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  1. Tomas
    Tomas May 20, 2012 at 1:52 am |

    Muslims could learn a lot from how Jews deal with anti-semitism. Its perpetrators are often the same pepole engaging in anti-muslim bigotry. There’s a difficult line to draw between criticizing anti-Muslim bigotry and Western criticism of certain regimes or the fraught status of women in certain countries (including in many Western countries still, one hastens to add). Muslim conservatives have a lot in common with Western conservatives in terms of family values. Likewise, Western liberals need to realize that the weakness of liberalism in many Arab countries today is the result of historical, rather than a constituent part of Muslim identity. These are only a few thoughts that can help build bridges between Muslims, Christians, and atheists, so-called Westerners and so-called non-Westerners . The very thought of these two groups as distinct and antithetic is obsolete and should be relegated to the dustbin of history. In short: combating Islamophobia is a battle that can only be won if Muslims and non-Muslims fight it together.

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