Thursday, March 31, 2005

And now presenting... "Moderate, Pluralist Islam"

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The "Center for Islamic Pluralism" was founded on March 25th by neo-con Stephen Schwartz, and others.

From Pipe's weblog:

Stephen Schwartz, author of The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism, is as of today, also the director of the Center on Islamic Pluralism, a Muslim anti-Islamist organization with which I am connected

A few articles on Schwartz's background:

Exposing "terror experts"

Neo-conservatism and Stephen Schwartz

Understanding Stephen Schwartz

Another of this groups founders is:

Nawab Agha of the American Islamic Congress -

And another is Zuhdi Jasser: chairman, American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Others listed as founders (feel free to look up these characters, and what they are about, and please leave any info. you find in the comments section below):

Kemal Silay, CIP president: professor of Ottoman and modern Turkish culture at Indiana University.

Ahmed Subhy Mansour: former professor, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, author of Penalty of Apostasy:
A Study of Islamic Law, and members of the group "free muslims."

Salim Mansur: professor of political science, University of Western Ontario, and columnist, Toronto Sun.

Khaleel Mohammed, assistant professor of religious studies at San Diego State University, and member of the group called "free muslims."

Tashbih Sayyed: publisher, Muslim World Today.

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4 comment(s):

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    By Blogger Julaybib, at 4/01/2005 01:06:00 AM  

  • Salaams

    Ahmed Subhy Mansour and Khaleel Muhammad are members of the ultra-secular, Pipes-friendly 'Free Muslims Against Terrorism', which seems to claim that just about every Muslim alive has a packet of plastic explosive tucked in his/her vest - except supporters of FMAT, of course!

    Their website is best viewed while listening to the American National Anthem (opus Dubya):




    By Blogger Julaybib, at 4/01/2005 01:24:00 AM  

  • This org will go nowhere. No doubts on that.

    The funny on that site was Schwartz claming he had the ear of shi'as worldwide.

    HUHU yeah right.

    By Blogger Leila M., at 4/02/2005 07:27:00 PM  

  • Hello. I enjoy reading your website and blog. One correction I would ask you make: you note that Nawab Agha is the President of the American Islamic Congress, then link to a Stephen Swartz op-ed piece where he identifies Agha as President of the American Muslim Congress. Can you please change your link? Thanks, Kathryn Coughlin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/28/2005 08:29:00 AM  

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