Debates over mass attacks committed by Muslims have become a feature of American political discussions. This episode provides information about definitions of the word “terrorism;” covers the historical background of al-Qaeda and ISIS; and then examines violence in American more broadly. The goal of this video is to allow people to bring more informed opinions to their discussions of religion and violence.
Presented by Ariela Marcus-Sells, Religious Studies.
About the Perspectives on Islam series:
Recent polls indicate that most Americans have very limited information about Islam and that most do not personally know a Muslim. This series aims to provide information about Islam from a scholarly perceptive as well as present the perspectives and voices of Muslims from Elon’s own community. The goals of this series are: 1) to increase public knowledge about issues relating to Islam; and 2) to encourage people to think more deeply about issues common to all religious traditions and societies. Each episode answers some common questions and concerned and then raises other questions that are left unanswered. We hope that instructors will use these open questions to encourage debate, dialogue, and questioning.
References and Additional Resources:
Cato Institute: Rates of Incarceration for Immigrants vs. non-Immigrants – https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/immigration_brief-1.pdf
Law Enforcement Assessment of Extremist Threats: https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/files/2013/06/Kurzman_Schanzer_Law_Enforcement_Assessment_of_the_Violent_Extremist_Threat_final.pdf
Gun Violence Archive for Mass Shootings: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shootings/2015?page=13
Uploaded by Ted Morée 2017-09-07