Mainstream American Muslims after September 11

January 10, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On January 10, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor featured the article "Muslim in America." It reported, "For Muslim Americans, the months since Sept. 11 have been a wrenching experience that has brought both the best of times and the worst of times - opening the door to broader acceptance in US society, but then in effect slamming it on their fingers at a time when they might be able to make a valuable contribution." The article continued, "for those who have eagerly been working in recent years to move Muslims from the margins to the mainstream of American society, the events threatened a horrendous setback. And subsequent weeks have brought a mix of public support and disheartening treatment. 'The community is confused, scared, not certain of the directions,' says Akbar Ahmed, professor of international relations at American University in Washington."