Misperceptions About Islam Today – Interview with Reza Aslan

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Europe, Islam, Islamophobia, USA
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These types of stereotypes and misinformation about Islam and Muslims are often blamed on ignorance, and many argue that education is the best way to dispell these misconceptions. However, when it comes to outright bigotry, Aslan argues that the problem isn’t ignorance. Bigotry stems from fear, he says—and fear cannot be quelled through education.

“The only way that you can battle fear is through relationships,” he explains. “Polls show that if you just know one Muslim that it cuts in half your negativity rating of Islam…because if you know a person…then you can’t see him as just a symbol.” Further, he says that the simple act of “opening up [your] eyes and looking around,” can change many of the outlandish beliefs about the Eastern world—simply by taking the time to understand how nonsensical most of them are.

Top 10 misconceptions about Islam

http://listverse.com/2009/07/10/top-10-misconceptions-about-islam/

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