7 J. Islamic L. & Culture 1 (2002)
Muslims in America after 9-11

handle is hein.journals/jilc7 and id is 199 raw text is: MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
AFTER 9-11
Mohamed Nimer
Research Director at the
Council on American-Islamic Relations
The gruesome crime of terror on September 11, 2001 looms large in
America's public discourse, as the threat of terror continues to be formidable.
One major issue that came to the forefront was the Muslims of America-
their status and, in some situations, their very presence. While some have
favored a better public understanding of Islam and Muslims; others argued
Muslims have to choose between commitment to their faith and allegiance to
their nation; still others revived the defunct clash of civilizations thesis, ruling
out any possibility of dialogue. This paper documents the mixed responses of
Muslims and others in the aftermath of 9-11 and reviews actions and policies
taken by the government to safeguard security and liberty.
The moment that Muslims in America turned on their televisions and
were confronted with the horrible reality of 9-1 I's terrorist attacks, the paths
they would need to take in the following months became crystal clear.
Muslims realized their responsibilities as a community whose faith has been
linked to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history Some Americans who
succumbed to bigotry and intolerance tried to question their loyalty; some
even committed violence against them. At the same time, Muslims felt the
anguish of being part and parcel of a nation that had been the target of an

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