Integrating Islam

Integrating Islam

Subway bombings in Madrid and London, riots in France, and protests over Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet Mohammed have prompted concern about how Muslim immigrants are adjusting to Europe’s liberal and secular society. Across the Atlantic, the situation seems more sanguine. A recent study released by the Pew Research Center found that Muslims in America are largely middle class and have integrated well. But the tensions in Europe have sparked fears that Islamic extremism could spread to the U.S. 

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Sean D. Carberry, Hermione Gee, Monica Villavicencio and Chris Williams / Photo credit: Alastair Humphreys /Hosts: Ray Suarez and Elizabeth Arnold 

Introduction and History

Elizabeth Arnold traces the history of Muslim immigration to Europe and the difficulties in integrating into their adopted homes.
Guest: Dr. Gilles Kepel, Professor at The Institute of Political Studies in Paris and author of "Beyond Terror and Martyrdom and The War for Muslim Minds."

Multiculturalism in Holland

Ray Suarez looks at multiculturalism in Holland and the challenge of reconciling Islam and a Dutch identity.
Guests include: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former Dutch Parliamentarian; Ahmed Marcouch, Mayor of Slotervaart; Farhad Golyardi, editor of the journal Eutopia; Dr. Paul Cliteur, Professor of Jurisprudence at Leiden University; Dr. Han Entzinger, Professor of Migration and Integration Studies at Erasmus University; Mohammed Cheppih, Chairman of Academica Islamica and founder of Amsterdam’s Polder Mosque; Fatima Lamkharrat, a social worker at SONOR, a social service agency in Rotterdam.

Immigrants in the US

Sean Carberry looks at how Muslim immigrants in Chicago and the Boston area are fitting into American society.
Guests include: Dr. Peter Skerry, Professor of Political Science at Boston College; Bilal Kaleem, Executive Director of the Boston Chapter of the Muslim American Society; Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder of the Interfaith Youth Corps; Dr. Aminah McCloud, Professor of Islamic Studies at DePaul University.

Assessing the Risk of Radicalism Spreading to the US

Ray Suarez moderates a roundtable discussion comparing the experience of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe and assessing the risk of Europe’s radicalism spreading to the US.
Guests include: Dr. Shireen Hunter, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; Dr. Amaney Jamal, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University; Dr. Robert Leiken, Director of the Immigration and National Security Program at The Nixon Center and author of the forthcoming book, "Europe’s Angry Muslims."