restricted access Combating Islamophobia


Since September 11, 2001, the phenomenon known as “Islamophobia” has swept across the United States, reflecting the growing concern among many Americans that practitioners of the Muslim faith are fundamentally irrational, intolerant, and violent and that Islam has become inconsistent with the American way of life. Prominent among those who are fanning the flames of this particular narrative are elements within the American far- right, including evangelical Christians. In October, 2015, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in partnership with Peace Catalyst International and the Dialogue Institute brought together some thirty prominent U.S. evangelical leaders with selected representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, and non-evangelical Christian faiths to address the various dimensions of Islamophobia, how they manifest themselves, and what can be done to counter them. This essay captures the details.