Craig Considine

Craig Considine

He is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent. As a sociologist, his main research interests include interfaith dialogue, Christian-Muslims relations, race and ethnicity, as well as comparative research and ethnography. He blogs at craigconsidinetcd.com/ and tweets as @CraigCons (twitter.com/craigcons)

The price I pay for respecting Islam

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would become a scholar focusing on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. Growing up, my passion was playing basketball and following the Boston Celtics. I never had any Muslim friends. In fact, I did not even know a single follower of Islam until my college years. If you had asked me “What is a Muslim?” when I was 16-years-old, I would not be able to answer you. But everything changed when 9/11 happened.  Muslims were seen as “extremists” and Islam was an “evil” force that had to be crushed by “freedom loving people”. When it came time to ...

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