George W. Bush posed this question on behalf of Americans in the days after 9/11. His incorrect answer – “they hate our freedoms; our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other” – imprinted a collective fear of Muslims and Islam in the minds of many Americans, and set the stage for an ongoing war on terror that has claimed over one million lives.
Answering your questions about Islam
Drawing on experiences from his five years living in Kazakhstan, Salaam’s founder, Steve Slocum, takes us on a journey through the world of Islam – from its humble beginnings as a social justice movement, to the rise and fall of its mighty empire, to the everyday faith and practice of your Muslim neighbors. Slocum provides a representation rarely encountered in a world dominated by news of extremism – that of Islam’s mainstream moderates.