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For Muslims, a Beleaguered Feeling

One recent Saturday night, about 50 Muslim scholars filed into a classroom at George Mason University’s Arlington campus to hear the keynote address of their three-day conference on Islam and modernity. They had to watch it on a DVD. The speaker, Geneva-based Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, could not attend in person because his U.S. visa had been revoked. Yet to those in the audience, his moderate words sounded like the kind of message U.S. officials would applaud. He urged a serious dialogue on the “universal values” shared by Islam and the West and added, “We should not blame the West for our problems.” Full Story

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