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Fighting the Takfiris: Building an Inclusive American Muslim Community by Countering Anti-Shia Rhetoric in the USA

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In “Fighting the Takfiris: Building an Inclusive American Muslim Community by Countering Anti-Shia Rhetoric in the USA”, Raza Mir and Mohammad Ali Naquvi argue that the dominant problem concerning Muslims in the USA continues to be emerging Islamophobia, a racist tendency that denies any intra-Islamic heterogeneity in its construction of Muslims. However, recent events have brought a lot of sectarian tensions within Muslims to the fore, particularly in the shape of rising Salafi/Wahhabi and Deobandi puritanism, which manifests itself as an intolerance both of intra-Islamic heterogeneity and of non-Muslim faiths. Mir and Naquvi map the arc of this growing anti-Shia rhetoric in the USA, which can trace horizontal transnational connections to similar, well-developed movements in South Asia and the Middle East. They also provide counterexamples of pan-Islamic harmony in the US sphere. Finally, they offer suggestions regarding how Muslim groups that are opposed to extremist ideologies can assist in developing intrafaith initiatives to combat extremist outfits, whose anti-Shia rhetoric is the tip of a very dangerous iceberg in the USA.

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Mir, R., Naquvi, M.A. (2016). Fighting the Takfiris: Building an Inclusive American Muslim Community by Countering Anti-Shia Rhetoric in the USA. In: Syed, J., Pio, E., Kamran, T., Zaidi, A. (eds) Faith-Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-94966-3_14

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