Ahmed Ahmed is an American-Muslim comedian who was typecast as a terrorist. Khalid Latif is a Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department who was saluted in uniform, but harassed as a civilian. Mona Haydar and Sebastian Robins fought Islamophobia with doughnuts and conversation.
There are as many different stories about being Muslim in the U.S. as there are Muslims. In this episode, we listen to stories from some American Muslims. We also explore how hyper-vigilance about the possible threat of Muslim-American violence might be making all Americans less safe.
Guests include Evelyn Alsultany of the Arab and Muslim American Studies program at the University of Michigan and Sanford School of Public Policy faculty member David Schanzer.
- Read the episode transcript.
- Find out more about the Secret Life of Muslims project.
- David Schanzer runs the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. We referenced this study on violent extremism and this study on community policing.
- Music by David Schulman and Sound of Picture. Also, Driftwood, Rythn, Skepto and Light Touch from Sound of Picture; Heliotrope by Blue Dot Sessions/Creative Commons; Wrap my Hijab by Mona Haydar.
Watch Ahmed Ahmed's story:
Watch Mona Hadar and Sebastian Robins' story:
Watch Khalid Latif's story: