The Democrats’ Problem With ‘Radical Islam’

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Media Outlet: Foreign Policy

By playing along with some Arab governments’ denial of the existence of a problem with the ideology of those on the fringes of Islam, Nadia Oweidat, a lecturer of Islamic thought at Georgetown University, argued that the Democrats’ approach can actually backfire on religious reformers. The tactic “can potentially alienate those who want to reform Islamic thought,” she said. “[If] the problem is viewed as non-Islamic, then you don’t need to address Islamic thought.”

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Nadia Oweidat was a Class of 2017 Middle East Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. is a Smith Richardson Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a book on social media and positive change among Arabic speakers.