Claiming Islam is a misunderstood and vilified religion, journalism students have penned a book in the name of clearing up what they say are misconceptions about the faith.
“One Hundred Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans” is a booklet published recently as part of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism’s “cultural competence” series.
“This guide has sections [on] culture, language, religions, social norms, politics, history, politics, families and food,” explains the booklet’s Amazon.com description.
“At the beginning of the course, we agreed that there were several misconceptions about Muslim Americans,” Kate Kerbrat, a senior at MSU who helped write the guide last semester along with other students, told the Detroit Free Press. “A lot of people spread misinformation about Islam in order to scare people and vilify the religion.”
Among the questions the book attempts to answer:
* How do I say “Muslim?”
* What is the difference between Islam and Muslim?
* Who is Allah?* Who is Muhammad?
* How many Muslims are there around the world?
* Where do most of the world’s Muslims live?
* Are most Arabs in the world Muslim?
* How many Muslims are there in the United States?
* Are most Muslims in the United States immigrants?
* What are the major countries of origin for American Muslims?
* What are the fundamental components of Islam?
* What is the Quran?
* What the Quran say about Jesus?
* What does the Quran say about peace and violence?
* How does one become Muslim?
* What is the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims?
“It’s the latest guide by a journalism class at MSU that seeks to inform about various groups, including East Asian Americans, Latinos and Arab Americans. This month, the class will start work on a guide about Jewish Americans,” the Free Press reports.