Islam in the United States

Robert G. Rabil
International Relations / Politics

Course Description

The September 11th terror attacks and the ongoing U.S. campaign against extremism and terrorism led to a great interest in Islam and American Muslims who have become the focus of internal debates within and beyond the Muslim communities in the United States. Those debates, ranging from Muslim demography, to gender, to political and civic participation, to anti-Semitism, to Islamic schools, to Islamism, to inter-community relations, to perceptions of the war on terror, have had mixed reactions. Though Americans are fairly tolerant, they remain concerned about anti-American Islamism and transnational jihadism around the world, which made some wary of Islam in United States. This presentation attempts to examine Muslim society in the United States within the context of the afore-mentioned issues to gain a better understanding of Islam and American Muslims.

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, and U.S.-Arab-Israeli relations. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary PhD in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-2019
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award