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1 books of Ani Zonneveld, Muslims for Progressive Values, R. Olivia Samad, Vanessa Karam Aasif Mandvi

Introduction In the fall of 2010, I got a call from a Muslim friend in New York whose eleven-­year-­old son was assaulted by a schoolmate while riding the bus. The attacker was influenced by the prejudice around him and had watched comedian Jeff Dunham’s and his puppet “Achmed the Dead Terrorist.­” My friend filed an official complaint with the school district at the urging of her Jewish friend, a lawyer. He told her that at a neighboring school district, kids had painted “Muslim go home” on a student’s car. He also pointed out that it was only a few decades ago when Jews were “the Other.­” My own thirteen-­year old daughter was taunted and called “terrorist” by her schoolmates in Los Angeles. These incidents made me realize that I had to act– this anthology is the result. After 9/11, I not only came out of the closet as a Muslim, but fell into activism. As a songwriter and producer, I had kept my Muslim identity private for a long time. A lot of it had to do with my own insecurities . . .

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