Â Scapegoats is an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently."Â PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
When a murderous psychopath goes on a killing spree, law enforcement officials and the media never make his religion the central issueÂ unless he happens to be a Muslim. Then it sets off another frenzied wave of commentary about the inherent evils that lurk within the Muslim faith. From Fox News talking heads, who regularly smear Muslim leaders as secret terrorists, to Bill Maher, who has made Islam a routine target, it has become widely acceptable to libel a religion with a following of over 1.5 billion peopleÂ nearly one-quarter of the world's population. Now popular commentator Arsalan IftikharÂ better known as Â The Muslim Guy"Â offers a spirited defense of his faith that is certain to win him wide acclaimÂ and yes, another round of overheated scolding from the usual media quarters.
Iftikhar's spirited defense of his faith is certain to hit a chord during the 2016 campaign season, as politicians and pundits vie to be the toughest on the block when it comes to escalating the hostilities in the Middle East, often demonizing Islam in the process. With his witty and levelheaded demeanor, the author will cut through all the sound and fury as a voice of sanity and reason.
Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, and senior editor of The Islamic Monthly magazine. He is a prominent media commentator on Islam and Muslims, who has been interviewed in many media outlets around the world, including CNN, BBC World News, National Public Radio (NPR), Al-Jazeera English, Time, Rolling Stone, The Economist and NBC's The Today Show and Meet the Press. He lives in Washington, DC.