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Abdullah Al-Arian and Hafsa Kanjwal


The Perils of American Muslim Politics

[President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an Iftar dinner. Image from U.S. Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr.]

This Ramadan, many American Muslim leaders are anxiously awaiting to hear whether they have made the cut for the annual White House Iftar. An invitation to this iftar, as with similar events the State Department and the Pentagon hold, serves to symbolize recognition in the halls of American power and a degree of success for those Muslims who have sought active engagement within the political arena. Rewarded by a chance to break their fast with President Obama, they have been ...

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Abdullah Al-Arian and Hafsa Kanjwal


Abdullah Al-Arian is co-editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page. He is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar and the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt


Hafsa Kanjwal is a doctoral candidate in History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.