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NPR Touts Walking Tour of Muslim History in NYC That Leaves Out City’s Biggest Muslim Historical Site

NPR Touts Walking Tour of Muslim History in NYC That Leaves Out City’s Biggest Muslim Historical Site

Country: 
United States of America (the)
News Date: 
14/10/2019
Lancastrian
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My latest in :

 on Saturday ran an enthusiastic, bubbly puff piece about “free walking tours” that take place “about once a month to remember centuries of Muslim history in New York City.” Gee, that’s swell. But it does raise an inevitable question: isn’t there a site in New York City where Muslims had an enormous impact on that city, the United States, and the entire world? What is its name again? Why is it left out of this tour?

These are not snarky questions. They raise a larger issue: why must all Muslim history in the West be presented as positive? The same favor is not accorded to Christianity or any other religion; nor should it be. Why is whitewashing Islam mainstream and accepted, and telling the truth about Islam demonized and stigmatized? Would NPR ever run a puff piece about a walking tour of Christian history in New York City that resolutely ignored every possible negative aspect? Not on your life. And there’s the rub.