Are Muslims Still Angry at America?

In America, there is a season for everything.  There is a season to be thankful, to be good to your loved ones, to be jolly, or to feel contemplative, and so on.  Now is the season for taking a close look at the Muslims at large, who, in the minds of a majority of Americans, are still linked with the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  That link is more symbolic in nature, but its power is being felt as this country approaches September 11, 2011.  I accentuate the notion of symbolism related to this issue because very few Americans bothered to study its nuances.  Even though writing about Islam and Muslims’ attitudes and feelings has become a cottage industry in the post-9/11-era inside the United States and in other countries, quite a few of those projects contain nonsensical explanations by the authors who have little knowledge of Islam and Muslims, or who have barely travelled to any Muslim country, much less lived in any of those countries for a long period of time.  Steven Kull’s essay, “Why Muslims are still mad at America” and his book, Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger At America, are exceptions to that rule.  He is an academic from the University of Maryland, and has spent a lot of time interviewing Muslims for his book.

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