POLICING MUSLIM AMERICAN COMMUNITIES: A Compendium of Post 9/11 Interviews

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This book examines the experiences and social conflicts facing Muslim Americans in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, providing insight on how the highly politicized and tense atmosphere which followed the events of 9/11 impacted the relationship between law enforcement agencies and Muslim American communities. This work also provides several polyvalent themes for improving domestic counterterrorism strategies, including the need for law enforcement agencies to make a concerted effort to educate themselves on the basic tenets of Islam, along with its diverse customs and culture; to establish an open and honest active dialogue with Muslim community members; and to create and sustain a relationship with the Muslim American community based on the foundational concepts of mutual participation, respect, dignity, honor, and social justice.


“Dr. Gaskew has made a significant contribution by writing this book. . . . [He] uses the concepts of understanding, dialogue, and participation to bridge this conflict and provides sound policy recommendations that have the potential to inform all levels of law enforcement.” – Prof. Gregory M. Vecchi, Nova Southeastern University

“This book is exciting and relevant and effectively bridges the gap between policing and cultural relativism.” – Prof. Tina Jaeckle, Flagler College

“Gaskew has done his country a great service by doing the research presented in this book coupled with his sound policy recommendations. It is up to those in power to implement them.” - Prof. Michael Klausner, University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword by Dr. Gregory M. Vecchi
Introduction: Fear, Anger, and Understanding
1. Overview of Methodology
2. Islam ands Its Contextual Sources
3. Confronting Political Islam
4. Ethnic Conflicts and Diversity within The Ummah
5. Respect, Honor, and Dignity in a Post 9/11 World
6. Building a New Relationship
Appendix A (Verbal Consent Form)
Appendix B (Informational Business Card)

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