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Senior Fellow Muqtedar Khan explores a wide range of topics pertaining to American Muslims as well as religion and politics




Muslims of Philippines break my heart. They are beautiful, devoted and sincere, but also poor, marginalized and living directly or indirectly under the shadow of war for nearly 400 years. Muslim presence in the islands that now constitute the modern Philippines date back to the 14th century. But for much of their history, Muslims in Philippines have been fighting against invasions and efforts to reform and govern them by, Chinese, Japanese, the Spanish, the Americans and now the Filipinos. There are anywhere between 5-10 percent Muslims in Philippines, a vast majority of them living i...

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The political environment was more balanced at the time of the first debate. Both Trump and Clinton were tied in the polls. The question was who would be able to sway more of the undecided. The context for this debate has changed dramatically. The exposure of Trump’s crude and cringeworthy attitude towards women exposed by leaked videos has sent Trump’s campaign into a tailspin. The question be...


He wanted to be a doctor, a pediatric cardiologist to be precise. I believe he will end up becoming a healer. Someone who could heal the gaping wounds - income gap, culture wars, bad governance, intolerance and violence — that are tearing our country apart.
This is Bryan Townsend I am talking about, the leading Democratic candidate for Congress from Delaware. Today I had an opportunity to diag...

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The attack on Istanbul international airport, the fourth terrorist attack on Istanbul this year and second in June, sends a clear challenge that the Turkish authorities cannot afford to ignore. I want to list a few security policy and public policy related issues that are critical for Turkey:
  1. ISIS has now made Turkey its target. Turkey is the easiest target they can attack to make an immediate global media impact.
  2. It is clear that Turkish security is unable to meet their challenge. ISIS and PKK are able to attack frequently and at high value targets.
  3. The mo...


On the 28th of June, Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, who was defeatedly soundly by, off all people, Donald Trump in the ongoing Republican primaries, is holding a hearing by a US Senate judiciary subcommittee that he chairs. The stated purpose of this hearing is to "expose the cover up of Islamic terror by the Obama administration."  You can read more about his plans by clicking more. Clearly the goal seems to be to take away attention from the demands for legislation for gun control and refocus the nation's att...
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About This Blog

Muqtedar Khan is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy. He also is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first director, from 2007-2010.

Previously, Khan was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution (2003-2008) and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University (2006-2007).

Khan has been the president, vice president and general secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He is the author of "American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom" (Amana, 2002), "Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations" (Praeger, 2004), "Islamic Democratic Discourse" (Lexington Books, 2006) and "Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West" (University of Utah Press, 2007).

Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, Fox, VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in more than 20 countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Khan earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University.
About The Author
Muqtedar Khan
is a Fellow at CGP and Professor at the University of Delaware