The Number One Book We All Need To Read And Here’s Why

In the New Year, the number one book that I suggest we all read is The Rabbit Listened, and here's why. The best-selling children's story teaches the very simple principle of empathy. In today's climate of rising conflict and ugly wars, it's important to listen to understand the root of violence and then offer sound solutions. To be honest, I don't read many children's books. I prefer the hard, … [Read more...]

Meaningful Discussions on Terrorism Will Continue To Matter in 2019

We live in an age of terrorism, which is why meaningful discussions on Islam will continue to matter in 2019. Violence from religious groups as well as violence perpetrated by far-right extremist groups will continue in the New Year. For decades, I've been teaching and lecturing on violent behavior, focusing primarily on women in conflict as well as searching for answers on the key question: Why … [Read more...]

Revealing Facts About America’s Gun Control Problem

America's gun control problem is spiraling out of control as more weapons fall into the wrong hands and innocent civilians are dying. A Time magazine article on guns in America illuminates the violent trend and examines both sides of this messy debate. According to the writers, "the gun debate stands frozen in the stalemate, advocates unable to agree even on the meaning of words."  For example, … [Read more...]

Battling the Bad Guys To Find the Truth Is Possible With Faith, Fortitude and Forbearance

Battling the bad guys to find the truth is possible with faith, fortitude and forbearance, even in a world where conflicts continue to rage. In this book review, award-winning author and scholar, Dr. Akbar Ahmed shares his insight on my new book Invisible Martyrs.  Read the review below:  Farhana Qazi, an American Pakistani, a senior counter-terrorism professional is the nearest equivalent to a … [Read more...]

The Rise of Far-Right Extremism In America Is A Worrisome Trend

The rise of far-right extremism in America is a worrisome trend and some experts blame divisive politics. These days, domestic terrorism consists of a kaleidoscope of groups with varying agendas and ambitions.  The data proves this.   In an informative news hour program by PBS, the United States will experience violent attacks by far right extremists every year. Why is this happening? Click … [Read more...]

The BBC Television Drama Sensationalizes the Muslim Female Terrorist

The new BBC television drama called "The Bodyguard" sensationalizes the Muslim female terrorist. The hit-drama that drew in millions of viewers opens with a nervous, scared and seemingly innocent female bomber--yes, she wears a suicide belt with a trigger in her hand--on a busy train. Anjli Mohindra played Nadai in the drama--the finale which was watched by 11 million people. (Image below) You … [Read more...]

Perspectives on Terrorism Book Review of Invisible Martyrs

Book reviews matter and I've been honored to receive the following reviews of my new book, Invisible Martyrs, from other scholars and kind-hearted readers. I'm honored to have this review from Joshua Sinai published in the "Counterterrorism Bookshelf" section of the Perspectives on Terrorism journal, Volume 12, Issue 5.  Farhana Qazi, Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female … [Read more...]

Today Islam Is Still Misunderstood, Misappropriated and Misinterpreted. Why Is This True?

Today, Islam is still misunderstood, misappropriated and misinterpreted. Why is this true? Recently, I was asked to give a talk to US government officials and someone commented on a question I presented in my talk: Is Islam a violent religion? (Obviously, the answer is no.). The official in the audience stated that there is a sizable group of Americans who do believe that Islam is violent, … [Read more...]

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