Gordon Blaine Steffey, the Barbara Boyle Lemon ’57 & William J. Lemon Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Randolph, recently published an article in the quarterly publication Critical Muslim, sponsored by the Muslim Institute in London.
In Critical Muslim 17: Extreme, Steffey tracks the shift in policy language about Islam. He argues that while Islam is increasingly and appropriately disappearing from national security strategy, policy paradigms like Countering Violent Extremism inappropriately target Muslim American and immigrant Muslim communities. Meanwhile the migration of hard right Islamophobia into the mainstream constitutes a new locus of concern for Muslim Americans, immigrant Muslims, and for informed citizens.
Steffey also recently shared his thoughts with local media about an Islamic newspaper being delivered to homes in nearby Bedford County.