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Quoted: HuffPo on Political Islam

Is Political Islam a Threat to the West?

As Hussein Rashid, a PhD candidate in Harvard University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, remarked, "One thing to keep in mind is that 'Islam doesn't speak, Muslims do.' It is Muslims who define what Islam says and does, within broad parameters. The new generation is engaged, informed, and articulate. It scares the Islamists, because [the new generation] won't fall for the ideologues."

UN Press Conference on Muslim Leadership

Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow

Recalling the 2006 Copenhagen conference, Mr. Rashid noted the diversity of the participants: “You had various Sunni Muslims, various Shia Muslims -- progressive, conservative, liberal, reactionary, if you will -- but all coming together at the same table to talk about how we can make the world a better place. And I am really looking forward to continuing those conversations at this conference now.”