Today's #WednesdayWisdom: READ our thread on #Jihad based on our new factsheet. Read all Bridge's factsheets here: bridge.georgetown.edu/factsheets-wha…
Jihad is an Arabic word meaning "struggle" or "thrive" often used to describe personal, spiritual efforts to follow God
The majority of Muslims agree that the concept details activities describing inner spiritual struggle to be better for the sake of God
Examples of these types of spiritual struggles are committing to daily prayers, abstaining from gossip, and eating more veggies
However, anti-Muslim groups and militants have co-opted the word and equate it to violence, “holy war,” and “terrorism”
Mainstream media has also popularized the use of Jihad as way of talking abt "holy war" often used 2 describe violence committed by #Muslims
Anti-Muslim groups have co-opted "jihad" to promote a conspiracy theory about a Muslim "civilization jihad" plan to "take over America"
This conspiracy theory has already been debunked: bridge.georgetown.edu/civilization-j…
Current/former Trump admin officials--Bannon, Miller, Gorka--have used 'jihad' or 'jihadist' when referencing violence committed by Muslims
Such uses of #jihad are dangerous because they play into a narrative that all #Muslims are a #threat, which feeds into #Islamophobia & hate
For more on #jihad, READ our one-page factsheet here: bridge.georgetown.edu/factsheet-jiha…

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Mar 16, 2018
1) The @StateDept has nominated Ken Isaacs to serve as director general of @UNmigration.

Isaacs has an extensive history of sharing anti-#Muslim sentiment on @Twitter, & has promoted the views of prominent anti-Muslim activists like Robert Spencer.

cnn.com/2018/03/15/pol…
(2) In December, Isaacs RTed the following tweet from Robert Spencer. Spencer is the head of multiple anti-Muslim organizations, and claims that American Muslim organizations and mosques are front groups for terrorists.

imgur.com/a/QzN6E
(3) In Jan, Isaacs RTed @frankgaffney, who heads the Center for Security Policy, a prominent anti-Muslim think-tank that has promoted conspiratorial claims about an impending Muslim takeover of the US.

For more on CSP, check out our factsheet: bridge.georgetown.edu/factsheet-cent…
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Sep 14, 2017
Our #ThursdayThoughts on #Islamophobia are about #Dawah. Read our thread & check our NEW factsheet on Dawah here: bridge.georgetown.edu/factsheet-dawa…
Dawah is an Arabic term w/ a range of meanings generally understood to signify an invitation (definitions here: tinyurl.com/ybbsp24u)
#Dawah activities include acts of charity and proselytization
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