August 30, 2012
“How do you balance between defending your faith and criticizing Muslims who abuse it?”
Q&A with Imam Feisal for Religion News
By Daniel Burke| Religion News Service, Published: August 29
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent most of his adult life trying to build interfaith and international bridges. But to many Americans, he is the public face of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” one of the most controversial religious projects in recent U.S. history.
Rauf reflects on that turmoil in his new book, “Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America.” But as the book’s subtitle suggests, the longtime imam spends most of his time facing forward — toward the development of a distinctly American brand of Islam. He spoke recently with Religion News Service. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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