Karen Hughes and American Muslims: Alliance against Extremism

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Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

In "Karen Hughes and American Muslims: Alliance against Extremism," Muqtedar Khan discusses Karen Hughes' meeting with American Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of North America convention. Hughes, a key advisor to President Bush, engaged in open dialogue, aiming to bridge gaps between American Muslims and the U.S. government. She introduced her strategy of Education, Empowerment, Engagement, and Exchanges, emphasizing the need for American Muslims to act as credible ambassadors for Islam. Despite initial skepticism, Muslim leaders were encouraged by her willingness to address Islamophobia and promote collaboration. Khan highlights that while Hughes' approach is promising, genuine changes in U.S. policies towards the Muslim world are essential for lasting progress.

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