The global rise of violent extremism is one of the greatest problems facing our world today, and it affects us all – especially women, who serve as the bedrock of their families and communities and shape the lives of our future generations. Unfortunately, the peaceful religion of Islam continues to be linked to terrorism – with far-reaching consequences – threatening national unity and our shared civic life, and causing severe reputational damage to Islam, the world’s second- largest religion. We hope you agree that it’s time to take a stand against the spread of this violence, divisiveness and hate.
At WISE, we’ve recently hit a major milestone. With the help of 60 Muslim contributors (academics, scholars, imams, activists and specialists), we completed the 400-page research and evidence-based report, called WISE Up, aimed at fighting Islamophobia and extremism with experience, knowledge and good judgment, and to show that the American Muslim community is collectively speaking out against all forms of hate, including Islamophobia and terrorism.
Section 1 – Voices of American Muslims
Section 2 – Islamic Theology vs. Extremist Ideology
Section 3 – Preventing Extremist Recruitment
WISE Up is led by American Muslims and joined by Americans of all faiths to 1) set the record straight on Islam and Muslims, and 2) to wrestle away the negative headlines by amplifying voices of reason.
WISE Up will be published as an online and offline educational toolkit, which can be leveraged to educate multiple grassroots communities about the flawed ideology being promoted by Islamophobes and extremists to create division and hatred.