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Primer for Understanding Islam

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the demand for accurate, nuanced information about Islam has grown in the United States and Western Europe. As late as 2009, only 41 percent of survey respondents said they feel knowledgeable on Islam's practices — and what they know is sometimes wrong.

To help news reporters better understand Islam, Religion Newswriters Association, a membership organization devoted to promoting and supporting quality religion reporting, has produced an online resource covering Islam's major beliefs, practices, teachings and branches. The resource also includes links to articles depicting developments in U.S. and western Islam, high-quality polls and surveys, and national sources of information on Muslim art, architecture, literature, culture, and philosophy, along with contact information for U.S. experts on Islam, think tanks, university centers, and organizations, and more. It's available on RNA's site for journalists, ReligionLink.

For more scholarly information and data on Islam, explore Insights Into Religion's Best Resources for Teaching Religion.



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