The REAL Real Muslims of Texas | The Texas Observer

The REAL Real Muslims of Texas | The Texas Observer

When I saw an Esquire piece called “The Real Muslims of Irving, Texas” circulating this week, I was reminded that the interfaith outreach work to build bridges and combat stereotypes, which I’ve been doing for the last fifteen years, is still as necessary as ever.

The story, written by Iraq war vet Colby Buzzell, originally ran in the magazine’s March issue, but didn’t surface online until May 9. I had to re-read it several times before I understood why it bothered me: Once again I see American Muslims being reduced to stereotypes to support a simple narrative about who we really are.

It’s not a total wash — Buzzell has done two important things with this piece: He’s called national attention to the oppressive environment some Texas Muslims have to live with on a daily basis, and he engaged face to face with Irving’s local Muslim population.

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