Author of New Book Linking Terror to Occupation to Speak at CAIR Banquet Groundbreaking book a 'powerful educational tool' to challenge Islamophobia
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/10) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that University of Chicago Professor Robert Pape, the author of a groundbreaking new book showing that foreign occupation -- not religion -- motivates suicide terror attacks, will speak at CAIR's 16th annual banquet on Saturday, October 9 in Arlington, Va.
According to the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism:
"Through a close analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, the authors provide powerful new evidence that, contrary to popular and dangerously mistaken belief, religion alone motivates only a tiny minority of these attacks. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people to carry out suicide attacks."
Lee H. Hamilton, co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, said of the book:
"Pape and Feldman offer a powerful analysis of the factors underlying the rise in suicide terrorism in recent years and bring clarity to a complex and challenging subject. I commend this book to both scholars and policy makers with a serious interest in U.S. national security policy."
"This groundbreaking new book offers a powerful educational tool to be used in challenging Islamophobia that is based on the false linkage between Islam and suicide terrorism," said CAIR National Executive DirectorNihad Awad.
Awad said Professor Pape will also take part in a workshop on "Challenging Islamophobia" at a CAIR leadership skills training conference being held the same day as the organization's annual banquet.
Professor Pape will sign copies of his new book following CAIR's evening banquet.
Other speakers at the CAIR annual banquet will include Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal, Muslim 9/11 first responders, noted journalist Helen Thomas, andinternationally-renowned Muslim scholar Dr. Tariq Ramadan. Mo Amer of the "Allah Made Me Funny" comedy group will provide entertainment.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.