Davidson, Lawrence
June 2011
Arab Studies Quarterly;Summer/Fall2011, Vol. 33 Issue 3/4, p168
Academic Journal
The article profiles Muslim American scholar, educator, and principal Debbi Almontaser. It examines her work in New York City schools with Arab American students following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. and her work with the New York City Police Department in promoting cultural understanding. It also discusses her work in the formation of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) in New York City. The author argues that KGIA and Almontaser became the focus of criticism from people he calls Islamophobes, such as New York University professor Diane Ravitch, Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes, and an organization called Stop the Madrassa Coalition. The author examines the media and public pressure on the New York City Education Department to dismiss Almontaser.


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