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Muslims and Middle Easterners in New York

by Jake Neher
Muslim Boy standing on a corner in Sunnyside Queens
ChrisGoldNY, Flickr

The array of issues facing New Yorkers who practice Islam, and those of Middle Eastern descent.

It's difficult to skim through the day's news headlines without coming across something relating to New York City's Muslim and Middle Eastern Communities. Activists within those communities are responding to newly uncovered spying operations by the NYPD, and earlier this month a number of New Yorkers gathered to protest the presence of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who says he's in the city for medical treatment. 

Dr. John Entelis is a Professor of Middle East Studies at Fordham University in the Political Science Department. He’s written numerous books and articles on the comparative and international politics of the Middle East and North Africa, conducted extensive research in those region, and has contributed to many well-known publications including the New York Times.  

And Linda Sarsour is a community activist, born and raised in Brooklyn. She works with a number of advocacy groups. including the National Network for Arab American Communities and the Arab American Association of New York.

John and Linda help us dig into the wide array of issues facing New Yorkers who practice Islam and those of Middle Eastern decent.


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