From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Many of my students are Muslims, and they are often the ones who have the most difficult time in my classes. This is because they expect that I, an observant Muslim, will defend Islam as a religion of peace and confirm their beliefs. But it is precisely because I am a Muslim that I am frequently at odds with them…In this article, I will attempt to help the public understand the factual dynamics of Islam — removed from a hyperbolic, often irrational debate with one side insisting the religion could never justify terrorism/violence/jihad and the other using terrorist incidents to scapegoat all Muslims.