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Farah Pandith

Farah Pandith is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, where she is an expert on the Islamic State group and its efforts to recruit young Muslims. She is writing a book on extremism. Contact via her research assistant, Zach Shapiro.

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Reporting on hate speech

In 2010, a Florida pastor with just a few dozen followers attracted international media coverage when he announced plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11. By taking the bait, media outlets became complicit in advancing his hate-filled agenda, making Terry Jones a household name in the U.S. and far beyond. […]

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Reporting on Islam

While 1 in five people practice Islam internationally, a Pew Research survey in 2010 found that about half of Americans are able to correctly identify the Quran and Ramadan as associated with Islam. Another Pew survey in 2007 revealed that 58 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam’s practices, and often, what they do know […]

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Rick Ross

Rick Ross is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Ross A. Institute, which is based in Jersey City, N.J., and has a mission of studying controversial groups and movements. The institute maintains a database on polygamist groups

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Dorothy Allred Solomon

Dorothy Allred Solomon, a monogamist who is the 28th of the 48 children born to the late polygamist Mormon Rulon Allred, is the author of Predators, Prey and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy (W.W. Norton and Co., 2003). She lives in the Salt Lake City area. She says that because of secrecy and isolation, as well […]

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John R. Llewellyn

John R. Llewellyn is a retired Salt Lake County, Utah, sheriff’s lieutenant who extensively investigated polygamy cults. A former polygamist, he wrote Polygamy Under Attack: From Tom Green to Brian David Mitchell (Agreka Books, 2004), A Teenager’s Tears: When Parents Convert To Polygamy (Agreka, 2001), and Murder of a Prophet: The Dark Side of Utah Polygamy (Agreka, 2000). Llewellyn is now a […]

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Cindi Love

The Rev. Cindi Love is the founder of FamLo, a faith-based nonprofit that works for social justice for the marginalized, including LGBT people. She is the author of Would Jesus Discriminate?: The 21st Century Question and can discuss the issues and conflicts faced by teenagers coming out in evangelical and fundamentalist Christian communities. She is also […]

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