Islam

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills has spent his career taking a close look at the Roman Catholic Church. But for all that thinking about religion, he had never read the Qur’an until recently. What he learned about Islam is the subject of his new book, “What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters,” and this episode of “Two Way Street.” 

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Muslims are a mystery to many Americans. And to some, they are targets. In recent weeks, several Atlanta-area mosques have received death threats. Leaders of all faiths across the state hope to give people a better understanding of Islam. Over the weekend, GPB’s Olivia Reingold visited an Atlanta mosque that opened its doors for the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day.”

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Flowers and notes of support adorned the fence of the Islamic Center of Savannah Monday after the mosque received a threatening letter.

The anonymous note called Muslims "vile and filthy" and said President-elect Donald Trump is "going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews."

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Preparations are underway for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and Atlanta is home to one of the best track and field teams in the world. The Georgia Track Club will send a number of athletes to this year’s games. We speak with three time Gold medalist Angelo Taylor about what it takes to train for the Olympics. We also talk with Hazel Clark, Executive Director of the Georgia Track Club, about some of the financial struggles athletes face on the road to the Olympics. 

 

Islamic Society of Augusta

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi has seen Muslims targeted based on biases and stereotypes in an effort to detect radicalization in the general population. He is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Augusta and spearheading an outreach to educate the public and increase dialogue about Islam.