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Comparative Muslim Societies Program Statement on Islamophobia and Cornell President Martha E. Pollack's Statement on Cornell's Core Values

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There is no place for Islamophobia in this university, or indeed, in American society as a whole.  The Comparative Muslim Societies Program represents a collective of scholars and students who are committed to studying Islam in the world, both in the Muslim world per se (stretching from Morocco to Indonesia), and also in places where Muslims form a distinct minority, including the United States.  This is a community of over one billion people and one that deserves to be accorded the respect that all other people are given.  Recent charged rhetoric in our own country puts this very basic supposition in doubt.  And rhetoric can become action, as we have seen with all-too-disastrous results in the past, across many countries and across different eras.  The Comparative Muslim Societies Program is committed to continuing a peaceful and respectful dialogue on the many worlds of Islam, both “out in the world” and here at Cornell. We affirm those values in these troubled times, and keep our own program as an open space to those who might feel fear in the face of stereotyping and outright, undisguised hatred. Here is the Core Values Statement recently announced by Cornell’s President Martha Pollack. They are values under which we at Cornell are called upon to respect peoples from all religions and from around the globe: