How Islamists Use Sharia to Prevent Assimilation and Hold American Muslims Back

By Kyle Shideler, Dalia al-Aqidi and Zuhdi Jasser

The following paper is based on an April 9 webinar entitled “How Islamists Use Sharia to Prevent Assimilation and Hold American Muslims Back” convened by the Center for Security Policy featuring Kyle Shideler, Dalia al-Aqidi and Zuhdi Jasser.

The American experiment with immigration has always presumed that those coming to the United States had the intention of becoming Americans, putting aside old allegiances, and thereby integrating into society. It was also understood that immigrants would endeavor to keep elements of their cultural and religious traditions intact in the New World, and that some of these may even eventually be adopted and “Americanized” by the native populace.

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About Kyle Shideler

Kyle Shideler is the Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy. Mr. Shideler specializes in Islamist groups operating in the United States, having spent over a decade researching and writing on their history, doctrine, and impact. Read his complete bio here. Follow Shideler on Twitter at @ShidelerK.