In the Media

Jordan is a frequent media commentator on issues related to Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia. Her work has been featured in a range of outlets, both Catholic and non.

(This list has not been updated since 2015.)

Why is Islamophobia worse now than just after 9/11? A researcher explains.

Vox: December 9, 2015

From a Q&A with Libby Nelson: “While so many people are aware of the things Trump is saying and might be outraged by it or concerned about it, they don’t know this other side, which is the things that are happening on the ground. They don’t see those real-world consequences. I’ve been really pleased that so many groups are trying to highlight what is going on on the ground level. Even earlier this year after the Chapel Hill shootings there were quite a large number of attacks against Muslims and Muslim institutions, and no one heard about it.”

“Muslims Worry Anti-Islam Rhetoric Will Make Them Targets”

McClatchy: November 19, 2015

Jordan spoke with reporter Hannah Allam about anti-Muslim political rhetoric and hate crimes.

How to Work for Interfaith Understanding

U.S. Catholic: September 11, 2015

From a profile in the magazine’s September issue, written by Barry Hudock: “Denari insists that you don’t need to have a full-time job in the field of interfaith relations in order to work toward better Muslim-Christian understanding. She’s quick to cite St. John Paul II, who said that interreligious dialogue is part of every Christian’s baptismal call—not necessarily the formal kind scholars carry on, but ‘the dialogue of life’ that involves getting to know people of other faiths and sharing life experiences with each other.”

Marhaba! Introducing HuffPost Arabi
Huffington Post Arabi: July 27, 2015

Arianna Huffington wrote this, introducing Huffington Post’s newest language platform: “In the context of stress and burnout, the adhan — the Islamic call to prayer — five times a day becomes a clarion call to pause and reevaluate what really matters. I love what Jordan Denari, from Georgetown’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, wrote: The adhan, like the ringing of church bells, calls us to gratitude, appreciation and attentiveness…That’s why the adhan can be good for everyone — even for those who aren’t Muslim, and for those who don’t believe in God.

Panelist on BBC’s “World Have Your Say” Eid al-Fitr Program
BBC: July 17, 2015

Commenting on Germany’s national broadcast of Muslim prayer on the Islamic holiday, and on Islamophobia in America: “I think gestures like this are really important because they not only normalize Islam and Muslims to the public, but they also say to Muslims, ‘you’re welcome here, you’re valued here.'”

UK Muslims Decry Move to Host Prophet Muhammad Exhibit
Al Jazeera: July 3, 2015

Azad Essa wrote: “But many commentators say the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad have little to do with free speech. In June, Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, said that sharing cartoons of the prophet contributed ‘to an existing climate of fear in which Muslims are seen as a threat – a climate that endangers Muslims in the West.'”

Catholic college students benefit from Muslim presence
The Catholic Standard: September 18, 2012

“When (my friend) would get up and pray early in the morning and pray late at night, it definitely made me want to have that kind of commitment in my own prayer life,” Denari said. “I really credit her and the Muslim community for my desire to re-engage in my Catholic community.”

Interreligious dialogues: A student-directed effort at Georgetown
Georgetown University: October 4, 2011

“I feel like my experience at Georgetown has really been shaped by my interaction with the Muslim community. Seeing the beauty in that community has helped me look for that in Catholicism.”

Blessed are the peacemakers” (Radio)
American Catholic Radio: September 5, 2011

“I was really upset post-9/11 that I was seeing such a poor portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the media, and I didn’t know many Muslims in high school, but the few that I did didn’t fit the profile or the stereotype that was being perpetuated in the media, and I was really frustrated by that.  That’s why I started to get interested in Islam and interreligious dialogue and creating  better understanding of Muslims in the West.”

“Interreligious dialogue is important to create peace and harmony and prevent conflict and things like that.  But I think it’s also so important because it can be enriching to us as Catholics because we do have things that we can learn from others who aren’t Catholic or Christian.”

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Muslim, Catholic students learn about others’ faith—and their own
Catholic News Service: May 11, 2011

She said the on-campus residence with 24 Christian and Muslim students provides plenty of opportunities for “unstructured dialogue,” which, as she put it, “often happens when I should be studying for my econ(omics) exam.” (Discussing Georgetown’s Muslim Interest Living Community.)

Jordan was quoted along with Eboo Patel, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core.

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2 Replies to “In the Media”

  1. “Even earlier this year after the Chapel Hill shootings there were quite a large number of attacks against Muslims and Muslim institutions, and no one heard about it.” How did they go un noticed? Please elaborate. Can you specify & define “attacks”? Name calling, swearing at, spitting, staring, gesturing or beheading, shooting, blowing up, driving over, burning, acid tossing, throwing off roofs, etc., etc., etc.

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