About the book
Arson and vandalism at houses of worship. Bullying at schools and harassment at the grocery store. Political scapegoating and institutionalized discrimination. Muslims in the United States and beyond have faced Islamophobia in a range of forms. This ground-breaking book argues that Christians—though they are not the targets of Islamophobia—should be at the forefront of efforts to end the prejudice and discrimination that Muslims face.
Writing for Christians of all denominations, Jordan Denari Duffner offers an introduction to Islamophobia, discusses the unfortunate ways that Christians have contributed to it, and offers practical steps for standing in solidarity with Muslims. Viewing Islamophobia as both a social justice and a religious freedom issue, Duffner makes the case that Christian faith calls us to combat religious discrimination even when it is not directed toward our own faith community. She weaves together insights from Catholic social teaching, examples from Protestant leaders, and expertise from Muslim scholars and activists, resulting in a compelling book that will be of interest to academic and lay audiences alike.
"Jordan Denari Duffner draws on both serious scholarship and vast personal experience to assist disciples of Jesus Christ to cultivate an informed intellect, mature spirituality, and, above all, a heart that replaces fear, ignorance, and injustice towards Muslims with a generous love."
– Cardinal Joseph Tobin
Roman Catholic Archbishop
of Newark, New Jersey
Jordan Denari Duffner is an author, educator, and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia. Her books are Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic (2017) and Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination (spring 2021).
A Catholic Christian based in Washington, DC, Ms. Duffner is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. A former Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, she is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked from 2014 to 2017 as a research fellow.
Committed to public theology, religious literacy, and combatting religious discrimination, Ms. Duffner has published dozens of articles and commentaries in both academic and lay publications. She serves as a frequent media commentator and consultant for non-profits, journalists, and church leaders, and has given dozens lectures and webinars across North America. She has experience both facilitating and participating in interreligious dialogue.
Bridging the realms of academia and public life, Ms. Duffner’s writing has received wide acclaim. Her first book was named among the top Catholic books of 2018 by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
Jordan holds a Master’s degree in theological and religious studies and completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Originally from Indianapolis, she lives with her husband, Chris, outside Washington, D.C.