Struggles of the Muslim Pundit: Islam and the Media

As various news outlets reacted to the attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher, a Kosher deli in Paris, producers across America picked up their phones, looking for people to speak for the global Muslim community. When jihadists take lives, Muslim public intellectuals are often asked to explain, make distinctions, or even apologize. Arsalan Iftikhar, Dalia Mogahed, and Reza Aslan share their stories from years spent answering for Islam. They reflect on the media’s role in distributing images of violence and propaganda, and the editorial decisions around when to publish—or not to publish—images of the Prophet.

This discussion took place at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.