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Salim Mansur

SALIM MANSUR

Background

Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is a former columnist for the London Free Press and the Toronto Sun, and has contributed to various publications including National Review, the Middle East Forum and Frontpagemag. He often presents analysis on the Muslim world, Islam, South Asia and the Middle East.

 

            Salim Mansur is Associate Professor in the faculty of social sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, and teaches in the department of political science. He is the author of Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism (2011), Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim (2009) and co-editor of The Indira-Rajiv Years: the Indian Economy and Polity 1966-1991 (1994), and has published widely in academic journals such as Jerusalem Quarterly, The Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Arab Studies Quarterly, and Middle East Quarterly.

            Mansur wrote a weekly syndicated column for Toronto Sun for over a decade since before 9/11 and his Sun columns were published across Canada in newspapers owned by the Sun Media. He wrote a monthly column for the magazine Western Standard (Calgary), and periodically for National Post (Canada). He has published in the Globe and Mail (Toronto), in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online and FrontPageMagazine.com, in the webmagazine PJMedia.com in the United States and in the Canadian Observer; he also writes for the on-line journal of the Gatestone Institute, New York.

            Mansur was born in Calcutta, India, and moved to Canada where he completed his studies receiving a doctorate in political science from the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Western Ontario he worked as a Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security in Ottawa. Mansur is a Senior Distinguished Fellow with the Gatestone Institute in New York, member of the Board of Directors of Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, D.C., an academic consultant with the Center for Security Policy also based in Washington, D.C., Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform in Ottawa, Vice President for the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow based in Toronto, and Vice President for Canadians Against Suicide-Bombing. He is a frequent analyst and commentator on radio and television, invited as a panelist in PBS Jim Lehrer Hour and participated in the Doha Debates held in Doha, Qatar, broadcast on the BBC World Forum from London, England. Mansur’s book Delectable Lie was awarded in 2014 the “Montaigne Medal” by the Eric Hoffer Book Award (USA) for the “most thought-provoking title” of the year. Mansur was presented in February 2015 with the POGG (Peace, Order, & Good Government) “Canadian Values Award” in Ottawa, and in September 2006 with the American Jewish Congress’s Stephen S. Wise “Profiles in Courage” award in Los Angeles, United States.

Brexit and Multiculturalism

---Published in AMERICAN THINKER, 26 June, 2016

The people of Britain made their decision by a slim majority of 52 per cent to 48 percent to Leave the EU. After months of heart-wrenching debates and all the leverage that the Remain side with the Prime Minister David Cameron and his opposite, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, could apply, the people decided staying within the EU was not positive for Britain’s future.

The referendum’s outcome throws Britain into a period of economic and political uncertainties that the Remain side vigorously pushed as their main argument for staying within the EU. There will be a lot of soul-searching among the British elites in politics and business, in the media and in the universities, as to why the opponents of the EU prevailed. The referendum results will be minutely analyzed to understand why the British public was not sufficiently persuaded by their party leaders to back the status quo, and why on the other hand a majority of voters put aside their fear of uncertainty in favor of leaving the EU.

But the overarching reason why Britain left the EU, I believe, is plainly and simply understood if political correctness is set aside. A slim majority of the British public, primarily its aging population who remember what Britain was once like not too long ago as society and culture that open immigration policy severely, if not mortally, has undermined, decided that to save what remained of their island kingdom they needed to regain their full political sovereignty instead of losing more of it to the bureaucrats of the EU in Brussels.

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A Ramadan Reflection: Trump, Muslims and American Islam

--Published in AMERICAN THINKER, 15 June 2016

The month of Ramadan just begun for Muslims is not merely about the rigors of fasting and prayers, it is also about meditating on man’s responsibility in this world and accountability in the next. One of the most urgent issues for Muslims at the present time is take responsibility for those who commit violence against innocent people in the name of Islam, and unequivocally repudiate them and their theology that defiles Islam and makes a mockery of God’s revelation to Muhammad that first occurred, as tradition records, in the month of Ramadan.

But nearly fifteen years after 9/11 and counting, Muslims in America as elsewhere remain in denial of Islam’s role (or a perverse theological rendition of Islam) in the terrorist violence that spread from the Middle East around the world. This explains in part why any expectation that so-called “moderate” Muslims in sufficient numbers will publicly repudiate their religious compatriots who engage in terrorism as an act of religious obligation, or jihad (holy war), has not materialized yet and likely will not unless there is some significant change in majority American view of Islam that presses upon Muslims.

The emergence of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for the presidential election in November could be the spur for a sufficient number of Muslims, if they have courage and imagination, to break from their past. A Trump presidency might well facilitate the making of an American Islam as an effective counterweight to political Islam, or Islamism, that has been ruinous for Muslims everywhere in modern times.

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Trump and “the Trump phenomenon” (I)

On winning the May 3rd GOP primary in Indiana, Donald Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for the presidential election in November 2016. Trump’s win over sixteen other contenders for the nomination as an outsider, as a business tycoon with no past experience of running for an elected office, has been a most remarkable story in recent American politics. The last time the GOP nominated an outsider and non-politician as the party’s nominee for the presidency was Dwight D. Eisenhower. Books will be written on how Trump won, and why Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Governors Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rick Perry, among the more notable contenders lost.

 

I began giving attention to the GOP primary ahead of the primary season last summer when the contenders began to gather. Donald Trump announcing his candidacy in June 2015 spurred my interest. Just about every opinion writer in the mainstream American media was scornful of Trump, and dismissive of the very notion that he might be the eventual Republican nominee. Soon after the primary season opened in January 2016, I wrote to friends frequently sharing my thoughts with them on what I came to view as “the Trump phenomenon” in explaining Trump winning primary after primary.

 

Following the New Hampshire primary held on February 9, which Trump won, I wrote to friends the letter I reproduce below. In it I began to explore “the Trump phenomenon.” 

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  1. On Holocaust and Muslim anti-Semitism - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr5FAVgdwH8
  2. On Immigration Reform at a parliamentary hearing in Ottawa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvAGbzfnGBQ
  3. On Multiculturalism as Delectable Lie at McGill in Montreal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwdV0_a82e4
  4. On Israel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Sm9lIWFqo
  5. In A Conversation with Robert Vaughan of Just Right Media - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpfxKvMycM


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