"As a social scientist ... as a Muslim, it was almost my moral duty ... to be involved in some way in the exercise of talking about, explaining, debating [and] discussing Islam," explained Ahmed, 65, who took a year's sabbatical to focus his energies. "After 9/11, Islam became the most talked-about, controversial, debated, hated and, really, mystified religion in America. I just couldn't sit it out."Muslim in America: a 'voyage of discovery' - via CNN.com
Scholar Akbar Ahmed and his young team explore Muslim identity in America, a really interesting article, I highly recommend reading it.