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Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Students got a sense that 'they are Muslims' [from watching Inside Islam]. They realized that which motivates Muslims isn't different from what motivates them.
John Voll Professor, Georgetown University
Inside Islam should encourage everyone to admit that real dialogue is truly possible between the Muslims of the world and the West, between Muslims and Christians, and between whomever else we agree should be dialoguing.
[Inside Islam] was enlightening—especially the surprising data…that the vast majority of Muslims believe in freedom of speech.Ryan Scherbart
Eric C. St. Lawrence, NY
The most important lesson to me was to show us that media portrayals and political portrayals of Islam are not even close to accurate. [Inside Islam] showed that we must stop trying to dictate to the Middle East and instead try to learn about them.
One might wonder how a documentary interviewing academics and other experts about survey data could possibly be interesting. Even I--a former academic who enjoys this stuff--had trouble imagining how it would work. But [Inside Islam] does.
Inside Islam did an amazing job of educating me with the facts, rather than stereotypes. Thank you for producing this!
Gregory W. Houston, TX
I showed [Inside Islam] in my Recent Islamic Political Thought course, and the students benefitted from it greatly. I attended a showing of the film here in Houston and have a high opinion of the project.
US State Department http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2009/06/200906121613092sademahom0.8717419.html
The one thing Muslims around the world hope to get from the United States, according to a 2008 Gallup Poll report on public opinion of Muslims in more than 35 nations, is not money, military support or even democracy. What respondents want is understanding and respect. [Inside Islam]
My students gained a perspective [from Inside Islam] on what Muslim believe and not just knowing what is seen by the media post 9/11 in the US.
Gina T. Athens, GA
The most important lesson to me was to show us that media portrayals and political portrayals of Islam are not even close to accurate. [Inside Islam] showed that we must stop trying to dictate to the Middle East and instead try to learn about them....
Robert F. Shedinger
Inside Islam creates real fodder for class discussion and I have found myself referring back to it many times throughout the semester.
Joleen N. Denver, CO
What surprised me most after watching [Inside Islam] is the true meaning of jihad – it's beautiful! The most important lesson was that Islam is very different from what is portrayed in the media.
Muslims are misunderstood, due to media portrayal, based on the actions of a small group of extremists. Because of the media, the actions of a small group have created a universal misconception of the overall larger group. [Inside Islam]
Katie M. Canton, NY
What surprised me most after watching [Inside Islam] was the gap between what the media portrays and reality.
Inside Islam illustrates the difference between traditional puritan and modernizing moderate Muslims extremely well.
Ronnie St. Lawrence, NY
Radicalism in the Muslim world is about politics not religion ... and very few Americans understand what most Muslims think.[Inside Islam]
Roger J. Houston, TX
I attended the Inside Islam Premiere. It is absolutely critical in the current climate to foster understanding and respect with Muslims in Houston. We can be the model for how Muslims, Christians, Jews and nonbelievers can co-exist for the nation!
Erin Athens Georgia
We cannot stereotype a group based on some radicals' actions, so acquiring knowledge is important for there to be peace and understanding towards the religion. [Inside Islam]
Lara Lakewood, NJ
We must become more understanding in order to make more allies rather than enemies. [Inside Islam] can also help people to become more diverse and accepting of people that are different, if we only opened our minds.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to use Inside Islam in my Sociology class. Students referred back to the film throughout the semester.
After viewing Inside Islam, we got a more human view of Muslims and their opinions. Muslims have many other facets as human beings.
Nathan Liberty, MO
Inside Islam bridges the gap of xenophobia by demonstrating how moderate most Muslims are. If individuals watch this film, they will become more educated, leading to a more informed voter base.
Rabbi Yossi Leibowitz
The strength of Inside Islam was the presence of feminine voices that spoke of the quest of moderation & egalitarianism.
Micah Grand Rapids, MI
Inside Islam gives a scientific basis for promoting understanding of Muslims. Now, I have a scientific way to back up some of my beliefs about Islam that have come from my interactions with Muslim friends.
Michelle Y. Kansas City, MO
I have to tell you that I loved it! The content [of Inside Islam] was very validating of my feelings. It was nice to see that I’m not alone in the world! Additionally, the cinematography was fantastic! I enjoyed the 3-D like pictures, and the clarity was beautiful!
Thanks for the important work you’ve done in helping us educate our students [through Inside Islam].
Students learned many things from the film. It helped open the door to what is at times an awkward subject to breach. Thank you for making Inside Islam.
Paul X. New York, NY
I learned that Jihad should not be associated with terrorism. Inside Islam was a very enlightening hour and, since [I] have seen [it],I have been talking about the documentary in my everyday life when I talk about the region.
Genna P. Waukesha, WI
The most important lesson of [Inside Islam] was how little radical Muslims there actually are. Even within those radical Muslims, there is even a smaller amount that actually commit acts of terrorism which is equivalent to people in America who commit terrorist acts.
Courtney V. Athens, GA
The most important lesson [we learned from Inside Islam] is that most Muslims are normal people. They are not extremists.
Joseph R. Bristol, RI
I think the important thing that students learned from watching [Inside Islam] is the diversity of opinion in the Islamic world. The news media tends to show only the extreme elements of Islam, and this film does a very credible job showing that this is a false image of the religion.
Rena H. Hagerstown, IN
I am so under–informed! I appreciated learning more, in a nonbiased agenda. Inside Islam should be shown to all groups – via school programs, churches, meetings, etc. to help build the bridge of understanding.
Madeleine Albright 64th Secretary of State of the United States
When fear takes over, communication stops, that’s why Inside Islam is such an important film, and why the extensive surveys conducted by the Gallup organization are so worthwhile.
Kristina K. Liberty, MO
I was surprised that so many Westerners admitted to not respecting the Muslim world. I was also surprised that even after 9/11, the majority of Americans admitted to knowing virtually nothing about Islam. Inside Islam was very interesting, well-made, and thought–provoking. I enjoyed it immensely.