Katie Ella FieldProfessor JohnstonAssignment 7October 25th, 2010
Islamophobia: The View from Inside the Faith
“No one has a monopoly on ignorance. Ignorance can lead to fear, which in turn can leadto hate and violence,” as stated by Yahya Frederickson at the end of his presentation onIslamophobia and its prevalence in the United States today, which took place in the Room of Nations at noon on October 25th, 2010.Throughout his presentation, Dr. Frederickson, a professor of English at Minnesota StateUniversity-Moorhead and devout American Muslim, appealed to his audience’s logos, or logicalviewpoint, as he described common misconceptions that many Americans have had of Islamsince the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.To begin with, Dr. Frederickson used a PowerPoint as a relevant presentation aid to helpthe audience follow along with what he was saying. In the PowerPoint, he cited specificexamples from the text of the Qur'an, as well as the Bible, and provided pictures to give a real-life visual of some of the things he was discussing.However, his PowerPoint was also a weakness throughout his presentation because it wasobvious that the slides had been hastily thrown together and not planned well. I say this becauseoften words, and even pictures, were missing from the slides, which allowed for a bit moreconfusion on the topics being discussed.Secondly, Dr. Frederickson used many denotative definitions to aid in his descriptions of the Five Pillars of Islam, as well as his own list that explained the Five Pillars of Islamophobia.