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Saturday, February 14, 2009

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ON ‘ISLAM AND HOW IT AFFECTS TERRORISM’


Dr. Tony Gaskew
BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will speak on “Islam and How It Affects Terrorism” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

The talk, sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford History/Political Science Club, is free and open to the public.

Gaskew’s first book, “Policing Muslim American Communities,” was released last month by Edwin Mellen Press. The book studies the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, which gave law enforcement greater authority to search telephone, e-mail, medical, financial and other records of U.S. citizens. Gaskew examines how passage of the act affected the Muslim communities’ relationship with law enforcement, which is seen as key to preventing future terror attacks.

Gaskew served 18 years as a professional law officer and served in both the U.S. military and as a detective assigned to an Organized Crime Task Force in Florida.

He became interested in the relationship between law enforcement and Muslim communities following 9/11, making it the subject of his doctoral research.
As part of that research, Gaskew lived in the Muslim community of Orlando, Fla., for 16 months and has traveled to and interviewed Muslims in Israel and Egypt.

“Muslim communities were invisible to law enforcement until Sept. 12,” he said, and then law enforcement was unprepared to work with the communities in a positive way. Gaskew’s book explains not only the basics of Muslim beliefs, but also the nuances of different sects, nationalities and ethnicities within Islam – something he says has not been well understood by law enforcement.

Gaskew teaches Terrorism in a post-9/11 World and Islam from a Criminal Justice Perspective along with a full slate of criminal justice classes.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Dr. Gaskew is the man!