Mohamed's Ghosts

Friday, May 28, 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Stephan Salisbury tells the story of Mohamed Ghorab, an imam in Philadelphia who was arrested and detained by federal agents and eventually deported and separated from his family.

Members of Ghorab’s congregation were arrested, interrogated and watched, and many would be deported. Salisbury’s book Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland is a chronicle the demolition of lives and families, the spread of anti-immigrant hysteria, and its manipulation by the government.


Stephan Salisbury

Comments [5]

Ann Moore from New York City

Leonard--I'm shocked at you, precise word man that you are. The word "agora" is correctly pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, not on the second, as I've been hearing it for the last few minutes.

May. 28 2010 12:48 PM
Michael Ginsburg from NYC

A little off subject but maybe of interest to the author and your listeners. Years ago when I went to see an editor at the old NY Times building I had an encounter with the author's father, Harrison Salisbury. As I was standing in front of the elevator door, it opened and I was confronted with Mr. Salisbury directly in front of me. We starred at each other for a moment when he moved to his left, appropriately, as I moved right. We were again face to face. He then moved right as I move left resulting in stalemate once again. At that point, Mr Salisbury glared at me which froze me at once at which point he moved left again and out of the elevator. I'm certain that he never gave it another thought but for me it was one of the first encounters, brief as it was, with greatness.

May. 28 2010 12:45 PM
John from office

What would he have the government do??
He would be the first to complain when the next attack comes. Maybe he should leave the country.

May. 28 2010 12:38 PM
john from office

Len, could you do a softer interview. You are being too tough on this man. Please stop asking such hard questions.

May. 28 2010 12:33 PM
Seth from Upper West Side

When, exactly, was there an attack on U.S. soil during the Cold War? It's not a valid comparison.

You might have a good story and good points, but please, enough with the Cold War analogy.

May. 28 2010 12:25 PM

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