“Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself,” wrote Thomas Jefferson the year before his death. Who did he include among his neighbors in his beloved nation?
Jefferson included Muslims.
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Spellberg is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders.” A longer version of this commentary appeared in The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va.