Taqiyya (al-Taqiyya) is a concept in Shia Islam the encourages "disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies." It is authorized under the Qur'an and Sunna.
Taqiyya further permits "lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a 'religion of peace.'"
Sunni Muslims typically denounce Taqqiya as hypocrisy.
Many people believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim using Taqiyya as a means to justify to himself publicly denying his faith.
- Taqiyah" Oxford Dictionary of Islam. John L. Esposito, Ed. Oxford University Press. 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 9 June, 2006.