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Obvious: The Iraq War created ISIS

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is something that is so obvious, it is in danger of never being said, in which case those who led us into war will try to pretend it isn’t true as they argue the case for the next one. […]

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Ramadan Pearls roundup

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan: Criterion Non-existence Mystery Angels Objective Expectant Reed Veils Lend Good I hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom as much as I did […]

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is ISIS Islamic? Wrong question.

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There is an excellent longform essay on ISIS published in The Atlantic, “What does ISIS Really Want?” that lays out an excellent case fore ISIS being genuinely different in ideology, motivation and ethos than Al Qaeda. The real question boils […]

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Vote now in the (delayed slightly) Brass Crescent Awards!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Voting in this year’s Brass Crescent Awards is now underway, after a few months’ delay. Here’s the explanation from the official site: We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year’s voting. The reason for the delay […]

Nominations now open for the 11th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners. Founded in 2004 by […]

Two Bohras come to aid of Frenchwoman attacked in Mumbai

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In the past two months I’ve traveled to India three times, to attend the funeral and other events after the passing of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (ra). This quite shocking story happened in the Fort area of Mumbai, which is quite […]

Vote now in the 10th Annual Brass Crescent Awards!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? Founded in 2004 by myself and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awards are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a […]

honoring Jesus as a Muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Merry Christmas! In honor of the Prophet Issa AS, on this day where my Christian cousins in faith celebrate the life and Message of the Lord, I will share this excerpt from a new piece by my friend Haroon Mogul […]

Politics interlude: Romney selects Ryan

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As a brief aside, I am also doing political blogging at Patheos.com’s Faith and Politics portal – anyone interested in my take on Chick-fil-A, or my thoughts on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for veep? Do stop by and […]

Nominations now open for the 9th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It’s that time of year again – to nominate your favorite blogs and bloggers for the Brass Crescent Awards! The nomination phase will end shortly after Eid al-Fitr, and polls will be open shortly thereafter. Inshallah, winners will be announced […]

A Thousand and One Bytes: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Allow me to admit upfront that author G. Willow Wilson is a dear friend, and so perhaps you may assume that my review of her astounding novel Alif the Unseen is biased. Instead, however, you should assume that I am […]

Starred review from Publisher’s Weekly for I Speak for Myself: All American (and last chance to pre-order)

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Publisher’s Weekly just gave our forthcoming book a coveted starred review in the Religion section! All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim Edited by Wajahat Ali & Zahra T. Suratwala. White Cloud (PGW, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (238p) ISBN 978-1-935952-59-6 […]

FBI’s PATCON investigations and relevance to muslim surveillance

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Yesterday I posted about the anniversary of the OKC bombing, and had some comment about the relevance to today’s investigations and surveillance of muslims. There’s a lengthy article in Foreign Policy that talks about the PATCON investigations by the FBI […]

Out of India

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’ve returned from my two-week trip to India and I’d like to thank Aamer for doing such an amazing job as guest blogger in my absence! This isn’t Aamer’s first time at City of Brass; he has also written two […]

I Speak for Myself volume 2 available for pre-order

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The second volume of I Speak or Myself is now available for pre-order on Amazon: The book, like its predecessor, is a collection of essays from American Muslims, in this case men. I am honored to be a contributor to […]

Stealth Halal Jihad Turkeys

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Wajahat Ali, who was lead author on the Center for American Progress’ “Fear Inc.” Islamophobia report, has a satirical bit out about Pamela Geller’s lunatic ravings about halal turkeys (which Charles Johnson ably mocked at LGF earlier with […]

Winners of the 8th Annual Brass Crescent Awards!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The winners are announced – head over to BrassCrescent.org and check them out! Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees!

Nominations for Brass Crescent Awards open until Sep 6th

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s only a week left before the nominations phase for the Brass Crescent Awards ends on Tuesday, Sep. 6th – so be sure to visit BrassCrescent.org and register your picks! Here are this year’s categories: BEST MUSLIM BLOG: This category […]

The American Islamophobia Industry exposed

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’m proud to share with you today a report that my friend Wajahat Ali has been working on for more than 6 months with the DC-based think tank, Center for American Progress, entitled “Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia […]

The 8th Annual Brass Crescent Awards – nominations now open

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir […]

Khalid Latif, “Ramadan Reflections”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In my earlier round-up of Ramadan blogging I somehow neglected to include Imam Khalid Latif, currently the muslim chaplain for the NYPD, who is writing a series called “Ramadan Reflections“. He literally starts out with his foot in the sink!

Ramadan blogging

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’m not the only one blogging during Ramadan – my friend and muslim media polymath Wajahat Ali is doing a series called Spiritual Appetite for Patheos.com which will definitely be worth bookmarking. His first post, A Ramadan State of Mind, […]

a agnostic Jew reads the Qur’an

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a great, great TED talk by Lesley Hazleton, who in the course of researching an upcoming biography of the Prophet Mohammed SAW decided to undertake a reading of the Qur’an. It is a marvelous (and brief) talk, only […]

a hajji gives thanks

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I returned from Haj a few days ago, and the totality of the experience is still beyond my ability to pithily summarize beyond “It was fine.” I’ve many photos to sort through and some journal entries to look over which […]

Cartoon controversies and radical imams

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A number of articles have been written about Park51 that drew some manner of analogy to the Danish Cartoon controversy (or as Abu Aardvark called it, the Cartoon StupidStorm). But none have made such an insight into the parallel as […]

7th Annual Brass Crescent Awards – nominations

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

in partnership with Shahed Amanullah of altmuslim.com, I am pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Brass Crescent Awards are now underway! What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and […]

The original mosque at Ground Zero

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I really don’t have anything left to say about Park51, barring any new developments (pun intended). But the repeated phrase “mosque at Ground Zero” was ringing familiar to me for some reason, and I just realized why – this old […]

Manchester Muslims donate to Christian Community Centre

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Lost in all the noise and recrimination of modern Islamophobia about mosques and minarets and burkas and whatnot, is the simple fact that the vast majority of muslims, jews and christians are neighbors, and members of the same civic fabric, […]

The Butterfly Mosque

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

G. Willow Wilson is interviewed about her new book, The Butterfly Mosque, over at Religion Dispatches. Willow is a good friend and an amazing writer (and a sometime guest contributor to this blog). The book is getting a lot of […]

an American Imam replies to an American Jihadist

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad is the imam and director of the Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center in Sacramento, CA. His biography reveals him to be an authentically American Imam, who has benefited from scholarship in the Islamic world and life experience […]

a brief guide to federal income taxes

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Here’s a very handy, succinct, and clear overview of how to pay federal income taxes, explaining the key concepts. The author explains the difference between the various definitions of income: The first step in calculating your income tax liability is […]

Easter 1916, by William Butler Yates

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite […]

Obama buys books for the girls

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

While in Iowa today, President Obama went book-shopping: “Well, this used to be my favorite place,” Obama told the owner of Prairie Lights, an independent downtown bookstore, as she showed him around. He had mentioned the shop in his speech, […]

nuclear Iran – II

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Daniel Larison argues that the Obama Administration is making a mistake of giving up on engagement with Iran: First, Washington believes that the “international community” objects to Iran’s nuclear program and is prepared to punish Iran for it. The truth […]

Let’s dedicate this Valentine’s Day to fighting domestic violence

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I think it fitting that as Valentine’s Day approaches, we should pause to remember that as we celebrate love, we should also act to preserve and protect it from darker impulses. For far too many women, just being alone of […]

Remembering Aasiya: A Call to Action

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a press release from Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence, who are issuing a call to action in honor of Aasiya Zubair Hassan, who was murdered by her husband one year ago. Please redistribute and also check out the […]

Revolutionizing the Iran Revolution

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran – the original one in 1979 which  overthrew the Shah and ushered in the era of theological “vilayat-e-faqih” rule by the Ayatollah. There’s probably no better resource on the history […]

Lancet retracts vaccine/autism study

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is great news for public health – esteemed medical journal The Lancet has formally retracted a contentious 1998 paper that asserted a link between vaccines and autism: The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper Tuesday that caused a […]

Republican tactics vs strategy

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Daniel Larison – no admirer of liberalism or Obama or Democrats, mind you – has been running against the tide of late by arguing that the Republicans do not stand to gain as much in the mid term elections this […]

Solar eclipse today

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s an annular solar eclipse today, with peak eclipse at about 07:06 UT – only affecting the Eastern Hemisphere, with path of maximum eclipse passing almost along the equator across Africa, the tip of India, and across Indonesia and China. […]

good news for the muslim world in 2009

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The decade that ended seems to have its epitaph written by consensus: thank god it’s over. And while it certainly was no picnic for the West to have terrorism, economic meltdowns, and environmental catastrophes as afflictions, in all respects the […]

Eid Mubarak from President Obama

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This was posted to the White House blog this evening, on behalf of President Obama: Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, […]

Hajj roundup

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A few items of note: This year’s Hajj has been marked by rare torrential rains. This is causing some problems with logistics but should rightly be seen as a minor miracle instead of just an inconvenience. There are amazing photos […]

Hajj tidbits

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Preparations for Hajj continue in Saudi Arabia – with measures both great: On Sunday, security forces sent a clear message to would-be saboteurs by staging a huge military demonstration involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, helicopters, and first response teams. […]

Voting open for the Brass Crescent Awards!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It’s time to once again cast your vote for the Islamsphere’s best and brightest – the polls are now open in the 6th Anual Brass Crescent Awards for the Islamic Blogsphere! This year we were a little delayed with the […]

“collateral shahadat” – too good, yaar

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is absolutely brilliant – As we already know, only Muslims are human beings. This is also an indisputable fact. So, when good Muslims meet non-Muslims, it is their duty to convert the latter. This way they are actually helping […]

talking turkish tolerance: links delight

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Further to my friend Joshua Trevino’s previous essay on religious tolerance in Turkey, there’s a related piece in the Washington Times which also provides more detail on how state secularism is driving Christian faiths to extinction and suppressing Islamic identity […]

the economic Stimulus: behind the curtain

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ryan Lizza has a superb profile of Larry Summers, President Obama’s brilliant economic adviser, in The New Yorker. Lizza is one of my favorite political writers and he uses the profile on Summers as a backdrop for the larger story […]

The 6th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

in partnership with Shahed Amanullah of altmuslim.com, I am pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Brass Crescent Awards are now underway! What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in […]

A letter to President Bush about torture

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Andrew Sullivan has written a lengthy letter to President Bush that calls upon him to acknowledge his role in authorizing torture. It’s a masterpiece and lays out the case against torture in President Bush’s own words, and makes a powerful […]

American Muslims Call on Chinese Govt’ to Protect Religious Freedom

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The following is a press release issued by a group of muslim Americans regarding the oppression of the Uyghur in China. I am a signatory to the release and the forthcoming petition. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2009 Media contact: […]

A Million Bullets

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

At Read Islam, Conrad reviews A Million Bullets: The Story of the British in Afghanistan by James Fergusson. Here’s Conrad’s introduction: This is the first major account on the British operations in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan to be written […]

China blogging suffers a blow

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Tim Johnson is leaving McClatchy’s China Rises blog. Tim shares some personal highlights: In my day job, writing news stories for McClatchy, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel nearly everywhere in China. As I look at the map, I see […]

thoughts and prayers for the Hassaballa family

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Hesham Hassaballa, who writes for Beliefnet and was a guest author here on City of Brass, has suffered a tremendous personal tragedy: June 7 will forever be burned in my memory. June 7 became my personal 9/11. I played the […]

Iran Election: The Green Revolution will be Twittered

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The events in Iran over the weekend have been dramatic and surreal. This is literally history in the making, and the course of the decades ahead turns on the actions of the men and women in the streets of Tehran, […]

international attitudes towards abortion

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Razib, writing as David Hume at the Secular Right blog, has looked at the data on international attitudes towards abortion and made some intriguing observations, notably: 1) It is clear that religion correlate with opposition to abortion in […]

moving beyond pro-life and pro-choice in the abortion debate

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Lets get my personal opinion out of the way: I am generally in suppoort of Roe vs Wade because I think it does a good job of providing a simple, algorithmic solution to the messy lack of moral and ethical […]

the God of the philosophers

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

At Talk Islam, Willow asks, (of my atheist friend Razib) [how] would you boil down the idea of the ‘god of the philosophers’ in layman’s terms? And explain how, in theory, this god is ideologically and functionally different from a […]

the two Michaels: Totten and Yon

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Michael Totten and Michael Yon are two independent journalists who travel to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Middle East hot spots (notably Lebanon) on their own dime, embed with the military, and strike out on their own with local guides, They […]

Interview with Shahed Amanullah at Washington Post

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The Washington Post has a fantastic profile and interview of my friend Shahed Amanullah, founder of altmuslim.com and my partner in running the anual Brass Crescent Awards for the Islamic Blogsphere. I particularly liked these two answers: Eight years after […]

discourse on the nature of doubt

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In the context of a critique of President Obama for his speech at Notre Dame, Daniel Larison engages in a theologic examination of the nature of doubt, invoking the doubt of the apostle Thomas. In response, E.D. Kain at LOG […]

an appeal on behalf of the people of Swat

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The following is an urgent appeal for donations on behalf of the refugees of the Swat Valley, by Zeenat Ahmed, of the Center for Dialogue, Peace and Action (CDPA). Mrs. Ahmed is a well-known Pakistani activist whose family has been […]

Pope Benedict XVI succumbs to dhimmitude

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This image is going to blow a lot of jafi’s minds. After all, we are supposed to Fear the Scarf! And also anything crescent-shaped. Or even colored green. It’s all about Shari’a! On a more serious note, Hussein Rashid discusses […]

Obama and Africa policy

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Africa always seems to get less attention than it deserves, which is remarkable given how enormous it is, in terms of sheer geography and population. I bitterly complained earlier how muslims worldwide favor injustices by Jews on muslims in the […]

the misogyny of the Ummah

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I often find fault with the way in which Yasmin Alibhai-Brown makes her arguments in the pages of the Independent, but I have to concede that on the merits, her main arguments are usually sound. Her latest essay is a […]

Pakistan’s constitutional Islamism

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ali Eteraz has a lengthy, lucid article on the root of Pakistan’s problem – namely, that it’s 1973 constitution has made it an Islamist state rather than a democratic one. Eteraz provides a lengthy historical background and context for how […]

AIRlift on May 1st

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend, the writer G. Willow Wilson, is the author of the comic book series AIR which has been getting rave reviews and recognition. But AIR is more than a book, it’s also a cause! I’ll let Willow explain: Whacky […]

Islamic finance and magical money

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a great article in the London Review of Books about Islamic finance, in the context of the global banking crisis. I found this excerpt particularly insightful:  One of the central differences between the Islamic and conventional approaches to […]

Dubai, city of the Pharoah, will fall

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Johann Hari has a landmark essay in The Independent “The Dark Side of Dubai” that lays bare the facade of the glittering city of Dubai, peeling away the illusion of modernity and freedom to reveal a shocking substrate of slavery […]

debating apostasy and capital punishment

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As occurs regularly, a fantastic discussion has been unfolding at Talk Islam, initially about the comments by the Harvard muslim chaplain on the matter of the death penalty for apostasy. The story begins with a private email from the chaplain, […]

World Autism Awareness Day

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is World Autism Awareness Day: On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah […]

no moderate muslims

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

a classic short story by Ali Eteraz. It begins, The Great J.A.F.I (Just another Frothing Islamophobe) stepped through the door and said he was looking for Ali Eteraz. Somewhere in the world some murderers who called themselves Muslims had done […]

Global warming is a muslim issue, too

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A new paper about relative humidity in the upper atmosphere is making the rounds of global-warming skeptic blogs. I’m not a climate scientist,  but my own scientific training does give me the tools to at least read a paper’s abstract […]

American Muslims Call for Swift Action Against Domestic Violence

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The following is a press release written today by a group of muslim bloggers, journalists, and media people including myself. The idea is to coordinate the friday khutbas (sermons) in as many American mosques as possible this week to focus […]

Muslim & S. Asian Women’s Groups Condemn Beheading of Aasiya Hassan

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a joint press release by Turning Point for Women and Families and the Domestic Harmony Foundation regarding the brutal murder of Aasiya Hassan last Thursday in Buffalo, NY. Below that is a press release from the Peaceful Families […]

Amazon’s new Kindle 2 is iPhone sexy

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today Amazon.com has officially announced the second-generation Kindle ebook-reader, and it looks amazing. The original version was pretty clunky-looking, which didn’t stop Amazon from selling (by some estimates) over half a million of them. The selling point was really how […]

Muslimah Media Watch

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’d like to highlight one of the essential blogs in the Islamsphere – Muslim Media Watch (MMW). It’s a group weblog that tracks issues related to women and Islam, and features a broad stable of writers. One of the MMW […]

Willow on American Islam

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend (and accomplished writer) G. Willow Wilson spent several years living in Cairo after converting to Islam. In her Journal at Talk Islam she relates her observations about the differences in how Islam is lived in breathed in Cairo […]

WhiteHouse.gov: open government

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Change came to the virtual White House as well as the physical one yesterday – WhiteHouse.gov has re-launched in true Obama fashion by featuring a blog as its centerpiece and promises to publish legislation and executive orders online for the […]

Good news in the Islamic world, 2008

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It is easy to focus on the negative, but sometimes it is important to remind ourselves of the good news for a change. To that end, Juan Cole has compiled a list of ten good news stories from the Islamic […]

The inauguration: a secular Hajj

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Ali Eteraz calls the Inauguration a “secular hajj” for America: The theological comparison isn’t far-fetched. Emerson, Whitman, Dewey, and Rorty all suggested that politics is America’s civil religion. This makes the constitution the country’s holy text. The division […]

The Judeo-Christian debate

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Razib has started an interesting debate on the meaning and value of the concept, “Judeo-Christian” – his initial post attracted a vigorous discussion, a response from Ross Douthat at The Atlantic, and lively discussion at Talk Islam. Frankly […]

5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards Winners

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On behalf of both altmuslim.com and City of Brass, we’d like to thank the nearly 1000 people who voted in the Fifth Annual Brass Crescent Awards. Voting was very close in most categories, and we would like to be the […]

Happy Chanukah! Hanukkah mubarak!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Regardless of how you pronounce it, ?? ???? ??? ! My friend Ron Coleman has a great links roundup in honor of the occasion at his blog, Likelihood of Confusion. Also, the Wikipedia entry is a great reference about this […]

mubarak! hajjis come home – including a Congressman

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The hajjis have begun to arrive home. Among them were Rep. Keith Ellison, the first muslim elected to Congress and now the first US elected official to have ever performed Hajj. The Democrat from Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District traveled to […]

Jean Charles de Menezes – murdered by the State

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Thabet exposes the elephant in the room regarding the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes by British police a few years ago: Which leads to me to a point not even the most harshest critic of the establishment has raised […]

Eid ul Adha mubarak – ??? ?????

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid is by tradition a happy affair, but in India it is muted this year, in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. In addition to forgoing the slaughter of cows for the sacrifice (out of respect for the sentiments of […]

the Day of Arafat: renewal

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the Day of Arafat, where the pilgrims arrive and engage in prayer while standing and facing towards the sun. Then in the evening they will depart for muzdalifah in time for Eid ul Adha the next day. The […]

Brass Crescent Awards – Voting Phase

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The voting phase for the Brass Crescent Awards has now begun (though a bit later than expected). We have some really great blogs for you all to vote on, so head over and make your choices! As it says on […]

Planet Islam

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I am pleased to announce the launch of Planet Islam, an aggregator of posts from blogs from around the Islamsphere, including muslim blogs as well as non-muslim ones that post on issues related to Islam and muslims. Planet Islam is […]

Oxford Islamic Studies Online: What is Shari’a?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

One of the singular best references about Islam, in all its complexity and diversity and nuance, is an online and free collection of essays and reference articles: Oxford Islamic Studies Online. It builds on the classical Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, […]

Beliefnet.com exit poll

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

If you haven’t already done so, please do take Beliefnet’s exit poll – and chime in here on comments with how you voted and why, if you like.

Refuting Obsession: Jews on First

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As I noted in my statement on free speech, the best answer to bad speech is not to restrict speech, but more speech. In other words, refute it, don’t silence it. This is why in my coverage of the Obsession […]

Talk Islam

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Earlier this year, a number of muslim bloggers including myself came together to found Talk Islam, a group blog project that is rapidly becoming the central nexus of the Islamic blogsphere. Over two dozen of the best-known muslim bloggers, writers, […]

Review of Obsession by David Shasha

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Richard Silverstein has posted a review of the Islamophobic hate-film Obsession on his blog, written by David Shasha, one of the leaders of the American Sephardic Jewish community. It’s a powerful indictment, beginning with a list of basic facts about […]

Barack Obama is a US citizen

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’ve previously addressed the “non-citizen smear”, but as a public service here is a summary for the benefit of anyone who may still doubt the eligibility of Barack Obama for President according to the Constitution: the Obama campaign has already […]

Nominations open for Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Just a reminder – the Nominations phase for the Brass Crescent Awards are now underway. Head over to brasscrescent.org to nominate your favorite blogs in any of the following categories: BEST BLOG: This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog […]

5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

in partnership with Shahed Amanullah of altmuslim.com, I am pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards are now underway! What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in […]

Eid al-Fitr Mubarak redux

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Via the On Faith blog at the Washington Post, behold the Empire State Building lit green for Eid last night:   Daisy Khan, executive of the ASMA foundation, writes movingly of what seeing the emblematic skyscraper lit in commemoration of […]

Eid Eid Eid and more

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I must hasten to point out that not everyone is celebrating Eid today – many muslims are abiding by the sightings which indicate Eid is tomorrow. One of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Moo, offers his take on the opacity of […]

French hijab ban

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I linked this earlier, but it’s worth highlighting again – this article at Islam Online about the French hijab ban is a fantastic retrospective and absolutely required reading on the topic. 

Ramadan for all

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ramadan mubarak to everyone! (and I do mean, everyone) A roundup of Ramadan reactions from around the Islamsphere (aka the Brass Crescent): Mr. Moo observes that preparing for Ramadan usually involves DATCWDWTDWWAFSWDRAS (no, I’m not spoiling that one for you. […]

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