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Review: ‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’

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Contains some spoilers. In 1986 Iran, in a remote village where the men manipulate, set, and enforce the laws based on their own version of Islamic teachings, one woman suffers a terrible, terrible consequence when her estranged husband decides to […]

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Asra Nomani’s back in PBS’s ‘The Mosque in Morgantown’

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If you are at all active in the national American Muslim community, or if you have paid attention in the least bit to the myriad of issues Muslim-Americans have struggled with since the tragedy of 9/11, then you’ve heard of […]

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Celebs Stump for Autism Awareness

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In case you haven’t heard already, April is Autism Awareness month and today is World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a developmental disorder/cause that’s near to my heart since my husband and I have been helping our eight-year-old son manage and […]

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‘The Domestic Crusaders’ Explores Modern Islamic Art

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On September 11, 2009, playwright Wajahat Ali’s “The Domestic Crusaders” will make its world debut off-Broadway. Why does this matter? Because with this play, Ali is thrusting the genre of Islamic art into a modern arena, where theater, television, and […]

Kareem Salama: A Muslim Country Singer for Your iPod

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When I think of Muslim musicians, the genres of hip hop, rap, maybe a little rock, and of course the more religious category of nasheeds and Sufi-type music come to mind. But what about country? Putting aside the whole huge […]

‘Jai Ho!’ And the Oscar Goes to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

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‘Jai Ho!’ I defy you not to get up, grab a scarf, put it around your neck, grab the ends and get your groove on when you hear the infectious beats of A.R. Rahman’s Academy award-winning song from 2008’s Best […]

Go India! ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Cleans up at Golden Globes

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If you turned to People magazine’s website immediately following the Golden Globes, you would’ve read about Kate Winslet’s fabulous two wins, about the late Heath Ledger’s victory, and numerous other highlights. But hardly a word about Danny Boyle’s makes you […]

Michael Jackson Converts to Islam

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Don’t call him the King of Pop anymore, because Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and wants to be called Mikaeel. The 50-year-old pop star took his shahada (oath of faith) in Los Angeles on Friday, as reported by news […]

‘Traitor': A Movie with Two Kinds of Muslims

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Thanks to my husband’s parents who have come to live with us for several months (really, it is a good thing!), we were able to see a movie this weekend (which we haven’t done so in more than a year–since […]

Manufactured Muslim Outrage Over ‘The Jewel of Medina’

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It wasn’t big news, but it was making headlines in the publishing world when a new book called “The Jewel of Medina” about Aisha, the last wife of The Prophet Muhammad, hit the stands and stoked some controversy–not because of […]

At the Beijing Olympics, the Hijab Emerges

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So far, the 2008 Olympics has been all Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Chinese divers, Liu Xiang bowing out (gasp!), gymnastics, Usain Bolt, Redeem Team, U.S. men’s water polo, Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Trainer (this list is getting so long!) and […]

Most Uninspiring Olympic Moments

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As I’m staying up late and watching coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the spirit of the Games has once again taken hold over me: America’s Jason Lezak chasing down France’s Alain Bernard in the final leg of the […]

Most Inspirational Olympic Moments of All Time

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If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, then you’re probably salivating for the Beijing Games to start on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 pm. Every four years I just can’t get enough of the Olympics. Everything about the Games gets […]

Arab Soap Opera Showcases Equality in Marriage

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Quick! When you think of what married life is in the Middle East, what comes to mind? Women clad in black burkas, abayas (robes), hijabs, and face veils, sticking close to home, raising kids and following the lead of her […]

‘Little Mosque’ Could be Coming to the U.S.

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Your friendly neighborhood Canadian mosque could be making its debut soon in the U.S. Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Canadian hit sitcom, “Little Mosque on the Prairie” developed by Zarqa Nawaz (hailed by Islamica Magazine as one the ten […]

Dunkin Donuts’ Terrorism Woes

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Advertising is a tricky business, and apparently wearing the wrong scarf can send the message that “This company tolerates and supports terrorist organizations!” Sounds crazy? That’s because it is, as exemplified by the Dunkin’ Donuts recent pulling of an advertisement […]

Watch Clip: ‘Muslim-American Comics Come of Age’

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From this Sunday’s (May 11th, 2008) episode, “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age,” part of the “America at a Crossroads” series on PBS:

Muslim-American Comics Get Their Humor On

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Maysoon Zayid wants Dean Obeidallah to run for U.S. president–it’s a personal campaign for her. And if he were to run, he’d have my vote. And if not president, I’d nominate him for hottest (as in funny!) comic out there. […]

Brigitte Bardot vs. Muslims

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France is no stranger to racial tension–just over two years ago the country was rife with riots as young Arabs and North African Muslims protested the death of two immigrant youths, opening up old wounds of racial, economic, and social […]

Spring Break Reading: An ‘Act of Faith’

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Here in Virginia where I reside, this week is spring break. And although that means vacation for the kiddies and teens and more work for stay-at-home-but-also-working moms like me, I have decided to read one thought-provoking book like I used […]

What American Muslims Want to Tell the World

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Fifteen years ago I hardly analyzed what it meant for me to be an American Muslim. I was Muslim, I was American, it was difficult at times being both. But hey, it wasn’t that big a deal. And when I […]

The Most Empowering Women on Television

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Flip the channels on your TV, and you’ll find tons of wonderful sitcoms and dramas featuring strong, profound female characters. The time is ripe for women on television, a sentiment driven home when America Ferrera took home the Emmy for […]

Madeline L’Engle: Beloved Children’s Author Dies

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How many of you, like me, spent many an hour engrossed in the fascinating stories of the Murray family–time-traveling, wisdom-seeking, love-spreading, genius fictional family creation of best-selling author Madeleine L’Engle? I wanted to be Meg Murray, beloved protagonist of the […]

Gwen Stefani’s Take on Muslim Fashion

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With her ultra-coiffed platinum blond hair, naval-bearing fashion sense, and rock-star attitude, singer Gwen Stefani, at 37 years of age, is still one hot mama on the concert circuit. She’s got the rocker husband (Gavin Rossdale), the hippest accesory in […]

Pakistani Musicians Make Anti-Terrorism Video

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The number one song in Pakistan right now is “Ne Hum Naheen,” or “This isn’t Us,” a moving anti-terrorism music video made by the top eight Pakistani pop stars. As it gains popularity, the song is starting to sweep the […]

Educational Videos More Harm than Good?

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Parenting magazines and the vast marketing landscape that target new parents have always pushed that children’s videos, like “Baby Einstein” and “Bee Smart Baby,” are a crucial part of the educational upbringing for your babies. These days, the prevailaing theory […]

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ is Splendid Indeed

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Khaled Hosseini, whose brilliant first novel, “The Kite Runner,” captured the world’s attention with its look at fathers and sons and the evolving relationship between two young boys in Afghanistan, has scored another knockout with his second novel, “A Thousand […]

‘A Mighty Heart’ Taps Into Important Themes

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To bring the story of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to the big screen was one fraught with difficulties ever since Brad Pitt optioned the rights to Mariane Pearl’s (Daniel’s widow) book, “A Mighty Heart.” Who would be […]

Paris is Back in Jail: The Saga That Just Won’t End

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Media outlets yet again had a field day today when everyone’s favorite celebutante, Paris Hilton, was ordered back to jail–one day after being released by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, who had released Hilton to serve out the rest of her […]

Muslim Entertainment Visionaries Show How its Done

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Is it just me, or does it feel like Muslims are still viewed as being on the outskirts of society in North America, though polls and statistics say the opposite? Consider popular CNN talk show host Glenn Beck, who last […]

D’oh! Idol Chatter Presents Our Favorite “Simpsons” Moments

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Don’t tell me you missed it. America’s longest-running sitcom and animated series, “The Simpsons,” aired it’s 400th episode on Sunday–a hilarious showdown between decency guru Ned Flanders and doofus newsman Kent Brockman over an alleged indecent on-air comment. It was […]

’20/20′: All About Faith

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Tonight’s “20/20″ on ABC looks to be a fascinating two-hour special on all aspects of faith and spirituality. The show is known for producing such specials on a variety of subjects, and tonight’s episode covers nearly all “hot” aspects of […]

Where Celebrities Find Their Spirituality

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Where do celebrities find their spirituality? It could be in the garden, on the golf course, or in their singing, performing comedy, or even drumming. A new Beliefnet gallery highlights all the fascinating ways that different celebrities–like “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” […]

‘Axis of Evil” Comedy Show: Humor Kills!

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Who says Middle Easterners and Muslims don’t have a sense of humor? Because in these tense times, if you can’t make fun of the situation you’re in, then you’re up the creek. And so my husband and I laughed until […]

World Cup Cricket: When Passion Gets Out of Hand

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Sports and passion have always gone hand in hand. Indeed, what makes any sport fun to play and watch is the passion with which we do so. When our team wins or loses, our happiness or disappointment can go along […]

A March Madness Moment: VCU’s Stunner

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I’m on cloud nine this morning, and the first-round exit of the Duke Blue Devils from the NCAA tournament is the reason. But it’s more than the loss of this enemy college basketball team of mine that has me so […]

What Daniel Radcliffe Owes to Harry Potter

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“Mothers, Harry Potter has done something that will make you mad! Stay tuned to hear what!” These were the titillating words I heard driving home after dropping my kids off at school. I already knew the story: Daniel Radcliffe, the […]

Michael Jackson, a Muslim?

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So you think that Muhammad Ali is the most famous convert to Islam? Well the “fastest-growing religion” may be welcoming a new brother to the fold, and brother, this potential convert would be a thriller. It seems that Jermaine Jackson, […]

The Muslims of “24”

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It couldn’t have gotten any worse on “24” when the first of five nuclear bombs was detonated, presumably by Muslim terrorists. And so the eagerly anticipated season began, with Muslim extremists as the villain this time around. There’s been a […]

Rest in Peace Lily Munster, Sephora

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Yvonne De Carlo died of natural causes on Monday at the age of 84. The name isn’t familiar to you? Remember the quirky matriarch of the Munsters clan, Lily Munster? De Carlo breathed life into that television character–the serenely smiling […]

Rosie O’Donnell–Good Intentions Go Sour

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She’s a far cry from Meredith Viera, but she sure makes the show interesting. The addition of comedian-actor Rosie O’Donnell to “The View” was genius in some ways, as it gave life to a show that was heading south when […]

In Iran: Sex, Lies, and Videotape

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Paris Hilton was plagued last year by the wide-spread internet distribution of a private video, as was Pamela Anderson more than 10 years ago. But while these actors (if you can call them actors) faced humiliation, the loss of privacy, […]

Yusuf Islam: Beyond Pop Music

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Twenty-eight years was a long time to wait for a new album from Yusuf Islam. Back in the 1970s, the artist (then known to the world as Cat Stevens) won over audiences with pop hits like “Wild, Wild, World,” “Peace […]

O.J. Simpson: The Boycott Worked!

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I’m not saying it was our call to boycott O.J. Simpson’s gruesome upcoming book and his accompanying Fox interviews that did the trick. (I’m sure you know that O.J. planned to reveal that if he had killed his ex-wife Nicole […]

O.J. Simpson: Join the Boycott!

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What can be said about the news revealed this week that football star turned B-list actor turned murder suspect in the “Trial of the Century” O.J. Simpson will be soon releasing a book called “If I Did It”? The book […]

Ed Bradley: A Journalism Veteran Passes On

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We can be waxing sarcastic on the Britney-K-Fed break-up one day, and the next day a totally different story turns the Idol Chatter mood serious and reflective: “60 Minutes” correspondent Ed Bradley succumbed to leukemia yesterday at the age of […]

Britney to Kevin: I’m No Longer a “Slave 4 U”

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Pigs are flying, hell is freezing over, the night has turn to day and the day to night. The impossible has happened: Britney Spears is divorcing Kevin Federline after two long years of marriage. You can’t tell me that you […]

Just in Time for Mid-Term Elections

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Interested in some President Bush-bashing? Two new films–one about the Dixie Chicks’ grudge match with the president, and the other a mockumentary about the fictional assassination of the president–were released on Friday. I haven’t seen either, but both are being […]

Is There an American Ramadan?

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Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, is now over. But Naeem Randhawa’s revealing new documentary, “American Ramadan,” (released this month) continues to chug its way around the world. Its been picked up by local PBS channels, Link TV, and […]

Ten Years of Hilariousness with “The Daily Show”

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“One anchor, five correspondents, zero credibility.” Now that’s a tagline that speaks to me. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. What? You’ve never watched “The Daily Show?” You don’t know what you’re missing. Being […]

A Papal Cartoon for the Holidays

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What are the odds that Matteo the talking diary, a pen named Quill Simona, and two doves called Piccolo and Fiona will become beloved animated characters just like Bambi, Pinocchio, or Winnie the Pooh? The producers of “John Paul II, […]

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