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Family of Slain Mosque Leader Sues FBI

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The family of a Detroit mosque leader has filed a lawsuit against FBI agents, saying his rights were violated when he was gunned down during a raid. “Luqman Abdullah was killed when agents tried to arrest him at a Dearborn […]

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Here We Go Again: Afghanistan Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 36 people and wounding 23, officials said. “The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at […]

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Perhaps the most radical change in U.S. foreign policy under President Obama has occurred here in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood, long shunned as a collection of dangerous Islamist extremists, is now the de facto object of American support.” notes […]

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Is Islam Misogynistic?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“As an Arab American woman raised in a conservative Muslim family, I would say that yes, Islam is a misogynistic religion.” Here’s the source for the quote: Is Islam Misogynistic? Do you agree?

Islamophobic Moments

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Salon points out the “10 most disgraceful examples of bigotry, ignorance and hate — from obscure county parties to the halls of Congress”. Check ’em out here: “From Allen West to Michele Bachmann, these are the most hateful examples of […]

Egypt’s Wrangling Over a New Constitution

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“If Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood is the world’s most important experiment in how Islam and democratic modernity can be reconciled,” writes Roger Cohen in The New York Times, “then the country’s constitution, now in its last phase of drafting, […]

Anti-Jihad Ads Reminiscent of McCarthyism

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Have you seen the anti-jihad advertisements? What do you think? Here’s Mike Honda’s take in The Washington Post: “Anti-jihad ads reminiscent of McCarthyism, 1950s fear mongering“. He notes: “The reality with religion — whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu […]

Why the Taliban Fears Teenage Girls

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A teenage girl speaking out for girls’ education is just about the most terrifying thing in the world for the Taliban. She is not some Western NGO activist who just parachuted into Pashtun country to hand out ESL textbooks. She […]

Now It’s Up to the Pakistanis

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“’Let this be a lesson’, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said afterward. He added that if [Malala Yousafzai] survives, the Taliban would again try to kill her.” (That’s from Nicholas D. Kristof’s editorial in the New York […]

Good News from Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Schoolgirl That’s the headline in today’s New York Times. The article goes on to say, “Pakistanis from across the political and religious spectrum united in revulsion at the attack on the 14-year-old […]

There We Go Again: Taliban Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What planet do they live on? “Taliban says it shot ‘infidel’ Pakistani teen for advocating girls’ rights”

Abu Hamza al-Masri, 4 Others, Arrive in US

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After losing a long battle to avoid charges, five terror suspects were extradited to the U.S. from Britain. Read more from the Associated Press here.

Why Is Calling Obama a Muslim a Bad Thing?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“President Barack Obama’s campaign building in Des Moines, Iowa, was vandalized with the words “Muslim Lier” (intended to be “Liar”), spray-painted on a large banner.” Read it all here.

Is Islam an Obstacle to Democracy?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“As Arab populations ‘pursue values like freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and pluralism, and new models of democracy and of international relations,’ the scholar Tariq Ramadan wrote in The New York Times this week, ‘they need to draw on Islamic traditions.’ […]

Muslim Advocates of Liberty

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Where are the moderate Muslims? Right under your nose, making the case for freedom of expression,” reports William Saletan in Slate magazine. Read the whole article and see who’s quoted: “Muslims for Free Speech”.

There We Go Again: Mali Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Radical Islamists in northern Mali executed a man on Tuesday evening [2 October 2012] who had been accused of killing someone, a punishment that was witnessed by about 600 people in the town of Timbuktu. “The public execution was the […]

There We Go Again: Tehran Version

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Dozens of Iranians angered over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a weekly in France have attacked the French Embassy in Tehran.” It’s all here. Are people so desperate for television […]

There We Go Again: Pakistan Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“$200,000 Bounty Offered In Pakistan For Anti-Islam Filmmaker’s Death” What is the point of this? To show that “due process” (and other 21st century civil liberties) don’t exist in Pakistan? Perhaps it is truly just window-dressing, since there’s absolutely no […]

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The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
There's a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: "While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior. Here's what one Muslima has to say: "Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim" "I ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Stories of Resilience
Theme for the 52nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is "Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative". The confab takes place September 4 through 7, 2015, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention ...

posted 1:40:40pm Jun. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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