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UN Recognizes Palestinian State

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian […]

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The Politics of Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As we all know, the definition of hijab varies by place of origin and other cultural determinants. One look at the variations is captured by Boushra Almutawakel, a photographer from Yemen. “Unveiling an Arab Woman’s Experience With a Headscarf”

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Turmoil Continues in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt Factions Scramble as Deadline Nears on Constitution” How closely do you follow developments in Muslim-majority countries? Do you take the news “personally”, even if you’re not an immigrant?

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Muslim Converts

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the following article in The Huffington Post, “experts who study homegrown terrorism said the case [in Upland, California] highlights the susceptibility of new converts to radicalization, particularly among the young.” Read it here: California Terror Suspects: 2 of […]

Protests Grow in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s judges have called for a nationwide strike in protest against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself extensive new powers.” Read more on Al Jazeera here: “Egypt judges call for nationwide strike”

Protests Continue in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Although there are street protests, the business community also is objecting to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s decree that gave him virtually absolute power. Here’s more: Egypt’s Stocks Tumble as Protests Over Morsi Decree Continue

Morsi’s New Powers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

‘”We are facing a historic moment in which we either complete our revolution or we abandon it to become prey for a group that has put its narrow party interests above the national interest,” the liberal Dustour Party said in […]

Life as an Arab in Israel

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Arabs in Israel are not part of the public discourse on how the country is and will be shaped. “Polls in recent years have stopped polling Arabs, specifically mentioning that polls reflect Jewish opinion.” Read more here: “What Does It […]

Just in Time for Thanksgiving

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Israel-Gaza Conflict Reaches Cease-Fire After Egyptians, U.S. Broker Deal

Israel vs. Gaza

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What goes through your mind when you read headlines and articles such as this one? Israel Gears Up for Gaza Invasion Is this a religious issue? A territorial issue? What’s happening here?

Anti-Muslim Ads Pop Up in Chicago

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that anti-Muslim ads have appeared on CTA buses. “’In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad,’ the ad reads. “The ad is financed by conservative […]

What’s Your Take on the Islamist Movement?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Islamist groups in the Arab world are diverse in their political agendas, goals, and activities and thus defy simple categorization. But several trends and common denominators have emerged in the early twenty-first century,” writes Annika Folkeson for the Wilson Center. […]

Good News from Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s streets have long been a perilous place for women, who are frequently heckled, grabbed, threatened and violated while the police look the other way. Now, during the country’s tumultuous transition from authoritarian rule, more and more groups are emerging […]

Why Do Prominent Republicans Demonize Muslims?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Locked in the toughest fight of her congressional career, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her witch hunt against alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators in the federal government last night during the final debate against her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves.” Read […]

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Women and Sharia
"No group is more harmed by sharia than Muslim women -- a reflection in part of the patriarchal tribal culture out of which Islamic law emerged." Admittedly, the writer is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial figure in Islam. However, she does have a point: men and women are treated differently

posted 2:44:26pm Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Erasing History?
"The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world," writes Ann Marlowe in The Daily

posted 1:23:41pm Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan....
The idiots have targeted and killed Christians on their way to church yesterday (and a couple of Paki police in the bargain) -- idiots because they're suicide bombers and idiots because killing people who have different beliefs than yours is a mug's game. Here's one place to read more about this

posted 1:32:45am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Islam and Middle School in NYC
Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student's tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom from the seventh century really

posted 1:24:48pm Mar. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Why is ISIS Afraid of History?
ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they're uneducated. History is humanity's backstory, and tearing down the past does not erase it.

posted 1:22:38pm Mar. 09, 2015 | read full post »

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