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January 2013 Archives

‘No contradiction in being a proud American and a proud Muslim’

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There is absolutely no contradiction between being a proud American and a proud Muslim,” notes Farah A. Pandith (pictured), United States’ Special Representative to Muslim Communities. “Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of expression. As an extension, […]

Finding Mecca in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Are Muslims at home in America? And, is America at ease with Muslims? Mucahit Bilici investigates these questions in his new book, Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion (The University of Chicago Press, 2012). Among […]

What Does “Islamist” Mean?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.” Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language. He points out that there is […]

Barack Obama and the Middle East

posted by Suzy Shuraym

If you’re anywhere in or near Chicago, Illinois, on February 5, 2013, consider scheduling a stop at 5:30 p.m. for a Middle East Forum sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Turmoil and Turbulence: Barack Obama and the Middle […]

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The Day the Queen Drove the King
Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web: When Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour. One of the stories (this one from PBS): When Queen Elizabeth t

posted 7:37:08pm Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »

What's Next for Saudi Arabia?
King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia? As The New York Times put it: "The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance." Some places to read about the transit

posted 1:28:38pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

If It's Not Charlie Hebdo, It's Boko Haram
The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon's information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015). Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.

posted 1:56:17pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Duke University Backtracks on Diversity
This writer isn't sure what to think about this turnaround on the part of Duke University's administration. First they announced they'd do the call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower for Friday's jummah prayer. Then, yesterday they come out with this press release: "Duke University has rec

posted 1:57:18pm Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Being Muslim in Europe
Abdelkader Benai, a Muslim born in the Netherlands, has penned a powerful meditation on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in The New York Times. "When I was 17, I found 'The Satanic Verses' tucked away in a school library," he writes. "I grabbed it, started reading and was mesmerized. Here was a young

posted 1:33:07pm Jan. 14, 2015 | read full post »


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