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‘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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Muslim Prisoners vs. US Justice System

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Muslims have refused to abide by rules of justice in this country that apply to all others and have been successful in being awarded special rights,” writes Gary R. Welsh in AdvanceIndiana.blogspot.com. Read the entire article here. What do you […]

Job Opening: Muslim Chaplain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s the notice, courtesy of the Pluralism Project: Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, is seeking a Muslim Chaplain to serve as a member of the College’s Multifaith Religious Life Team. The Muslim Chaplain will also serve as a member of the […]

Is Louis Farrakhan a Muslim?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The leader of the Nation of Islam says that Django Unchained is “preparation for a race war.” Check out Louis Farrakhan’s commentary here.

Michele Bachmann Reappointed to Intelligence Committee

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“While [Minnesota Republican] Rep. [Michelle] Bachmann’s Islamophobic fear mongering is a hit in conspiratorial right-wing circles, it’s beneath the level of discourse Americans should expect from members of Congress,” Ben Betz of People for the American Way, said in an […]

Top Five Islam-Bashing Republicans

posted by Suzy Shuraym

You have to read this to believe it. How can one of America’s two major political parties get away with this nonsense? It’s got to stop!

Time Warner Cable Subscriber?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Time Warner Cable left the door open Thursday [3 January 2013] to the possibility of carrying Al Jazeera’s new U.S.-based network, which is set to replace Current TV following Wednesday’s acquisition. “‘We are keeping an open mind and as the […]

TV’s Most Islamophobic Show

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“With its portraits of Brody and Roya Hammad, ‘Homeland’ warns that Muslims are a hidden danger to fellow Americans,” says the headline on Salon.com. Laila Al-Arian reports, “All the standard stereotypes about Islam and Muslims are reinforced, and it is […]

Rashad Khalifa: A Murder Trial

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“It was called the Masjid of Tucson [Arizona], a mosque where Muslims could worship and study the Koran in the Arizona desert under the idiosyncratic tutelage of Rashad Khalifa, its founder. On Jan. 31, 1990, the mosque, at the intersection […]

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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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