Islam In America

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October 2013 Archives

One Reason Islam is Viewed Negatively

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the eyes of most of the world, there is no reason for the capricious restrictions on women’s movement in Saudi Arabia. Is there another country in the world that restricts driving to one sex? When women drive on Saudi […]

A New North American Flap Over Headgarb

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the Canadian province of Quebec, “the separatist Parti Quebecois [wants] to make the provincial government religion-neutral. It wants to do so by banning symbols of religious faith such as Jewish skullcaps, Sikh turbans, Muslim head scarves and large crucifixes […]

Permission Needed to Wear Hijab?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, was forced by the school to obtain a letter from her chaplain and a letter from her mosque before the university would allow her to wear her headscarf on campus, reports […]

Our Founding Fathers Included Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to a new book by Denise A. Spellberg, Thomas Jefferson didn’t just own a Qur’an — he engaged with Islam and fought to ensure the rights of Muslims. Check out this article in Salon, and consider getting a copy […]

Previous Posts

Yet Another Taliban Atrocity
"Taliban" translates quite literally as "students", yet (as this latest atrocity confirms) the undeniably evil men who call themselves the Taliban are anything but seekers of knowledge. Murdering more than a hundred school kids in Pakistan? Really? "Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those

posted 1:27:56pm Dec. 17, 2014 | read full post »

The Torture Report
As an American, it's painful to read the recently released Torture Report (United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques). The only U.S. Senator who was tortured -- that would be John McCain -- has vociferously opposed the use of

posted 1:08:20pm Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Arrested for Driving While Female
Here we go again. Two women have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for the crime of driving. Seriously? Yeah: only in Saudi Arabia. But, why? We all know Saudi women (and girls) who have driven cars in the kingdom -- albeit on "private property". That is, the female offspring of royalty have be

posted 1:52:46pm Dec. 08, 2014 | read full post »

Women at Work in Saudi Arabia
It has always seemed strange to me that many in the Muslim world continue to relegate half the population to the shadows. Yes, I'm talking about the role of women -- and that's especially true in places such as Saudi Arabia, "with rigid cultural attitudes and restrictions on women that include pr

posted 1:08:34pm Dec. 05, 2014 | read full post »

The Pope: Violence in the Name of Islam
According to a report by Reuters, Pope Francis (the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics) said yesterday (November 30, 2014) that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. During a trip to Turkey

posted 1:33:48pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »


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