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“Of Dogs, Faith and Islam”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Qu’ran doesn’t label dogs as untouchable (in fact, there’s quite a nice vignette of the Prophet Muhammad setting a guard for a dog with a litter of puppies). According to Mohammed Hanif, writing in The New York Times, “[m]ost […]

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The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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, there is […]

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“How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 don’t need to […]

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Here We Go Again

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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: […]

Qu’ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 than […]

Stories of Resilience

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 Center, 9291 Bryn […]

No-Fly List Dispute

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Four Muslim men who have accused FBI agents of putting them on a no-fly list because they refused to become informants want to pursue damages against the agents even though the travel ban has been lifted, the men’s lawyers told […]

The Hijab Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Every time I walk into the room, the first thought is, ‘There’s a Muslim,’ ” said Ms. [Zahra] Cheema, 25, the American-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, describing that moment when she meets with a potential employer or argues a case […]

Hijab as Religious Expression

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in […]

United in the Crosshairs

posted by Suzy Shuraym

United Airlines has a firestorm on its hands courtesy of a short-tempered flight attendant. You all know the story by now: a woman in hijab was refused an unopened can of Diet Coke because, she was told, she could use […]

Religion: Values, Not Laws

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“For most inhabitants of modern, Western countries, religion is an incubator of values, not the source of binding law,” writes Sheila Kennedy in a meditation on “The Retreat of the Puritans”. This realization is at the heart of what’s causing […]

ISIS and “The West”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’,” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. “Would the ISIS videos even exist […]

Black. Gay. Imam.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?” Read more about Daayiee Abdullah, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.: […]

Do Muslim Babies Always Grow Up to Be Muslim Adults?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s a provocative assertion: “The recent Pew survey shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion, not because people are converting to Islam, but because they’re having more babies. The fertility rate is much higher than that of any other […]

ISIS is at it again: Palmyra in its sites

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The jury of public opinion is still out about whether ISIS had anything to do with the shootings in Garland, Texas, but there’s no doubt they’re still causing havoc in the Middle East. This week’s target? The ancient city of […]

Did ISIS Really Do It?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

ISIS has claimed “responsibility” for the two gunmen shot down in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. One wonders why, since the pair failed miserably in their attempt to kill some of the crowd at the event. Why crow about abject failure? […]

What Actually Happened in Garland?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed […]

Garland, Texas

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As reported by the Associated Press: “Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday […]

Stealthy Muslim Immigration?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Ann Corcoran’s new monograph titled “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America” (published April 21, 2015, as part of the Center for Security Policy’s Civilization Jihad Reader Series, the “federal government is attempting stealthily to relocate Muslim immigrants […]

“Headscarves and Hymens”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it’ll take longer to enlighten the men). Snippet: “I think if you whittle them […]

The Hooligans of ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives. How a serious “caliphate” can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The reason for UNESCO World […]

ISIS: A World of “Shared Secrets”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s a frightening thought: ISIS is adapting the techniques of pedophiles to lure Muslim teens to Syria: What ISIS Learned From Pedophiles “The jihadis build fantasy relationships, play on a child’s suspicion of parents, and lure their young targets into […]

Foreign Workers: 90% of Qatar’s Population.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In Qatar, where at least one immigrant worker dies per day working to complete its World Cup infrastructure by 2022, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they had in order to break a Guinness World […]

Women’s Photography in Casablanca

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“During the first two weeks of April, the city of Casablanca, Morocco, will become a haven for public art. The Billboard Festival, an art festival of epic proportions, will take over 63 billboards throughout the city to showcase photography produced […]

Women and Sharia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“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 […]

Erasing History?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“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 […]

Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Islam and Middle School in NYC

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Why is ISIS Afraid of History?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

New York City schools will close for Eid holidays

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the New York Daily News, New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September.

Use of Sharia Law in the U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“According to Islamic law specialist Abed Awad, bans on sharia law are actually unconstitutional. Sharia law, like any foreign law or other religious law, is to be used as ‘parol evidence’ or ‘extrinsic evidence’ and provide cultural context for a […]

Morocco’s Hassan II Mosque

posted by Suzy Shuraym

AFKTravel has a photo essay about the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Said to be the seventh largest mosque in the world, it cost some $12 million and was completed in 1993. The photo shows the top of the […]

Applying for a Job Wearing Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court indicated yesterday (25 February 2015) it will side with a Muslim woman who didn’t get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the […]

An Example for ISIS?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo’s synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend,” Reuters reports. The response? Norwegians said they’d […]

What Muslims Really Believe about ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s an analysis of ISIS that places the bleme for its rise squarely on U.S. foreign policy decisions. “From Sunni to Shi’a, secular to conservative, Islamist to liberal, autocratic to democratic, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his doppelganger of a Caliphate […]

What ISIS Really Wants

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.” Thus begins a lengthy assessment of ISIS in The Atlantic. […]

A Danish Muslim Opens Fire

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Soren Esperson, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, … derided pleas from leading mainstream politicians, including the prime minister, that Islam not be blamed for the violence. ‘Of course this has something to do with Islam just as the […]

Islam is as American as a Rodeo

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As The New York Times noted on Sunday (8 February 2015): “there is an inconvenient footnote to the assertion that Islam is anti-American: Muslims arrived here before the founding of the United States — not just a few, but thousands.” […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From executing prisoners to enslaving captives, the brigands known as ISIS continue to horrify the world. Here, courtesy of theGuardian, is the latest: “During their bloody rampage [last summer], Isis kidnapped an estimated 5,000 Yazidi women and children, the majority […]

Is Hijab By Definition Un-American?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The following is courtesy of Travel Industry Today, a Canada-based organization: “The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking Delta Air Lines to take action after an employee threatened to remove a Muslim family from a Detroit-bound flight when another passenger harassed […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to imagine, but ISIS has committed an even more brutal atrocity than beheading its captives. It has claimed to have burned their Jordanian prisoner alive. There’s no need to point out — but I will anyway — why […]

Texas Muslim Capitol Day

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to know where to begin on this one. Surely the organizers knew that the name itself — Texas Muslim Capitol Day — would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did). What wasn’t foreseeable, however, […]

Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Associated Press reports: “Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.” […]

The Day the Queen Drove the King

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

If It’s Not Charlie Hebdo, It’s Boko Haram

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Duke University Backtracks on Diversity

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Being Muslim in Europe

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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. […]

Tout Est Pardonée

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The next cover of Charlie Hebdo features Muhammad holding a sign reading, “Je suis Charlie.” The tagline: “All is forgiven.” The magazine plans to print 3 million issues just one week after its editorial staff was gunned down by terrorists.

What Can Muslims Do….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“What can Muslims do to reclaim their ‘Beautiful Religion’?” asks the headline for a full-page advertisement in yesterday’s (11 January 2015) New York Times. The ad, from the Gatestone Institute, points to “behadings and savagery by ISIS, female genital mutilations […]

Whack-a-Mole

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Wikipedia, the term “whack-a-mole” is used colloquially to denote a repetitious and futile task: each time an adversary is “whacked”, it only pops up again somewhere else. Not politically correct, I know: but it popped into my mind […]

Repressive Gender Laws

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Saudi Arabia is the only country on Earth where women are prohibited from driving. How in the world do we let a petroleum producing country get away with that? Why aren’t American Muslim women ridiculing the aging Saudi princes for […]

Religious Warfare Continues in Nigeria

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It never ceases to amaze me that some folks think the way to win hearts and minds is by killing people. Yes, I’m thinking of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Islamist militants have overrun an army base in the remote […]

Saudia to Segregate Airplane Seats

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Somehow it’s comforting to know that both Saudia Arabians and ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are stuck in the same time warp. Saudia is poised to begin seating that does not allow men to sit next to unrelated women. The haredim have […]

Egypt’s Turn to be Tone Deaf

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Earlier this week, the Administrative Court of Alexandria, Egypt, banned a festival held each year for decades in honor of a Moroccan rabbi. According to the report in WorldPost, “local residents…objected to the mingling of men and women and the […]

Generational Conflict at the Local Level

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s going to be a recurrent problem: older members of a mosque in conflict with younger members. It’s a situation that has been repeated in religious institutions in the United States since Colonial days (think of the immigrant Pilgrims’ conflicts […]

Consequences of Insults

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muslim-majority countries need to get a grip. First Turkey jails a 16-year-old boy for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then Mauritania sentences a journalist to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Really? In the 21st Century? We […]

Self-Delusion in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pakistan is a mystery to me. How can it continue to act in such self-defeating ways? I’ll let the New York Times‘ Editorial Board summarize: “Despite the grief and rage that followed the massacre of 148 students and their teachers […]

How Could It Get Any Worse?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians. It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes […]

What If….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“What if there were a group of Muslim open carry advocates who called themselves ‘Sword of the Prophet’ and whose avowed mission was to bring Sharia law to the U.S., and they took to showing up armed and in large […]

Yet Another Taliban Atrocity

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“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, […]

The Torture Report

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 — […]

Arrested for Driving While Female

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 — […]

Women at Work in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

The Pope: Violence in the Name of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion

posted by Suzy Shuraym

An article by Vanessa Friedman in this week’s New York Times discusses the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Such events have always puzzled me. If the objective of the “cover your hair” dictate for women is to promote […]

André Carson

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post‘s Paul Vale has penned an extensive interview with one of two Muslim congressmen, André Carson. He covered a wide range of topics, including the interplay between the Christian and Muslim communities in the United States. A Democrat, […]

Here We Go Again: Somalia/Kenya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard for Westerners of whatever religion to fathom, but some self-described Islamic extremist rebels from Somalia (who go by the sobriquet al-Shabab) are at it again. They attacked a bus in northern Kenya Saturday (22 November 2014) and shot […]

Photo Friday: Morocco, Indiana

posted by Suzy Shuraym

This Morocco isn’t a kingdom in the Mahgreb but a small town in rural northwest Indiana — specifically, it’s in Beaver Township of Newton County. It was founded in 1851. The population was 1,129 at the 2010 census, which shows […]

The Third Generation Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some American mosques are altering their programs to suit the needs of the Second- and Third-Generation Muslim immigrants — those young people who were born in the United States. An article last week in the Wall Street Journal pointed out […]

ISIS Apparently Beheads Muslim Convert

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From a Western perspective, it’s a bad bit of PR. ISIS — which purports to fight for a world where an Islamic Caliphate is dominant — has released a video purportedly showing that it has beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American […]

Older Men Manipulating Younger Men?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Have you been following the “feud” between Bill Maher and his critics over Islam? He contends that references to violence in the Qu’ran are a literal “call to arms”. Here’s a nuanced discussion of the dispute. Key take-away: “people often […]

Remembrance Day Icon is Controversial?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some people have way too much time on their hands. Object to a commemoration of Muslims who lost their lives in war? How can that possibly be a bad thing — especially when it’s in a particularly Muslim way. Yes: […]

Putting “Muslim” on Job Applications

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to an article by Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service, “Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job opportunities.” RNS reports, […]

What the Heck’s Wrong with Pakistan?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In yet another chapter in appalling news from Pakistan, a Christian couple has been beaten and then burned death by a mob which allegedly believed they should die for having desecrated the Qu’ran. How in the name of all that […]

Who Owns “Allah”?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

When this writer was in Malaysia earlier this year, she was appalled at the open (and sometimes violent) dispute over word usage. As noted in The New York Times, “According to a series of government orders and rulings by Malaysia’s […]

American Identity, Muslim Identity

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s been much discussion about “Disgraced“, the new production at the Lyceum Theater in New York City. The play won the 2013 Pulitzer prize for drama. Roughly speaking, the play by Ayad Akhtar (pictured) deals with what’s authentically Islamic in […]

If ISIS is the New Bogeyman…

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As if we didn’t have enough Islamophobia to deal with, along come those who want to dress up as ISIS military for Halloween. Now, Halloween isn’t exactly a Muslim holiday (it isn’t a Christian one anymore either), but, really?

Islam Inspires Conflict?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do,” writes Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. Why do you think that is so?

Hold Pakistan Accountable

posted by Suzy Shuraym

One of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries. As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of […]

Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is set for August 29 through September 1, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend). It will be held in the Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan. Who’s going?

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 26, 2014 The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese […]

“Honor” Killing in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Are we mired in the past? Do we condone “honor” killings, such as this one in broad daylight in front of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan? A pregnant 25-year-old killed by her father and brothers for marrying for love? The […]

Condemned to Death? In the 21st Century? Really?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here we go again. Yet another idiotic decision by a court that causes Americans to consider Islam a barbaric religion. How can it be possible in the 21st Century that a personal belief merits the death penalty in a country […]

The Boko Haram Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Sometimes a person’s gotta wonder what gets into some people’s minds. Take Boko Haram for example. These self-proclaimed Islamists in Nigeria are doing more harm to the reputation of Muslims worldwide (but especially in the West) than anyone since Al […]

NYPD Stops Routine Surveillance of Muslims

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s about time! The New York Police Department has shut down its controversial Muslim surveillance program. As reported on The Huffington Post, the decision “comes amidst two federal lawsuits against the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit, and is the first major […]

Russia vs. Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Writing in an OpEd piece for the New York Times, Vali R. Nasr comments, “Russia’s problems with Muslim societies are bigger than the West’s. Some of its restless Muslim regions are turning to extremism; that is why Russia has always […]

“Innocence of Muslims”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Google must take down a controversial anti-Muslim video on YouTube that sparked protests across the Muslim world because keeping it on the website violates the rights of an actress who sued after she was duped into appearing in the film,” […]

Gender Segregation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Religious Freedom, Secular Forum, penned by Kenan Malik and printed in The New York Times discusses a topic that has come up many times in non-Muslim-majority countries: “Should gender segregation be allowed in Muslim public meetings.” Please note that we’re […]

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The fact [Richard] Dawkins presents – that so few Muslims have won Nobel Prizes — does raise legitimate questions that Dawkins himself addresses in a blog post about the controversy he stirred up by his tweet. He points out that […]

London’s Islamic Vigilantes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A band of Islamic vigilantes has admitted to roaming the streets of East London, confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in an effort to enforce Sharia law. Three men have pleaded guilty to related charges after self-proclaimed ‘Muslim Patrols’ attacked, […]

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 […]

Prince Among Slaves

posted by Suzy Shuraym

You do know the story of the Muslim African prince who was sold into slavery, right? No? Then read it here: Which African Prince Was Sold Into Slavery? It’s part of the history of Islam in America.

As Long As These Things Happen…

posted by Suzy Shuraym

the hijab will remain more of a political statement than a religious one. If a woman in Sudan who refuses to wear hijab faces flogging, her civil liberties are in peril. I’ll wager that most American Muslims — men and […]

A & F Wrong to Fire Hijab-Wearing Salesclerk

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center have announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker […]

Buddhists Burn Homes of Muslims in Burma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Burma following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by […]

A Boycott is In Order

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post reports, “Signs posted at a Spring Branch, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for ‘No Muslim parking’ shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque.” Read all about it here: ‘No Muslim […]

Are you directing some of your alms to Syrian refugees?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

With Syria’s population struggling just to stay alive, the education system has fallen apart. Mac William Bishop of the New York Times visits volunteers who run unofficial schools for Syrian refugees. Here’s a video about the fight for Syrian schools.

Ramadan and Work

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In Muslim majority countries, Ramadan causes havoc with the work schedule — business just shut down or are open limited hours (often after sunset). What about in North America? How do you handle Ramadan in the workplace — especially when […]

How to Design a Multicultural Society

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Interesting discussion by Kenan Malik of Pandaemonium on the “how’s” of creating a successful multicultural society. An excerpt: “The starting point of multicultural policy is the acceptance of societies as diverse. Yet, on the multicultural map, that diversity seems magically […]

Gay, Muslim, and Seeking Asylum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Yet another wave of Muslim immigration heads West. Joseph Mayton writes: “Facing discrimination and violence in their home countries, homosexual Muslims are flocking to the U.S. and Britain—where immigration hurdles await.” Check it out here.

Pressure Cooker Sparks Hotel Evacuation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Police in Dearborn [Michigan] are trying to understand why a pressure cooker was left in the restroom of the Adoba Hotel, forcing the evacuation of guests until the early morning hours. The evacuation also canceled Sunday night’s banquet of the […]

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce […]

Ceramic Tile in Architecture

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Sumptuous, vibrantly colored ornamentation is a distinguishing characteristic of Islamic architecture. As the human form and figurative representation are strictly forbidden, there is a total absence of sculpture in Islamic edifices. Instead, geometric patterns and rich surface decoration reach unparalleled […]

The Rise of Hijab Fashion Bloggers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In the last few years, a growing community of hijab fashion bloggers has changed the idea of what it means to be a modern Muslim woman,” writes Vanessa Rosales on The Daily Beast. Learn about hijab high fashion here. It […]

“Traveling While Muslim”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a long-standing discussion in the United States about DWB arrests (that “driving while black” is reason enough for the police to pull over a motorist). Now, evidently, this has been expanded to “traveling while Muslim”. This story is simultaneously […]

Prince Rahim Aga Khan Engaged to American Model

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Aga Khan Development Network, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan (age 42), to Kendra Spears, (age 24), a model from Seattle, Washington. […]

The Tsarnaev family: A faded portrait of an immigrant’s American dream

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Marc Fisher, writing in The Washington Post, has penned a thoughtful narrative of the Tsarnaev family’s life in the United States. Most interesting, perhaps, is the differing experiences of the two brothers, Ruslan and Anzor (the latter being the father […]

“She Who Tells a Story”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania […]

Is the Hijab Worth Fighting Over?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Check out the discussion going on here. In this writer’s opinion, if the purpose of the hijab is “female modesty”, it should not be worn in non-Muslim majority countries precisely because it calls extra attention to the wearer — which […]

Radicals Not Raised in Mosques

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Suhaib Webb and Scott Korb, writing in today’s New York Times point out what many of us know: “radicalization does not happen to young people with a strong grounding in the American Muslim mainstream.” Bottom line? “The American Muslim community […]

Guiding Our Boys to a Straight Path

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“I would like our community to take responsibility for how it is that we — yes, we — have allowed an interpretation of Islam to prevail in this world that turns this boy of innocence into a bomber and murderer,” […]

What Can We Learn from the Boston Bombings?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The New York Times has a poignant editorial about immigrant children in today’s issue. “Taking in what Emma Lazarus called the ‘wretched refuse’, including asylum seekers like the Tsarnaev brothers, without providing a scaffold of support undermines the promise of […]

What Do Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk Have in Common?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Both Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk are among the Islamists “favorited” by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. You can find out more here: “Meet the Muslims Quoted and Cited and Favorited…”

Bombing Suspects: Chechen?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Media sources have identified the suspects in the bombing at the Boston Marathon as brothers with the last name of Tsarnaev: Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26. Unfortunately for us, they’re Muslim Americans, children of Chechen parents who immigrated to the […]

Here we go again….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Guilty until proven innocent! There’s absolutely no indication that a Muslim, American or otherwise, detonated explosives in Boston.

Is Glenn Beck Right?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Glenn Beck has a theory about why Michele Bachmann is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, and it’s not because her 2012 presidential campaign allegedly committed campaign finance violations: It’s because the U.S. has been ‘infiltrated’ by ‘radical […]

Why Are Tennessee Lawmakers Upset by a Mop Sink?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

They were afraid Muslim men would use it to wash their feet! Read it all here: “Tennessee lawmakers upset by mop sink that could be for Muslim foot washing”

What Is an Islamist State?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There is really no such thing as a specifically Islamic or “Pakistani” blueprint for running a modern state. None. Nada. Nothing. There is no there there. Yet school textbooks, official propaganda and everyday political speech in Pakistan endlessly refer to […]

Morsi Issues Warning

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s president delivered a stern warning to his opponents on Sunday, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to “protect this nation” two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the […]

Aurora Killer Latest Convert to Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There’s a hot new meme blowing up on the conservative blogosphere: James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colo., theater shooter, has become a devout Muslim.” Read the rest here: “Hot GOP source: The National Enquirer” “Suddenly the tabloid becomes reputable when […]

In San Francisco?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Over the past year in San Francisco, the war over the popular conception of Islam has been continuously fought on the unlikeliest of battlefields–the sides of the city’s buses. “Purchased by the pro-Israeli American Freedom Defense Initiative, the most recent […]

Islamophobia still has its place at CPAC

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“Though, for the most part, the fringiest conservatives were shut out of [the Conservative Political Action Conference] CPAC this year, one unofficial panel hosted by Breitbart.com did not disappoint, bringing out “The Uninvited” anti-Islam activists for a panel on national […]

AFID “Anti-Jihad” Ads on MUNI Buses in SF

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The ad shows Osama bin Laden and the burning twin towers. The tag line says, ‘That’s his jihad, what’s yours?’ The campaign is the latest from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which says it is educating America about what it […]

IntraFaith Code of Honor

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“We Muslims cannot let events which took place 1,400 years ago and created these labels be the demise of our community today,” said Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior Adviser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, DC . “These attacks […]

The Prophet Muhammad Thru Western Eyes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Guest Editorial By Sarwat Husain Council on American-Islamic Relations The Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th day of Rabi-Al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic lunar calendar, more than 1,400 years ago. He remains misunderstood in much of the […]

Conflating Islam and Nation of Islam

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Fox News’ “Sean Hannity attempted to tie Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to controversial Nation of Islam pastor Louis Farrakhan and his national assistant Khalid Mohammed, following an explosive interview on Fox News earlier this week in which Ellison accused […]

Muslim-American Terrorism

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Every American Muslim should download and read a copy of this report by Charles Kurzman of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (released February 1, 2013): “Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further” http://tcths.sanford.duke.edu/documents/Kurzman_Muslim-American_Terrorism_final2013.pdf

Terrorism isn’t an American-Muslim Problem

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“None. Zero. That’s the number of fatalities or injuries from terrorist acts by American Muslims over the last two years, according to a recent report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security,” reports Dana Sher of the Washington […]

This Time It’s Pakistan’s Turn

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “Sherry Rehman, the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, is under investigation by Pakistani police for allegedly blasphemous remarks she made more than two years ago on a Pakistani talk show, Agence France-Press reports. If […]

“Friends of Hamas” and the “Junior League of Hezbollah”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two of the groups allegedly linked with Chuck Hagel, who’s facing a Senate confirmation fight for Secretary of Defense, are bogus. As Salon.com reports, “None of the charges were more ridiculous on their face than the allegation that Hagel took […]

Controversy Over a Cemetery?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After residents voiced strong opposition to a proposed Muslim cemetery in a rural part of unincorporated Bullitt County in Kentucky last week, the county’s Board of Adjustments voted 4-1 to deny the request to loud applause from the crowd of […]

Hagel Confirmation Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some opponents of the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense allege that he has shadowy Hamas ties — yet the group they pinpoint apparently does not exist. See: “Friends of Hamas”: The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn’t Actually […]

Students: Want a Summer Internship?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is accepting applications from students for its summer internship program in Los Angeles or Washington, DC. The MPAC internship program helps young leaders who are committed to making Muslims a vital and contributing component in […]

America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” is the topic for a Middle East Forum at 5:30 p.m. February 26, 2013. Sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the discussion takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East […]

Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012

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It’s no surprise to us: “Terrorist incidents from American Muslims is on the decline for the third straight year.” “Only 14 people out of a population of millions were indicted for their involvement in violent terrorist plots in 2012, a […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

“She Pushed the Man Under a Train Because She Hates Muslims”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder […]

Camel Corps in the American Southwest

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A brief look at a brief moment in American military history, courtesy of The New York Times: “The Civil War featured many dazzling innovations: ironclads, hot-air balloons, the Gatling gun. But if armored warships and more powerful guns pointed to […]

“Fox News Made Me Do It”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to setting an Ohio mosque on fire told a judge he was motivated by media accounts – specifically those on Fox News – suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and were in control of […]

Neo-Nazis Arrested for Assaults on 3 Middle Eastern Men

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Federal authorities in New Jersey are ending 2012 with the arrests of two accused white supremacists who allegedly went on a hate-filled assault spree last New Year’s Eve,” reports Bill Morlin of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Christopher Ising, 31, […]

The Egyptian Referendum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Both Islamists and secular liberals need to learn that compromise is not a dirty word.” That’s the conclusion of Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center. Read the rest of her article here: “Egypt and the Art […]

Arab Men and Arab Women

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Despite what you see on TV, Arab men today want equality for their daughters, love in their marriages, and, yes, condoms.” So says Marcia C. Inhorn in “I Am With the Uprising of Arab Women” . “Arab men in the […]

Texas Textbooks Investigated for Islamic Bias

posted by Suzy Shuraym

CSCOPE, a Texas curriculum development firm, was accused of “pro-Islamic bias” by a chain email — so, of course, an investigation was launched. The result? A “72-page report — compiled by a former social studies teacher described by CSCOPE’s director […]

A Questionable Conviction in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Alber Saber Convicted Of Blasphemy By Egyptian Court; Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison. “The case of Alber Saber is one of several seen by rights advocates as a campaign led by Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. Many […]

It’s Not About Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s Thomas L. Friedman’s take on the current turmoil in Egypt: “What has brought hundreds of thousands of Egyptians back into the streets, many of them first-time protesters, is the fear that autocracy is returning to Egypt under the guise […]

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Afghanistan Women’s Rights Abuses Prevail Despite New Law, U.N. Says. What’s so difficult about the concept of a nation’s future depending on women as well as men? Putting handcuffs on half the population does nothing except further ignorance. Muslim-majority countries […]

Egypt Still in Turmoil

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“The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides on Sunday, as President Mohamed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests […]

Egypt: It Only Gets Worse

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“At least seven people have been killed and more than 770 injured in clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Yikes! Read more here.

Protests Escalate in Cairo

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“Thousands in Cairo protest Egypt president as opposition rejects talks. Egyptian protesters break through barbed wire barricade at presidential palace; more than 10,000 protesters were penned behind barrier, guarded by army tanks.” Read more here.

Tanks Deployed at Morsi’s Palace

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Egyptian government deployed tanks outside of President Mohamed Morsi’s presidential palace early Thursday after overnight clashes between the president’s supporters and opposition killed at least seven people and wounded 400. Read it on Al Jazeera Engish.

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 […]

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”

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?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

There We Go Again!

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Violent outrage over a photograph makes the rioters look like idiots. Here’s the latest example: “Muslims Attack Buddhist Temples, Homes Over Quran Facebook Photo”

Women Can’t Make the Hajj?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Nigerian officials say 908 Muslim women pilgrims traveling to Mecca face deportation from Saudi Arabia for traveling without male relatives.” Read the rest here. What would the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say?

What’s Wrong with Blasphemy?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Suppose there had not been a single riot in response to the now infamous video ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. Not a single car burned, not a single embassy breached, not a single human being physically hurt. Would the makers of […]

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