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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 […]

“Our American Heritage”: 49th Annual ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Altaf Husain started the session on “Our American Heritage” during the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America with a challenge. “Who are we as a community,” he asked the audience on Sunday [2 September 2012]. “What […]

The Oldest Mosque in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is said to be the first permanent structure to be built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States. Construction was […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Elijah Muhammad

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

Previous Posts

Photo Friday: Morocco, Indiana
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 town comprising a total area of 1.13 square miles. According

posted 10:40:38am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

The Third Generation Dilemma
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 that "younger congregants are searching for mosques that

posted 1:00:21pm Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »

ISIS Apparently Beheads Muslim Convert
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 citizen. This Muslim convert was known as Peter Kassig before h

posted 11:53:12am Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Older Men Manipulating Younger Men?
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 seek to blame an outside influence for violent and destruc

posted 1:19:55pm Nov. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Remembrance Day Icon is Controversial?
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: I'm talking about the controversy in Britain over the poppy print scarf: "a Muslim h

posted 1:42:08pm Nov. 13, 2014 | read full post »


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