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 […]
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 […]
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.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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, […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“At least seven people have been killed and more than 770 injured in clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Yikes! Read more here.
“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.
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.
“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 […]
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”
“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?
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 […]
“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”
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
‘”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 […]
“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 […]
Israel-Gaza Conflict Reaches Cease-Fire After Egyptians, U.S. Broker Deal
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?
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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]
“’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 […]
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 […]
What planet do they live on? “Taliban says it shot ‘infidel’ Pakistani teen for advocating girls’ rights”
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.
“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.
“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.’ […]
“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”.
“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 […]
“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 […]
“$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 […]
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”
“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?
“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 […]
Read a rabbi’s take on the ads placed in the New York City subway by the American Freedom Defense Initiative: The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam
The BBC reports from Iran that “over 30 universities have agreed to ban women from about 80 different degrees such as engineering, business, nuclear physics, and computer science”. Read about it here. “Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi told the […]
“THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed. Start with a cheesy anti-Muslim video that resembles a bad trailer for a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy. It becomes YouTube fuel for protest across the Islamic world and a pretext for […]
In The New York Times on 22 September, Nicholas D. Kristof asks, “why do parts of the Islamic world erupt in violence over insults to the Prophet Muhammad?” Read his conclusions here.
“The Muslim world cannot have it both ways. It cannot place Islam at the center of political life — and in extreme cases political violence — while at the same time declaring that the religion is off-limits to contestation and […]
Does anyone wonder why Islam is considered a repressive, positively medieval religion? Actions such as this: “Historic Baghdad Book Market Bulldozed”.
From a Western perspective, the violent rioting over something as innocuous as a poorly-dubbed, badly-acted, low-budget film (or, rather, just the YouTube posting of a trailer purporting to preview the film) is baffling. As the story has developed over the […]
“A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city’s subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world. “A conservative blogger […]
“The anti-Islam video that set off attacks against American embassies and violent protests in the Muslim world was a convenient fuse for rage. Deeper forces are at work in those societies, riven by pent-up anger over a lack of jobs, […]
Check out these great photos of “Muslim rage” and you’ll see what I mean: Gawker.com gives the “controversy” the seriousness it deserves.
“Sir Salman Rushdie has said he does not think his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses would be published today because of a climate of ‘fear and nervousness’.” Read the whole BBC story here.
On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. PST, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Los Angeles, will hold a press conference to stand together in strongly condemning all violent reactions that have been […]
From the Council on American-Islamic Relations 15 September 2012 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a video appeal in Arabic to those protesting an anti-Islam film, portions of which have been circulating on the Internet. In the video, […]
From the Muslim Public Affairs Council 14 September 2012 During our nation’s commemoration of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, our country lost four heroes, one of which was U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens Stevens was a dedicated servant, who, until his […]
In a nutshell: “if friendship between Egypt and the United States is contingent upon no American ever saying anything that will offend the religious sensibilities of Egyptians, then it is time to declare that friendship dead.” So writes Tarek Masoud […]
“Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews, “You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it. “If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen […]
Surely no more than a handful of the thousands of demonstrators in the Middle East and North Africa have even seen the 14-minute amateur video. Theirs is not a protest against an anti-Islam “film” made for the express purpose of […]
“The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say […]
An interesting essay on the “Innocence of Muhammad” fallout here. Snippets: “The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of […]
“If you wonder why a desperate Mitt Romney rushed to lie about President Obama’s handling of crises in Cairo and Benghazi and make the ugly claim that Obama’s first response was ‘to sympathize with those who waged the attacks’, the […]
From Doug Saunders, author of Myth of the Muslim Tide: 10 Myths About Muslims.
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 […]