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Islam In America

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 no parallel term for Christians (Christianist?), and posits that Islamist “actually means ‘Jihadi’, ‘Towelhead’, ‘Hajji’.”

Do you agree with his assessment?

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 East 2.0″ is the topic for a presentation including Haleh Esfandiari (pictured), Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Aaron David Miller, Vice President, New Initiatives, and Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The discussion is moderated by Rachel Bronson, Vice President, Studies, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

It takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois. Cost for those who are not members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is $20, and business attire is required.

This program is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs)

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 think? Are the requests reasonable?

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 Division of Student Life staff, a Chaplain to the community and advisor to Muslim students.

Successful candidates will have an advanced degree and experience working with college age women, an understanding of the complexity of bringing together a diverse community of Muslim women, and experience in and enthusiasm about interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills. Graduates of Muslim Chaplaincy training programs are especially encouraged to apply.

The position is half-time, with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. To apply please go online. Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume or C.V. with your application. For full consideration, applications should be received by February 1, 2013.

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