Islam In America

Islam In America

The sham “terrorism expert” industry

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A detailed examination of the topic (read it all here) by Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald explains just how “common group identity and career interest” is used by a group of “terrorism experts” to sustain “the myth of the Grave Threat of Islamic Terror in order to justify their fear-based careers”.

Truthfully, the “menace of Islamic terrorism…is wildly exaggerated…, [and] is sustained by ugly sentiments of Islamophobic bigotry”.

But we already knew this, right?

The Nuances of the Burqa

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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“The burqa can be seen as a tool to increase mobility and security, a nuance often missed in the outside world’s image of the garment. Assuming that a burqa-clad woman is not empowered and in need of liberation is a naïve construct.”

So says the Lonely Planet guidebook on Afghanistan.

Agree? Disagree?

Have you ever worn a burqa?

Ramadan Around the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities around the world. Here’s one author’s round-up.

Do you do something differently? How do you observe Ramadan where you live?

Wearing Muslim Head Scarf At Work

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “A former hostess at a Disneyland restaurant is suing Disney for not allowing her to wear her Muslim head scarf, or hijab, at work.”

Have you (or do you know someone) who’s had similar problems?

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posted 12:51:09am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Russia vs. Islam?
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posted 2:33:30am Mar. 11, 2014 | read full post »

"Innocence of Muslims"
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posted 10:35:30pm Feb. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Gender Segregation
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 not talking about gender segregation i

posted 2:34:21am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe
"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 in view of the grandiose claims advanced by some Muslims for the

posted 9:00:04pm Dec. 09, 2013 | read full post »


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