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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?

War Crimes in Syria

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Reuters, “United Nations human rights investigators said on Monday [17 September 2012] they had drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes who ought to be prosecuted.” What can American […]

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 […]

What are the sacred places in Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Well, sure, there’s Mecca. Let’s compile a list of the rest! Some (say, Medina) are obvious, others not so much. When you name the place, give some reasons why it should be on the list. For ideas, check out this […]

Previous Posts

"Of Dogs, Faith and Islam"
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 of Muslims' ...

posted 1:46:42pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
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, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
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 ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
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: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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