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Egypt’s Turn to be Tone Deaf

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Earlier this week, the Administrative Court of Alexandria, Egypt, banned a festival held each year for decades in honor of a Moroccan rabbi. According to the report in WorldPost, “local residents…objected to the mingling of men and women and the […]

Arrested for Driving While Female

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here we go again. Two women have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for the crime of driving. Seriously? Yeah: only in Saudi Arabia. But, why? We all know Saudi women (and girls) who have driven cars in the kingdom — […]

Women at Work in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It has always seemed strange to me that many in the Muslim world continue to relegate half the population to the shadows. Yes, I’m talking about the role of women — and that’s especially true in places such as Saudi […]

The Third Generation Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

Previous Posts

New York City schools will close for Eid holidays
According to the New York Daily News, New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September.

posted 1:45:59pm Mar. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Use of Sharia Law in the U.S.
"According to Islamic law specialist Abed Awad, bans on sharia law are actually unconstitutional. Sharia law, like any foreign law or other religious law, is to be used as 'parol evidence' or 'extrinsic evidence' and provide cultural context for a ruling," writes Rahel Gebreyes in The Huffington Pos

posted 1:15:16pm Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Morocco's Hassan II Mosque
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 60-story minaret, where there's a laser light shining the way toward Mecca. (

posted 1:25:36pm Mar. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Applying for a Job Wearing Hijab
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court indicated yesterday (25 February 2015) it will side with a Muslim woman who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.

posted 1:56:41pm Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

An Example for ISIS?
"More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend," Reuters reports. The response? Norwegians said they'd form a peace circle a

posted 11:50:27am Feb. 23, 2015 | read full post »


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