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Did ISIS Really Do It?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

ISIS has claimed “responsibility” for the two gunmen shot down in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. One wonders why, since the pair failed miserably in their attempt to kill some of the crowd at the event. Why crow about abject failure? […]

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What Actually Happened in Garland?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed […]

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Garland, Texas

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As reported by the Associated Press: “Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday […]

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Islam is as American as a Rodeo

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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.” […]

Texas Muslim Capitol Day

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to know where to begin on this one. Surely the organizers knew that the name itself — Texas Muslim Capitol Day — would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did). What wasn’t foreseeable, however, […]

A Boycott is In Order

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post reports, “Signs posted at a Spring Branch, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for ‘No Muslim parking’ shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque.” Read all about it here: ‘No Muslim […]

Camel Corps in the American Southwest

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A brief look at a brief moment in American military history, courtesy of The New York Times: “The Civil War featured many dazzling innovations: ironclads, hot-air balloons, the Gatling gun. But if armored warships and more powerful guns pointed to […]

Texas Textbooks Investigated for Islamic Bias

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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 […]

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"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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