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Omid Safi is a University of North Carolina professor and author of Progressive Muslims.

Obama’s (Almost) Perfect Speech

posted by Omid Safi

Historic. Brilliant. Nearly Perfect. The tone of President Obama’s speech in Cairo was most reminiscent of his masterful speech on race in America:  acknowledging open wounds on all sides, while laying out a hopeful vision for a shard future.   It […]

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The Urgency of Now – Obama Must Act on Gaza

posted by Omid Safi

The death toll from Gaza keeps rising like a morbid nightmare, from 150 to 300, to at last count 702 victims.     702 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military through massive bombings that have inflicted unimaginable violence upon some of the […]

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President Obama and the Muslim World

posted by Omid Safi

Dear President Obama, There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election, your election, our election, signifies for America.   May it be that it signals the healing of our racial wounds.  Yet this is not just […]

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Now is the Time…

posted by Omid Safi

Dear Mr. President-Elect, It is hard to believe that it has just been two weeks since your historic election.    There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election signifies, from what we hope is the beginning […]

Terrorizing the American Politic

posted by Omid Safi

There have been many low points in this protracted and seemingly never-ending Presidential season.   Race and gender wedge-games dominated much of the primary scene, with socioeconomic class being an equally uncomfortable and all-too-often silent factor.    Religion too has been present, […]

Palin Hears Voices

posted by Omid Safi

Religious conviction is a delicate matter.    Many of the greatest reformers this world has ever known, Christ, Moses, and Muhammad, not to mention more recent figures like Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu, all heard God’s voice, pushing them along, […]

“Voice of Palestine” passes away

posted by Omid Safi

Mahmud Darwish, the incomparable Palestinian poet and visionary, and the foremost representative of the hopes and dreams of Palestinians since Edward Said, has passed away on August 9th. When the news of Darwish’s passing came out, it was front-page news […]

Obama and the Kevin Bacon Game of Persecuting Muslims

posted by Omid Safi

The Obama Campaign, at it’s best, has not been about Obama. It’s been about a mass movement, a coming together of long time activists and newcomers, who have dared to restore hope to politics, to dream that there is a […]

Tricky Terrain: “Progressive” and “Religious”

posted by Omid Safi

The “p” word has had a tortured history with Muslims, as it does with many other religious communities. Ironically, it tends to work as a better marker to many non-Muslims of the social and political commitments of the Muslims who […]

Obama (finally!) Reaching Out to American Muslims

posted by Omid Safi

After some major bumps along the way, there is finally a very encouraging sign in terms of the relationship between the historic Obama Presidential campaign and the six million strong American Muslim community.   The Obama campaign has had a complex […]

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Originally appeared on Tikkun Daily BlogEver since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of ...

posted 1:48:39pm Feb. 01, 2011 | read full post »

When Generosity, Love, and Kindness are Public Policy, the Violence We Saw in Arizona will Dramatically Diminish
The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords and the murder of so many others in Arizona has elicited a number of policy suggestions, from gun control to private protection for elected officials, to banning incitement to violence on ...

posted 2:44:04pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas -- and Their Downsides
Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was itself ...

posted 12:59:53pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base
Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

posted 1:44:11pm Sep. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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