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  • Ben Carson’s Muslim comments ignore his own denomination’s history

    Ben Carson’s Muslim comments ignore his own denomination’s history

    By Aaron Griffith Religion News Service When Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson stated that he does not believe a Muslim belongs in the White House, he was following a long-standing, bipartisan American political tradition of assailing religious minorities for their perceived anti-Americanism. Take anti-Catholicism, for example. Former President John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in

  • A secret Muslim president? Been there, done that.

    A secret Muslim president? Been there, done that.

    By Stephen Prothero USA Today In a Republican primary season that has stoked fears of the undesirables and the undocumented in our midst, it now seems to be the Muslims’ turn. Last week, Donald Trump let slide the comments of a man at a New Hampshire town hall meeting who called President Obama a Muslim,

  • The first public school in the country to require a world religions course

    The first public school in the country to require a world religions course

    By Joseph Laycock The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates. We are a nation of religious illiterates. From the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims, to the Hindu values invoked by India’s BJP party, to Biblical allusions that saturate American political rhetoric, survey data shows

  • Ahmed Mohamed is owed an apology

    Ahmed Mohamed is owed an apology

    Ruth Nasrullah Religion News Service Ahmed Mohamed is a winsome and kind of nerdy boy from Irving, Texas, who wears rectangular glasses and has the classic look of a 14-year-old hovering on the cusp of adulthood. His youthful enthusiasm prompted him on Monday (Sept. 14) to bring a successful engineering project, a homemade digital clock,

  • Race and the hijabinista

    Race and the hijabinista

    By Keziah Ridgeway Hijabinista. Hijabista. MusDiva. Whatever you call them, Muslim women who use social media to highlight their love of fashion and creativity have become all the rage. This phenomenon, spurred by the daunting task of finding fashion forward clothing, has even made its way into mainstream media. From the very beginning, hijabista’s created

  • More Syrian refugees: good for national security

    More Syrian refugees: good for national security

    By David Mednicoff The Conversation Western countries and the Middle East are (finally) engaged in serious negotiations around resettling many more of the refugees from Syria – the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. While arguments around global complicity and moral obligation in the Middle East should and do inspire aid to refugees, they

  • Analyzing media portrayal of US Muslims

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan OnIslam US Correspondent HOUSTON – “You don’t speak Arabic? What kind of terrorist are you?” This line was delivered during a popular, prime-time US television show about a family of cops working in New York City. One of the main characters was interrogating a Muslim suspect following a failed bombing attempt.

  • A lesson learned 14 years after 9/11

    A lesson learned 14 years after 9/11

    By Aman Ali 14 years ago today, I almost beat the living snot out of a kid in my high school. It was the last class of the school day, and everyone was glued to the TV in the room trying to wrap their heads around what kind of psychopath nutjob could fly planes into

  • Can one terrible image change the direction of a humanitarian crisis?

    Can one terrible image change the direction of a humanitarian crisis?

    By Gabriel Moreno Esparza The Conversation The harrowing picture of a man carrying the corpse of a drowned boy on Bodrum beach published by numerous news organisations could be the defining image of a globally significant event. As a piece of photojournalism it has already made an impact in a way Daniel Etter’s moving picture

  • Bad bridal priorities

    Bad bridal priorities

    By Hafsa Ahmad Alt Muslimah A longer version of this article originally appeared on Alt Muslimah here. Weddings are joyous, celebratory moments in most individuals’ lives. The joining of two individuals who can bear to sit through never-ending sermons, mountains of paperwork and reels of cheesy videos is surely something commendable. However, it is an

  • #BlackLivesMatter march matters for Muslims

    #BlackLivesMatter march matters for Muslims

    By Margari Hill On August 29 members of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, which is a federation of organizations that represent over 400,000 Muslims, Inner City Muslim Action Network Chicago Muslims and Arab American groups joined a historic march organized by The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. The march called

  • Cultural sensitivity training for Lilburn police

    By Amr Omar AtlantaMuslim.com Lilburn, Georgia –On May 9, 2015, Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist attended a Muslim community potluck held at Lucky Shoals Park. Asma Elhuni, a passionate community organizer and Georgia State student, Amin Tomeh, a Geotechnical Engineer whose children attend Al-Falah Academy in Lilburn, and Ibrahim Awad, a criminal defense attorney and resident

  • Arrests made in murders of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

    By Murali Balaji Authorities in Bangladesh announced yesterday that three men suspected of the brutal machete murders of bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das have been arrested. But the violence against secular and minority-rights activists continues. Hindu writer Niloy Neelwas murdered just ten days ago. As Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch wrote yesterday,

  • The many uses of the bathroom lota

    The many uses of the bathroom lota

    By Wajiha Rizvi LOTA: A small, usually spherical water vessel made of brass, copper or plastic used in South Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa to maintain personal hygiene. “I knew I should’ve put my lota in the safe,” I thought to myself, crestfallen.  I had returned to my hotel room, a trying

  • The little library that did big things

    The little library that did big things

    By Amina Shah AtlantaMuslim.com Why did I bother setting up a children’s library in a masjid? I love hearing that question. It gives me the perfect opportunity to discuss negative attitude towards children coming to mosques. This is a conversation that we must hold over and over, again and again, until every mosque welcomes children with

  • Invisible women (also known as muslimahs)

    Invisible women (also known as muslimahs)

    By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow Last month, in a train station pizza shop, I sat somehow gulping down a slice while carrying on a professional phone call in between bites. I slowly began to feel stares. Confused ones. Curious ones. And could it be…hostile ones, too? I couldn’t be sure. So, I had to wonder if the people

  • A black male’s poetics of grief

    A black male’s poetics of grief

    By Stephen Jamal Leeper It’s hard being black, I’ve been black for a long time. I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I can go to the emergency hospital right now and just drop dead. ‘What happened?’ ‘He was tired of being black.’ – Paul Mooney Why am I so tired? I’ve asked myself this question over and

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