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  • Roof, Dear and Tashfeen Malik: ‘Self-Radicalized,’ ‘Terrorism,’ ‘Lone Wolf’ and Double Standards

    By Juan Cole Informed Comment Federal officials are now investigating the San Bernardino massacre as an “act of terrorism” rather than just workplace violence. But when Dylann Roof allegedly shot nine persons dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, there was strong resistance on the part of officials to speaking of that as terrorism. Likewise, Alleged

  • Dear white people

    Dear white people

    By Shahrukh Arif AtlantaMuslim.com Dear White People, Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of you seem to be on the fence about removing the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina. Personally, I don’t blame you. Everyone creates an opinion based on their life experiences and you may not have many negative memories associated with the

  • A warmer embrace of Muslims could stop homegrown terrorism

    A warmer embrace of Muslims could stop homegrown terrorism

      Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele Gelfand The Conversation The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is to shut the door. The refugee migration debate turned even more

  • American Muslim entrepreneur Omar Hamid wins 2nd place on Middle East reality TV show for ‘prayer chair’ innovation

    American Muslim entrepreneur Omar Hamid wins 2nd place on Middle East reality TV show for ‘prayer chair’ innovation

    By Sara Chaudhry Ummah Wide Omar E. Hamid, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur recently took part in the MBC reality television show Stars of Science, with an unlikely innovation that could help millions of Muslims throughout the world perform their five daily prayers. Hamid won second place on the show and $150,000 to help launch Sanda and their “Prayer

  • Depression: the hidden illness in your family?

    Depression: the hidden illness in your family?

    By Sara M. Abdulla AtlantaMuslim.com I always loved Anila, my older sister. So did the rest of our family. But no one knew how to deal with her. When she was in the third grade she asked Mama, Wouldn’t it be nice to go to sleep one day and simply never wake up? Mama said Anila was too

  • If Trump can track Muslims, close Mosques, what can he do to You?

    If Trump can track Muslims, close Mosques, what can he do to You?

    By Juan Cole  Informed Comment GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, having said earlier that he might seek to close down mosques if he were president, on Thursday went further and said he would implement a registration and tracking database for Muslim-Americans. Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance pointed out that the Nazis made Jews register.

  • Egypt’s Sisi signals shift toward Muslim Brotherhood

    By Sahar Aziz The Conversation During what was otherwise an ordinary diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom at the beginning of November, Egypt’s President Sisi signaled a significant shift in Egyptian domestic policy and regional politics. After an aggressive three-year crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi publicly stated that the Muslim Brotherhood “are part of Egypt and

  • The University of Missouri is Not Unique —On the National Racial Climate in Higher Education Today

    By Amer F. Ahmed Ummah Wide The recent student activism and turmoil regarding the racial climate at the University of Missouri has brought tremendous attention to the activism of students regarding the racial climate on campus and the resignation of its president and chancellor. In much of the media coverage, the questions raised are often

  • Why Paris?

    Why Paris?

      By Ian Coller The Conversation Why Paris? I am struggling for answers after cold-blooded mass killers struck the French capital for the second time in a year. For a few months I lived next door to the Le Carillon bar in the Rue Bichat. I wandered home along the canal, enjoying the lively chatter

  • ‘Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions’

    ‘Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions’

    By Juan Cole Informed Comment Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States. As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off

  • If a gunman enters your mosque …

    If a gunman enters your mosque …

    By Edward Ahmed Mitchell AtlantaMuslim.com Run if you can. Hide if you can’t. Fight if you must. That was some of the advice offered by the Justice Department during its Protecting Houses of Worship Security Summit in Atlanta last month. Georgia’s top federal prosecutors joined an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss

  • Ben Carson: token candidate

    Ben Carson: token candidate

    By Christopher Parker Ben Carson has now overtaken Donald Trump in the national polls as the GOP front-runner. As a black man, I’m not at all sure how I should feel about this. On the one hand, he represents a party that has dedicated itself to opposing President Obama at every turn, mostly because the president is black.

  • Which Presidential Candidates Have ‘Shown Backbone’ Against Islamophobia?

    Which Presidential Candidates Have ‘Shown Backbone’ Against Islamophobia?

    By Robert McCaw ISLAMiCommentary Last Friday, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley denounced the socially-corrosive evils of “Islamophobia and xenophobia” at a conference held by the Arab American Institute at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. What should have been an unremarkable statement was made noteworthy because only a few presidential candidates have gone on the record to denounce

  • A human, not Syrian, crisis

    A human, not Syrian, crisis

    By Abdullah Budeir  Nothing feels more painful than realizing that the world is content to watch you suffer. Nothing feels more unsettling than the apathy of the world as your baby daughter bleeds to death from a civilian airstrike. Nothing rips the heart more than knowing your suffering is just a statistic, a news report. We

  • My 7 month anniversary

    My 7 month anniversary

    By Hammad Aslam The author wrote this piece December 23, 2009. He is now a resident physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I write this because it is the seventh month anniversary of my second life. You see, exactly seven months ago, I was involved in

  • Islamophobia: a clear threat to religious pluralism in the US (part 1)

    Islamophobia: a clear threat to religious pluralism in the US (part 1)

    By Engy Abdelkader Last month, the American Muslim community breathed a collective sigh of relief when 20 anti-Muslim rallies targeting mosques nationwide fizzled with minimal attendance and counter-demonstrations from interfaith partners.  This welcome development has left some wondering if anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. is overblown. Islamophobia threatens religious pluralism – the peaceful co-existence of

  • The journey to becoming a new mom

    The journey to becoming a new mom

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Writer A man came to the Prophet and said, “O Messenger of God!  Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?”  The Prophet said: ‘Your mother.’  The man said, “Then who?”  The Prophet said: ‘Then your mother.’  The man further asked, “Then who?” The Prophet said:

  • Is Russia’s offer of parliamentary elections in Syria serious?

    Is Russia’s offer of parliamentary elections in Syria serious?

    By Juan Cole  Informed Comment Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said three surprising things Saturday in an interview with Rossiya 1: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would have to be part of any transition to a new govering. Syria could have nationwide presidential and parliamentary elections next summer Russia is willing to give air support to Free Syrian Armygroups if

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