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  • Adult bullying of Muslim kids: a national challenge

    Adult bullying of Muslim kids: a national challenge

    By Engy Abdelkader Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students. Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed handcuffed, detained, and suspended for inventing a clock

  • The missing link in Muslim non-profits

    The missing link in Muslim non-profits

    By Ibrahim Sherman  AtlantaMuslim.com I am always impressed with the young men and women I have the pleasure of meeting in Atlanta’s Muslim community. They are intelligent and engaged, and clearly possess strong leadership potential. Yet I have heard many members of local Islamic organizations ask, “Where are the leaders of the future?” I find this

  • Are We Really Americans?

    Are We Really Americans?

      By Asma Elhuni AtlantaMuslim.com What does it mean to be an American? Not in the legal sense, but in the way we perceive the concept of “Americanness.” Does our perception include the indigenous Native Americans who roamed this land for 12,000 years? Does it include people of African descent who sacrificed blood, sweat and tears

  • Why Richard Dawkins’ new book won’t win him many converts

    Why Richard Dawkins’ new book won’t win him many converts

    By Jacob Lupfer  Religion News Service How sad and frustrating it must be to realize that people around the world are rejecting your most deeply held convictions. When you devote your life to promoting a worldview and win few converts, it can cause you to lash out in unbecoming ways, damage your witness, and ultimately

  • Best practices of ‘Muslim’ blogging

    Best practices of ‘Muslim’ blogging

    By Sabina Khan-Ibarra AltMuslimah With so many voices and opinions on the Internet, launching a blog is a great way to share real stories, join the global conversation and add to the online narrative of Muslim Americans. When it comes to “Muslim” blogs, you will find ones that focus on anything and everything, from storytelling like

  • Pakistani drone strikes should worry Obama

    By Michael Boyle The Conversation In early September, the government of Pakistan joined an exclusive club. It became the fourth government in the world – following the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel – to use an armed drone to conduct a targeted killing. In doing so, it shattered the assumption that armed drones

  • Anti-immigrant rhetoric can be deadly

    Anti-immigrant rhetoric can be deadly

    By David Gushee Religion News Service Some of this year’s crop of politicians tell us that illegal or undocumented immigrants pose a deadly threat to our country. I say that anti-immigrant rhetoric is the more dangerous threat. It has been deadly before, here and in other countries. It can easily become deadly again. You can

  • Where polls fall short: a conversation with Robert Wuthnow on ‘Inventing American Religion’

    Where polls fall short: a conversation with Robert Wuthnow on ‘Inventing American Religion’

    By Andrew Aghapour Editor’s note: The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Read more at www.religiondispatches.org. It’s primary season in America, that special time when we come together as a nation and renew the democratic process by relentlessly quantifying popular opinion. According to the polls, for example, evangelicals love Donald Trump. Recent polls

  • It’s not just me, every Muslim loves this pope

    It’s not just me, every Muslim loves this pope

    By Zehra Rehman Alt Muslimah A recent cartoon showed Pope Francis calling for America to take action on social justice, immigration and climate change. Standing next to him, a somber adviser reads a piece of paper and comments to the pontiff, “43% of Republicans now say you’re a Muslim.” Political satire aside, Pope Francis’ message is resonating

  • Vladimir Putin’s big mistake

    Vladimir Putin’s big mistake

    By Haroon Moghul On the first day of airstrikes, Russia bombed the wrong rebels. On the second day of airstrikes, Russia didn’t hit ISIS. On the third day of airstrikes—stop me if you’ve heard this before. Weeks into a campaign that was ostensibly aimed at defeating them, Putin hasn’t even tried to hit any ISIS targets. It’s not that he won’t. It’s that

  • 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

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