Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

by KERRI MILLER for MPR NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  GUESTS: Ani Zonneveld: Founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values Omid Safi: Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians in the world, according to The Pew Research Center. In the United States, […]

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Muslim Scholars Name Climate Change as Dire Threat

Muslim Scholars Name Climate Change as Dire Threat

[ 0 ] July 21, 2015 |

Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders exert on richer nations to reduce impact on Earth’s climate by KIERAN COOKE for RTCC on JULY 15, 2015:  Human beings could cause the ending of life on the planet, says a group of Islamic scholars − and countries round the world, particularly the rich ones, must face […]

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

[ 0 ] July 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 17, 2015:  ISLAMiCommentary would like to wish all who are celebrating — Eid Mubarak! The Muslim community in America and around the world have been observing the month-long fast of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan is being marked at this time by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” […]

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WATCH Haroon Moghul: “An Attack on Any Mosque is An Attack on All Mosques”

[ 0 ] July 3, 2015 |

by HAROON MOGHUL on JULY 1, 2015:  Whether you’re Sunni or Shi’a, Sufi or Salafi, Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki or Shafi’i, Ja’fari or Zaydi, Isma’ili or Ibadi, you are a Muslim. Let’s stop the hate.    Haroon Moghul is the author of “The Order of Light” and “My First Police State.” His memoir, “How to be Muslim”, is […]

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Kuwait: New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers (via Human Rights Watch)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

Guarantees Crucial Rights, but Gaps Remain via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JUNE 30, 2015:  (Beirut) – Kuwaiti legislators’ adoption on June 24, 2015, of a new law giving domestic workers enforceable labor rights is a major breakthrough that should lead other Gulf states to take similar action, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwaiti authorities should […]

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Liberalism and the American Muslim Predicament (Sherman Jackson for Islamic Monthly)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

by SHERMAN JACKSON for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JUNE 27, 2015:  In his provocative book, White, Richard Dyer observes that the real power of American whiteness lay in its effective invisibility. While Hispanics, Asians, blacks and others are immediately recognized as raced, whites enjoy the presumption of being just “humans.” This raises their perspective above critique, […]

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WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

via TED on MARCH 2011:  Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as the seclusion of women) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world’s general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on […]

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10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2015 |

by AISHA ANWAR for BUSTLE on JUNE 17, 2015:  Ramadan 2015 is here, which means you’re going to see your Muslim friends fasting from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. But — hold up — what exactly is Ramadan? (It’s totally OK to ask if you don’t know.) Here’s a primer: Night after night […]

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REPORT: The Global Refugee Crisis — A Conspiracy of Neglect (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] June 18, 2015 |

via AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN) on JUNE 2015:  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the past two years, the world has witnessed a growing refugee crisis. In 2013, for the first time since World War II, the number of those forcibly displaced from their homes exceeded 50 million. Millions more have since been displaced as a […]

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Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 17, 2015: ISLAMiCommentary would like to wish our Muslim readers Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan starts on Thursday, June 18 this year. For those who are not Muslim, and are curious about Ramadan, here are some Ramadan FAQs excerpted from the Council on American Islamic Relations 2015 “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide.” Q: […]

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