Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Why We Care About Some Gunmen, and Not Others (by Charles Kurzman)

Why We Care About Some Gunmen, and Not Others (by Charles Kurzman)

[ 0 ] August 31, 2015 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 31, 2015: Not every gunshot echoes alike. Some echoes fade quickly, and are only heard in a single neighborhood. Others resonate nationwide, making headlines for days or weeks. Why do we pay attention to certain acts of violence more than others? The latest gun violence to raise these […]

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LISTEN: Youth Radio Reporter Soraya Asfari on Choosing To Wear The Hijab (via WUNC)

[ 0 ] August 31, 2015 |

Youth Radio: ‘This Cloth On Our Heads Doesn’t Stop Us.’ Choosing To Wear The Hijab:  by ANDREW TIE for WUNC/YOUTH RADIO on AUGUST 31, 2015: This summer, WUNC hired seven teenagers as part of its Youth Reporting Institute. One of them wears the hijab. She said that decision inspires many questions from strangers. Soraya Asfari explores […]

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LISTEN: Catherine Orsborn & Rev. Welton Gaddy Discuss the Very Dire Consequences of Islamophobia on Refugees

[ 0 ] August 31, 2015 |

via STATE OF BELIEF RADIO on AUGUST 29, 2015:  From the Deep South to Southern Europe, struggles for religious freedom are sending ripples across our communities. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy takes a look at three different conflicts facing religious communities… We all know […]

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Anti-Muslim Think Tank to Host Rally with Cruz, Trump

[ 0 ] August 28, 2015 |

by IMAGINE2050 STAFF on AUGUST 27, 2015:  When it was announced that 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump would be teaming up next month to host a joint rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal, it seemed things couldn’t get more outlandish. Until it was revealed that the Center for Security Policy would […]

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Ms. Marvel Wins Hugo Award Amid Controversy

Ms. Marvel Wins Hugo Award Amid Controversy

[ 0 ] August 25, 2015 |

by HEIDI MACDONALD for COMICS BEAT on AUGUST 24, 2015:  The Hugo Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, were presented this weekend surrounded by a nebula of controversy. Amy Wallace has a lengthy write-up at Wired explaining everything, but the short version is… Well, there is no short version. The award nominations, which are open […]

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WATCH: Jerusha Lamptey & Robert Wright Discuss Islam, Pluralism, the Quran, and Muslima Theology

WATCH: Jerusha Lamptey & Robert Wright Discuss Islam, Pluralism, the Quran, and Muslima Theology

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

via ROBERT WRIGHT/MEANING OF LIFE.TV on APRIL 28, 2015/POSTED AUGUST 22, 2015: Guide to above video:  Why Jerusha doesn’t call her path to Islam a “conversion” 5:47 Jerusha: In Islam, science and belief are not in opposition 7:48 Constructing a Muslim feminist theology 10:07 Taqwa, the egalitarian idea of “God consciousness” 8:46 What the Koran […]

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Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by IMAN SULTAN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 24, 2015: Granada is renowned as the last stronghold of Andalusian Muslims before the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition descended on the entire peninsula and drove them out. It is the inspiration of teary poets reminiscing of the bygone Golden Age of the Muslim ummah, and the site […]

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Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on AUGUST 23, 2015:  The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests […]

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LISTEN: Imam Zaid Shakir Interviewed about Islam and Domestic Abuse

[ 1 ] August 23, 2015 |

by IMAM ZAID SHAKIR on AUGUST 20, 2015:  Watch this exclusive Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse (MMADA) interview with Imam Zaid Shakir on the problem of domestic abuse.   Imam Zaid Shakir is a co-founder, chairman of the board, and faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He was born in Berkeley, California and accepted […]

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FBI: Anti-Muslim Voices Fuel Increased Threat From Militias

[ 0 ] August 20, 2015 |

via BRIDGE INITIATIVE/GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY on AUGUST 20, 2015:  Militia groups across the country are setting their sights on American Muslims. Since 2013, domestic militias have monitored Islamic institutions, and plotted and advocated violence against Muslims in states as diverse as New York, Indiana, Alaska and South Carolina. In 2014, militias in Mississippi “discussed kidnapping and […]

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