Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Gallup: U.S. Adults More Likely to Vote for a Muslim Presidential Candidate than an Atheist or Socialist

Gallup: U.S. Adults More Likely to Vote for a Muslim Presidential Candidate than an Atheist or Socialist

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

Support for Nontraditional Candidates Varies by Religion via GALLUP on JUNE 24, 2015:  PRINCETON, N.J. — Despite tidal shifts over the past 60 years in Americans’ willingness to support a well-qualified black, female, Catholic or Jewish candidate for president to the point that these are now widely accepted, significant segments of Americans still don’t endorse […]

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Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands

Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

via THE FLORIDA BOOKSHELF (NEWS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA) on JUNE 30, 2015:   “Captivating, provocative, and groundbreaking. Taking up the mandate that women’s realities matter, Majeed writes with depth and analytical rigor about a topic we have scarcely begun to understand.”—Amina Wadud, author of Inside The Gender Jihad “Tackles the contours and […]

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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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Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

“We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this country.” — Maha Elgenaidi, CEO of the Islamic Networks Group (ING)  by Maha Elgenaidi for iSLAMiCommentary on JUNE […]

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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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LISTEN: After Killing Of 38 Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists (via Alice Fordham, NPR)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

“If they (young Tunisians) feel society doesn’t accept them, they might think it’s fine to harm society”  by ALICE FORDHAM for NPR NEWS on JUNE 29, 2015:  Officials in Tunisia ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians fear the government is going too far by limiting personal and religious liberties. LISTEN […]

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Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

Unable to find shelter in Lebanese areas, many Syrian refugees have fled to overcrowded Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where the UN and NGOs, with scarce resources, try to help by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 26, 2015: The curtain opens on a makeshift classroom somewhere in Lebanon. Chalked on a blackboard: “We sing the chorus […]

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President Obama Hosts WH Iftar: “We are all one family”

President Obama Hosts WH Iftar: “We are all one family”

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

Guests included 3 members of Congress, 42 diplomats from Muslim nations, and prominent members of the American Muslim community  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 22, 2015:  Here are a selection of Tweets from tonight’s iftar hosted by President Obama at the White House: Obama hosts Iftar dinner to mark Ramadan — and reach […]

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The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous piece, Mustafa Tuna, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke, discussed his new book “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Empire, Islam, and European Modernity 1788-1914″ (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) with ISLAMiCommentary — carrying his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia […]

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WATCH: Shirin Neshat Translates Iranian Political Unrest Through an Artistic Lens

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

via PBS NEWSHOUR on JUNE 24, 2015:  For Shirin Neshat, “art became a kind of an excuse to build a relationship, even from a distance,” to her homeland and history. Neshat grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran, then came to the U.S. as a student in the 1970s and is now an internationally recognized artist. She […]

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