Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  How do you respond to prejudice when it is blatant, direct, and in your face? A few weeks ago, I traveled to Europe to take part in conference of European and North American Muslim leaders. It was a distinguished lineup of community leaders, spiritual figures, […]

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WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

via MOHAMMED HASHAS/YOUTUBE on NOVEMBER 12, 2014:  LUISS School of Government in Italy presents the International Conference ‘Imams in Western Europe – Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges’ November 5, 2014 – Aula Magna, Viale Pola, 12 Rome Welcome by LUISS School of Government: Giovanni Orsina Welcome by the conveners: Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli Niels Valdemar […]

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Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

by JEREMY MENCHIK for JAKARTA GLOBE on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Announcements by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo that they plan to change the way that the government regulates religious affairs is a promising sign that the administration of President Joko Widodo will work to improve the rights of religious […]

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Gate A-4

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE for LIVE & LEARN (blog) on NOVEMBER 16, 2014:  Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was […]

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WATCH: Washington’s National Cathedral Hosts First Friday Muslim Prayers

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

via VOAvideo on NOVEMBER 14, 2014:  A group of Muslims were invited to worship on Friday in the Washington National Cathedral. The hope was that an Islamic service in one of America’s best-known churches would send a message of interfaith harmony to counter extremists’ use of religion to justify hatred and strife. VOA Religion correspondent […]

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Omid Safi on “The Thief of Intimacy, Busyness”

Omid Safi on “The Thief of Intimacy, Busyness”

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014 |

The great Persian mystic Attar says: Every breath of your life is itself a jewel. by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 13, 2014:  I was sitting in our living room a few days ago, with my laptop on my lap, doing what I always do “after work” — answering emails that don’t stop […]

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Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women’s Sporting Rights (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches. The warning signals a new assertiveness driven by the […]

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Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

Bruce B. Lawrence celebrates Marshall Hodgson’s moral vision by BRUCE LAWRENCE for MARGINALIA (AT LA REVIEW OF BOOKS) on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary. While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with […]

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As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

Is anybody listening?  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: “Muslims in America and Europe say discrimination against them has seemed more pronounced after the Islamic State terrorists beheaded American and British journalists and aid workers. Hate-filled remarks on social media have also become more prevalent, especially since 9/11, when Facebook and Twitter […]

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Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

Carl Ernst: Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh — Reflections on Religion & Terrorism

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

  “There is no reason to give militant groups credibility by taking at face value their extravagant claims to represent an entire religion.“ —– Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies  by LAURA FRATER and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: In his October […]

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