Tag: US Muslims

Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

[ 0 ] January 26, 2015 |

“The term “Reasonable Accommodation” has emerged in the last decade as a major innovation in the legal and political culture of liberal democratic nation states. Facing growing ethnic and cultural diversity, resulting from migrations that transformed their socio-demographic maps, liberal societies confront the imperative of accommodating minorities that are ambivalent about integration into the “national […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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LISTEN: After the Charlie Hebdo Attack: Bruce Lawrence on the Perception of Islam & Muslims

LISTEN: After the Charlie Hebdo Attack: Bruce Lawrence on the Perception of Islam & Muslims

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015 |

posted to SoundCloud by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, via WWL Radio Tommy Tucker show (New Orleans, Louisiana) on JANUARY 9, 2015:  Have your opinions on Muslims changed ? Tommy talks to Bruce Lawrence, a Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at Duke University, about perception of Islam and Muslims after the January 2015 attack in Paris […]

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The Quran in Conversation: Hearing Diverse Voices in American Islam (Ken Chitwood/Michael Birkel)

The Quran in Conversation: Hearing Diverse Voices in American Islam (Ken Chitwood/Michael Birkel)

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015 |

by KEN CHITWOOD for KENCHITWOOD.COM on JANUARY 5, 2015:  Just over half of Americans (54%) know that the Qur’an is Islam’s holy book. Based on that number, it is likely that much less have much knowledge of its contents or if they do, they only know what is given to them by popular pundits, mainstream media, […]

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In Memory of Dr. Maher Hathout

In Memory of Dr. Maher Hathout

[ 0 ] January 5, 2015 |

Offering Condolences & Funeral Services via MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL on JANUARY 3, 2015:  Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon. To God we belong and to Him we will return. On Friday, January 2, 2015, the world lost a pioneer, visionary and a leader of the American Muslim community. Dr. Maher Hathout (1936-2015) was a […]

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The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 2, 2014:  Lots of people argue over Christmas, whether it is the holy day to honor the birth of the Jesus or a commercial, secular holiday. (And at least to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the birth of Isaac Newton). Muslims are no strangers to arguments, and have their […]

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Happy New Year! ISLAMiCommentary 2014 Year in Review

Happy New Year! ISLAMiCommentary 2014 Year in Review

[ 0 ] December 29, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 30, 2014:  Happy New Year to you and yours! May this coming year bring you good health, love, and peace! ISLAMiCommentary will be on holiday break until January 5, 2014. ISLAMiCommentary would like to thank our readers so much for your support this year — for reading, for sharing, […]

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Christmas and Muslims?

Christmas and Muslims?

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on (updated) DECEMBER 24, 2014:  Here’s  how some Muslims are approaching, thinking about, and even observing Christmas and the Christmas season around the world. WATCH: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Jaffa Mark the Beginning of the Christmas Season (The Jerusalem Post, December 2014): EXCERPT: Arab Christians in the […]

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Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 16, 2014:   Last week (12/8) the Justice Department issued new guidelines forbidding federal law enforcement agencies from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation. (Profiling based on race and ethnicity was already prohibited.) The new guidance also applies […]

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The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia has ended after a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the city’s central business district. Various media were reporting that the gunman is Man Haron Monis — an Iranian-born refugee and self-described cleric who’s been in […]

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