Tag: US Muslims

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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The Self-Righteous Indignation of Muslim Women (in Hijab)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2014 |

by NT for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  I grew up in a fairly culturally desi house where Bollywood, mehndi (hand painted red designs), actor Salman Khan, girlylehngas (those brightly colored intricate shirt with skirts embroidered in gold colored ribbons) and other strong cultural symbols ruled our day-to-day routine.  Religion was not explicitly mentioned […]

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Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

[ 0 ] December 1, 2014 |

by ABDUL LATIF for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 1, 2014: In a meeting with Latin American Muslim leaders last month Turkish President Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus. This claim is not new. There are several well-meaning pieces of purported evidence: records of journeys from Muslim Spain; West African Mandinka inscriptions in […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

[ 0 ] November 25, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 2014: Omid Safi on America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today The prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say to America today, in light […]

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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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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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WATCH: Debbie Almontaser on “Embracing Our Diversity”

[ 0 ] November 10, 2014 |

via DEBBIE ALMONTASER/RAD TALKS on NOVEMBER 10, 2014:  In the above video Debbie Almontaser speaks about the need to embrace our diversity. Almontaser is a doctoral student at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in the Urban School Leadership Program and the Board Chairperson of the Muslim Consultative Network. Other affiliations include Teaching Tolerance, Facing History […]

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Psychology of a Terrorist: Experts Go to the Source

Psychology of a Terrorist: Experts Go to the Source

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014 |

“The science isn’t there yet as far as terrorism psychology is concerned. We now know more about what we don’t know.” — John Horgan, director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies at UMASS Lowell by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on November 6, 2014: Why do people join terrorist groups and why do they […]

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