Monday, January 15, 2007

Muslim Rapper "Walks" To The Top Of The Charts

One of the few places where Islam has found a place in modern Western culture is in hip-hop music. Artists like Mos Def and Jurassic 5 have shown that it is possible for Muslim identities and Islamic values to find their place amid the bling of the hip-hop world. Now, a street-smart Muslim kid from... Sign in to see full entry.

The Founding Fathers And Islam

The news that Representative-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN) plans today to take an informal Congressional oath of office on a copy of the Qur'an once owned by Thomas Jefferson might seem surreal to those who cannot imagine that the Founding Fathers had anything but a passing familiarity with the... Sign in to see full entry.

In Iran, The Holocaust Brings People Together

There is something about Christmas time that brings about delusions: innocent ones, such as children who cling to the belief that Santa Claus exists, and the not-so innocent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who thinks the Holocaust is a myth. This week Iran played host to the verbosely titled,... Sign in to see full entry.

As Hajj Begins, More Changes and Challenges In Store

Muslim pilgrims from around the world began boarding their flights, ships, and buses this week for Hajj 1427 AH (after hijra ), a hajj following years of tragedies that culminated with last year's stampede at the jamarat bridge (killing nearly 350) and the collapse of a hostel housing pilgrims... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

War On Christmas? Don't Blame Muslims

In recent years, there has been much talk of a so-called " war on Christmas " that seeks to eliminate all references to the religious nature of the holiday from the public sphere. Stores have dropped the traditional "Merry Christmas" greeting in favor of the generic "Happy Holidays", nativity scenes... Sign in to see full entry.

Al-Jazeera Reaches Out To The English Speaking World

Al Jazeera, the network Donald Rumsfeld once called "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable," created a media revolution that is difficult for non-Arabic speakers to appreciate. Remarkably open and professional (especially when compared to the staid state-sponsored media that dominated the Middle East... Sign in to see full entry.

An "Alliance of Civilizations" Attempts To Bridge East-West Divide

For as long as there have been tensions between the Muslim world and the West, there have been different - and conflicting - narratives regarding their causes. While Muslim voices point to political grievances on the ground in various hotspots around the world, Western leaders (most often... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 3, 2006

Fear Of A Muslim Opinion

For all the yearning for moderation in Islam and frank dialogue within the Muslim community about its problems, there has been a curious pattern recently in the targetting of Western Islamic scholars who attempt to visit the United States. Back in September, American authorities upheld their ban of... Sign in to see full entry.

Seeking New Audiences, Muslim Artists Go Mainstream

For many years, Muslim artists - especially of the musical persuasion - have preferred the relative safety of playing in the Muslim sandbox. (We mean this literally, as most Muslim musicians have decided to cater to Muslim children with non-controversial themes and without conventional musical... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Economist, Writer Win Nobel Prizes

With all the fuss lately over veils and manufactured outrage, the awarding of two promient Nobel prizes to Muslims may have slipped under the radar. Bangladeshi-born economist Muhammad Yunus was the surprise winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Grameen Bank, his revolutionary institution... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Website Says Muslims Aren't Offended By Apple Store

Recently, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) stated that an anonymous Islamic website in the Middle East urged Muslims to show their outrage at the Apple Store in New York City, which built a pavilion coincidentally resembling the cube shape of the Ka'aba, the ancient structure in... Sign in to see full entry.

Thailand Coup Highlights Role of Muslim Minority

While Muslims account for only 4.6% of Thailand's total population, their presence in the country (a relic of a 1909 deal with the British that left three Muslim-majority Malay states in Thai hands) has been a major factor in the coup in Thailand last week that ousted democratically-elected PM... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Still Caught Between Two Hells

It's become a pattern now. Every time September comes around, our society pulls the bandages off our collective wounds and insists on poking sticks in it. The self-torture has come to the point where some news outlets are broadcasting their original footage from that fateful morning, uncut, in order... Sign in to see full entry.

India's "National Song" Splits Hindus, Muslims

Though Hindus are overwhelming majority of India's billion-plus population, the country's secular-minded framework has sought (sometimes in theory alone) not to alienate any of its many minorities, chief among them over 130 million Muslims (more than in neighbouring Muslim-dominated Pakistan).... Sign in to see full entry.

Muslim Women In High Places

With all the trouble that Muslim passengers go through at the airport these days, it's comforting to know that at least one Muslim will be entrusted with the flight of a lifetime - hopefully without the hassle that people who Fly While Muslim go through. After an ailing Japanese businessman pulled... Sign in to see full entry.

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