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Responding to the Paris Terror Attacks

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 10:16 AM

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris are tragic on so many levels.

Scores of innocent lives were senselessly taken, and so many others will be irreversibly altered.

To be sure, these most recent terrorist attacks will further exasperate already worsening anti-Muslim sentiment in France, and well beyond.

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Muslims: Savages? Victims. Saviors!

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 3:56 PM

As a consumer of American mass media, I've got to tell you: portrayals of Muslims leave much to be desired.

She is commonly the victim.

He, of course, is the savage.

And, lost in these maddening depictions is the savior. The hero/ine. But, wait, I mean, really -- do they...

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Politics and Prejudice: Countering Islamophobia in the 2016 Presidential Race

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 8:32 PM

If the last two elections are any indication, candidates in the 2016 presidential race may be tempted to engage in Muslim-bashing - playing off national security anxieties and fostering racial and religious animus - to win the vote. But anti-Muslim bigotry comes at a high cost to American Muslims, to...

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USCIRF Issues Annual International Religious Freedom Report With a Peculiar Omission

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Last week, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its annual report documenting human rights violations globally. The report suffers from at least one peculiar omission. It left out prior analysis depicting persistent religious freedom abuses in Western Europe. And, by doing so, USCIRF -- perhaps inadvertently --...

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Religious Profiles: Another Amazing American Muslim Woman (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:32 PM

The American Muslim community is incredibly diverse -- ethnically, religiously, linguistically, ideologically, socially and economically. Mirroring that rich diversity are the myriad contributions that Muslims make in America. This is part of a series exploring that positive impact.
Part I, Part II


Muslim women...

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Religious Profiles: Michigan's American Muslim Community (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:02 AM

The American Muslim community is incredibly diverse, ethnically, religiously, linguistically, ideologically, socially and economically. Mirroring that rich diversity are the myriad contributions Muslims make in America. This is the inaugural article in a series exploring that positive impact.

We begin in Michigan -- home to the nation's largest...

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Celebrating Muslims on International Human Rights Day

(5) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:50 PM

In 1950, following WWII's aftermath, the U.N. designated December 10 as International Human Rights Day. This year's theme -- Human Rights 365 -- reminds us that every individual is entitled to enjoy human rights every day. They include the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights set...

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For Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East have dominated news headlines recently.

As women of faith -- Muslim and Jewish -- we have grown increasingly alarmed, and have been saddened, by the escalation of violence and brutality.

Myriad reports of alleged kidnappings, murders and beatings --...

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Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:58 PM

Last week Amina Ajmal took the witness stand against her father, Mohamed Ajmal Choudhary, in a New York courtroom. Choudhary is charged with arranging the killings of a young man's relatives because the man had helped Amina escape a "forced marriage."

It is alleged that, a number of...

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Religious Extremism = Child Abuse?

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:37 PM

London Mayor Boris Johnson is making waves with some controversial statements concerning Muslims.

Writing for The Telegraph earlier this week, the conservative leader likened religious extremism to child abuse and called for state agencies to assume custody of Muslim kids at risk of radicalization to prevent them...

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Using the 'T' Word to Justify Human Rights Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 5:06 PM

From China to Burma to Egypt, some governments invoke the "T" word to justify official conduct that runs afoul of international human rights law.

Often politically motivated rather than security oriented, this trend risks endangering the very security interests officials claim to be protecting.

While sharing in the...

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Should Muslim Women Testify with a Face Veil?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Should a Muslim woman remove a face-covering veil when she testifies in court? That is the issue confronting some judges in Western democratic societies.

In a Canadian criminal case that resumed earlier this month, a legal struggle spanned five years when a Muslim woman refused to remove her Niqab or...

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Study Finds Rising Religious Hostilities in Europe

(28) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 2:05 PM

According to a newly released Pew Research Center study, religious hostilities around the world have reached an unfortunate six-year high. In fact, every major region of the world, with the exception of North and South America, has experienced increased religious tensions. The report makes a number of significant...

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The Future of Women's Rights in Tunisia

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:14 PM

On January 14th Tunisians will mark the third anniversary of the "Jasmine Revolution." Three years ago, three weeks of popular protests sparked by the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor culminated in the ouster of former Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali and triggered a series of events that would...

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Mosque Controversies in Europe (and Lessons Learned From the American Experience)

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:46 AM

According to a 2012 research study conducted by Pew, Muslims are the second largest religious group in Europe, constituting approximately 5.9 percent of the population. Their growing presence, attributed to an influx of migration from Muslim-majority societies, has been met by increased government restrictions on and...

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Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar

(24) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 2:42 PM

Amid continued communal strife in Myanmar, Muslim women and children are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations that have yet to be adequately recognized and addressed. This post glimpses the related issue of human trafficking.

By way of background, Burma's record on human trafficking has prompted the United States to...

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Muslim Women and Children Confront Challenges in Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:35 PM

"I wouldn't have to live this life if I wasn't a Muslim." -Anwar Sardad, a 10-year-old child laboring in Myanmar, October 2013

Since largely democratic elections in 2011 ushered in Thein Sein as Myanmar's president, the international community has rewarded perceived political and economic reforms with eased international sanctions, foreign...

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Meet 5 People Inspiring Peace

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 7:22 PM

Peace has many faces.

We often think of it as the desired goal when bringing warring parties to the bargaining table to negotiate a workable compromise.

Yet, all around the country Americans can be found working to promote a culture of peace in much more subtle ways.


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Top Ten List: Muslims Who Save Lives

(47) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Last month, Rolling Stone featured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its magazine, triggering a firestorm of outrage and controversy.

The move was widely experienced as an affront to all those whose lives were devastated by the Boston bombings. There is a concern that Tsarnaev and his ilk are...

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99.3% of Egyptian Women, Girls Have Been Sexually Harassed

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:05 PM

New research from U.N. Women finds that 99.3 percent of women have suffered sexual harassment in Egypt. Slightly less (91.5 percent) have experienced unwelcome physical contact.

Released last week, the study confirms that harassment and assault occur irrespective of a woman's appearance, conduct or manner of dress....

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