Though the aforementioned dialogue is from Bernardo Bertolucci's Sheltering Sky, its ominous tone is indicative of the trepidation many Westerns still feel when embarking upon journeys to Muslim countries.
The fears articulated by the museum's advisory council are serious. For the institution to continue to ignore its own established mechanism for advice and review is reckless. Fortunately, the Brian Williams scandal offers an elegant way out. As he is removed as the museum's "voice," a new direction of compromise could finally be followed.
The depiction of a pseudo-Muslim woman in a pornographic movie might not be as bad as you think. I am not saying that to be cool or edgy. Rather, I want to offer some historical context and, with it, offer a different way to read the situation.
Please, don't listen to Rush Limbaugh or the guy who made this video. Dearborn's a diverse, wonderful city. Dearborn is what the rest of the world would look like if people learned how to get along.
The Muslim World is unhealthy in body, spirit and mind. We need to revive and reform left, right and center. Western criticism must be treated as informative but not instructive of Muslim initiatives for reform.
I believe now is the time -- actually, it has been the time for decades now -- to consider new forms of leadership, not only in the Middle East, but around the world. We need to get away from the leaders who demonize the other, who use fear, threat, and actual engagement in war as tools for their own maintenance of power.
For this month's show, we're joined by Marvel Comics' Sana Amanat. In addition to overseeing multiple fan favorite titles, Sana is also director of content and character development for the comic book giant, helping to spearhead the 2014 creation of Kamala Khan, a.k.a Ms. Marvel, the first female Muslim superhero to headline her own monthly title.
"The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing..." according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.
We live in perilous times. The rise of ISIS offshoots across the world should be a cause of deep worry for Muslims. In their quests, the extremists have left no stone unturned in sullying Islam's image.
Mainstream Muslims are speaking out, clearly and consistently. Leaders around the world have issued strong and unambiguous statements virtually every time a violent attack has occurred, condemning such acts as immoral and counter to the fundamental precepts of Islam.
The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony that took place in the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 31.
Today's geopolitical situation cries out for solutions to prejudice, just as the environment in the United States 50 years ago did.
While business leaders and civil rights groups are right to criticize Indiana's government for allegedly targeting same-sex couples in the state for discrimination under the banner of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), we should not throw RFRA out with the bathwater.
This past week, I joined 11 other medical students from the University of Chicago in volunteering at a Lakota Native American reservation in South Dakota. The experience was a great opportunity to not only learn about health care challenges on reservations, but also to reflect on the intersections between religion, service, and medicine.
Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed.
When the movie ended, I was filled with emotion. I did not have any expectations of the film. I had assumed it would be like most religious films complete with a full white cast. Instead it was the most diverse looking religious film that I have ever seen.