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I Took Off My Hijab...

Leena Suleiman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Leena Suleiman adding more layers -- a knit hat and a scarf around my neck, to be exact. I didn't understand what was happening at first. Women would speak to me like I'd known them forever. Men would look at me like I was approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.

Why Does Coca Cola's Super Bowl Ad Matter?

Hussam Ayloush | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Hussam Ayloush

Coca-Cola's advertisement and the responses to it demonstrate a greater need for a greater dialogue among and about the diverse groups that make America.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

The Muslims Are Coming -- to Netflix

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.21.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

The heart of the film, and there is lot of heart here, is watching this band of edgy, self-aware, second-generation NY wiseass Muslim comics extend themselves to people in small town America who sometimes have no idea what to do with them.

Study Finds Rising Religious Hostilities in Europe

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Engy Abdelkader

Not only do we have to improve data collection mechanisms and accountability for such crimes, but we must also explore ways to build bridges between communities within our societies to help foster greater mutual understanding among diverse groups.

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.

Academic Freedom in Turkey Under Seige

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can't get a break.

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Screenwriter Kamran Pasha on Being Muslim in Hollywood

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means it's time for a new Diffused Congruence podcast! Our special guest for this episode of the show i...

A Brown, Bearded Muslim American Gives Thanks to Gap on Thanksgiving

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

What has been the Sikh and Muslim communities' fight for years was joined by Gap and CNN. What had been a lament in temples and at dinner tables for years made it to social and mainstream media on the eve of Thanksgiving.

Who Is the Real Muslim Woman Superhero?

Samina Ali | Posted 01.27.2014 | Arts
Samina Ali

By now, many of you know that Marvel Comic's next Ms. Marvel will be Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old high school student from Jersey City who happens to be a Muslim. What some of you may not know is that a similarly intolerant climate is what prompted the creation of some of our best known superheroes.

The Mask of Marine Le Pen

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.

Fear and Loathing in La France: Marine Le Pen Injects Islamophobia Into the Release of Four French Hostages

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

As the National Front's ranks continue to swell, thanks in part to dissatisfaction with alternatives on the center-left or center-right, it remains to be seen how far Le Pen will go to placate her fringe constituency while trying to appear mainstream enough for disaffected moderates.

Reading Into Acceptance: Why We Can't Remain Silent Anymore

Laila Alawa | Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion
Laila Alawa

At the end of the day, prejudice, bigotry and racism is taught by the adults in our lives. Children aren't born knowing to hate or misunderstand; it's fostered by parents, role models, and viewed situations.

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Zahra Billoo on CAIR, Islamophobia, and the Challenges of Interfaith Work

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.31.2013 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

For the second episode of our all-new podcast examining the many fascinating conversations to be had within the American Muslim community, my co-ho...

WATCH: West Ham Fans Turn On Their Fellow Muslim Supporters

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

The "beautiful game" wasn't so beautiful at the West Ham stadium last Saturday. A group of Muslim West Ham supporters were harassed by fellow fans ...

What Quebec's Battle Over Religious Symbols Can Teach Americans About Church-State Separation

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

As post-9-11 Americans, we know all too well that there's often a thin line between the separation of church and state and the infringement of rights we would otherwise take for granted; it's not easy to preserve individual rights while protecting religious groups.

VIDEO: Muslims and Jews Vow to Stand Up for Each Other, Build Global Movement of Reconciliation

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 12.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

There is a widely accepted belief that Muslims and Jews are enemies and will always remain so. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.

Jewish Leaders Compare Mosque Torching To Kristallnacht

Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion

The torching of a mosque in Gdansk, Poland has rocked the local community, particularly as the incident occurred weeks before the 75th anniversary of ...

Torn: A Film on Fear, Faith, and Stereotypes in America

Wardah Khalid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Wardah Khalid

Let's hope that audiences will take Torn's message and begin viewing the world around them through a more self-aware lens.

Rural America Would Benefit From More Muslim Families

Sahar Aziz | Posted 12.14.2013 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

The best antidote to hate is education and dialogue. Hence more Muslim families may be just what San Angelo and other small towns in America need.

Preventing Bullying Is a Community Effort

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to change society's attitude towards bullying; we have to educate each other about the things that make us the unique individuals we are -- the same things that other people use as a basis for bullying.

This Play Will Shatter Your Stereotypes About Muslim Women

Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion

Rohina Malik's one-woman play 'Unveiled' came about after she attended her best friend's wedding in a hijab, not long after 9/11. A guest at a differe...

Can Comedy Fight Religious Bigotry?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Most contemporary observers recognize the role of satire and political comedy in influencing politics and public debate, particularly through shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But, it also serves a much deeper social function.

The Satanic Verses 25 Years Later: Why the Rushdie Affair Still Matters

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It is an illusion, albeit a powerful one, to believe that a free exchange of ideas exists in any pure form in the West. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities rarely have possessed the same opportunities to shape public opinion as those with political power or cultural capital.