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Being Muslim Now: Part 1, Representation

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

There is a saying of the Prophet, "There will come a time when holding firmly onto religion will be like holding onto hot coals (Al-Tirmidhi)." Facing pressures both internal and external to Islam, it feels that time has come.

No Hope, No Nothing: On Becoming a Muslim Comedienne in Indonesia

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf

I now understand that I am not alone. Indonesian Muslims including myself are gradually becoming strangers in their own skin struggling to cope with the socially-constructed standard of becoming good Muslims by trying to look and act as Arab as possible.

Tools in Crafting our Best Muslim Selves: Some Reflections on Islamic Education in a Global Age

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

Recent sensational headlines involving Muslim extremists--and the actions of the extremists themselves--have contributed to challenges facing Muslim educators, as well as obscured the important work that these educators are doing the world over.

WATCH: Muslim Women Have A Bone To Pick With Lady Gaga

Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion

A leaked Lady Gaga song called "Burqa" is causing controversy among the Muslim community for its sexualized lyrics about the body beneath the traditio...

Dancing to the beat of a new drum twelve years after 9/11

Common Ground News Service | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Endy Bayuni Jakarta - The Western and Muslim worlds drifted apart in the wake of 9/11. The 11 September 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States ...

High-tech Cultural Center Allows New Level of U.S.-Indonesian Exchange

Common Ground News Service | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Despite its minor downsides, @america is a representation of the United States' goodwill toward Indonesia. With more interaction and mutual understanding, the respectful relations between both countries could improve and lead to a more fruitful partnership.

Islam: Giving Shelter To Those Who Seek Refuge

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

"Islamic law preserves the rights of refugees. In a society true to the Islamic laws, a refugee will most certainly enjoy the freedom, without the pressure of repatriating."

Women's Sexuality and Men's Fear

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.23.2012 | Women
BJ Gallagher

Years ago, Mother Teresa was invited to attend an anti-war rally. She declined, reportedly saying something to the effect that: "Anti-war protestors a...

Bringing Equally Shared Parenting To A Very Traditional Culture

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"We want people who watch the show to see there is equal partnering within the Muslim culture...We want to break the stereotype that the man is not involved..."