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The Compatibility Question in American Classrooms

Casey Donahue | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Casey Donahue

Just as I would not use an apple's core to study its skin, I would not rely solely on the Bible to understand America's Christian Right. It isn't fair to put on trial an Islamic text that is not authentically represented or agreed upon by its politicized constituents.

India: Religion vs. Elections

Connor Ryan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Connor Ryan

Starting April 16, the people of India will determine the government of the country for the next five years. The elections will end on May 13 and the previous government will cease to exist on May 31.

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...

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

Lack of Women Empowerment Contradicts Quranic Vision

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Treating women with the inherent dignity that she was created with, ensuring that their rights are preserved and advocating that they are given equitable opportunities to succeed is necessary to uphold the Quranic vision.

5 Pieces of Advice for Volunteering Internationally

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Benjamin Orbach

There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.

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.

Flexing Saudi Muscles

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime ally, the United States, take the lead in pursuing a Middle East agenda with which the Saudis generally concurred. All of that has changed within the last year.

Torture and Us

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.31.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

I believe there is a moral imperative to oppose torture unequivocally, to work hard to prevent it from happening and to heal the wounds of torture. This essential human moral imperative becomes an inescapable obligation if torture is committed and in your country's name.

Award Spurs Debate in 'Desert of Silence' in Muslim World

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Taufiq Rahim

There was something truly captivating about sitting in the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal, waiting for the announcement of the 2013 winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

'Sectarian Violence Could Destroy The Muslim World'

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's king warned Tuesday that ethnic and sectarian violence sweeping across several Arab countries could lead to the "destruction...

The Most Persecuted Religion in the World

Kelly James Clark | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Kelly James Clark

We have scarcely skimmed the surface of violence and intolerance to Christians in Muslims worlds. If it should continue at its present rate, Christianity will very soon be completely eradicated in its homeland.

The Writing Center Diwaniya: Mission Impossible or a Vision of the Future?

Dilara Hafiz | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Dilara Hafiz

Imagine a typical day at a typical college campus. Students gather at the elevators, relax over coffee, and mingle in the common areas. Now imagine a typical day at a private U.S.-style university in Kuwait.

Gaza and the Need for Muslim Activism in America

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

To my Muslim friends, I respectfully suggest that life will improve for Muslims in Palestine and Pakistan, and for all of us in America, the day that thousands of American Muslim families show up at Disney World all wearing green t-shirts.

Boykinism: Joe McCarthy Would Understand

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Andrew Bacevich

The debate over who actually represents God's will is one that the both Bush and Obama have studiously sought to avoid. The U.S. is not at war with Islam per se, U.S. officials insist. Still, among Muslims abroad, suspicion persists and not without reason.

Arab Disturbance, American Distress

Ahmed Charai | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the Arab world, there is always a large segment of the population that views American policy as an imperialist conspiracy, even if that policy was designed to help them.

The Muslim Renovatio (Some of Us Knew What Was Coming)

Michael Vlahos | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Michael Vlahos

We know as little now about the Muslim world as we did on 9/11, because we do not wish to know. For better or worse, the Bush administration shaped our worldview of Islam. We have not yet escaped their theocratic vision of a Muslim world in need of American redemption.

You Give Muslims a Bad Name

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Ruzan Sarwar

If the Muslim world, with all its law-abiding, productive moderates and progressives, allows itself to fall victim to its extremist factions, there will never be peace.

The Syrian Morality Test

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

This is not necessarily an appeal for Arab troops to put their boots on the ground, but it is a reminder that Arabs and Muslims are perfectly capable of intervening. That is, if they wanted to do so.

The Biggest Challenge for Islamic Political Parties? Pluralism

Haris Tarin | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Haris Tarin

Developing a culture of pluralism requires the newly elected leaders of these societies to grapple with diversity in all forms. It is a social contract that both governments and citizens in a society need to be committed to and willing live by. These movements clearly have a long way to go. 

A Tweet, From Civilization to Civil-Violation

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

What seems a harmless tweet to some, and a blasphemous tweet for others, is telling of something larger: a pendulum swinging from a civilization to a civil-violation.

Who's Really Behind The Fatwa Against Terrorism And Suicide Bombings?

Kemal Argon | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Kemal Argon

Terror and compulsion in religion vis a vis non-Muslims is to be seen as clearly not the norm in Islam. Peace and tolerance would rather be the norm.

Ahmadinejad Words Play to Muslim World

George T. Haley | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
George T. Haley

Recently, I played 20 questions with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Pakistan, Palestine, and the USA

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I woke up this morning to the news that Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, had directly accused Pakistan's Inter-Se...

Bad Muslims With a Good Idea

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Jalal Alamgir

Palestine has taken the right decision. A diplomatic showdown is bad behavior in colonial eyes, but a public show of hands in the U.N. is the right thing to do at this point.