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The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

Kecia Ali | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Kecia Ali

Islamic State atrocities, including systematic rape of captive Yazidi women and girls, have prompted debates over Islam and slavery. Simplistic claims that Islam accepts or forbids slavery ignore complex issues of interpretation and implementation. They also obscure both the lasting impact of slavery on Muslim sexual ethics and the troubling ways that only some violence merits notice or condemnation.

Islam: What's the Problem? It's Not Faith -- It's the Neighborhood Which Restricts Muslim Women's Rights

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Islam gets a bad rap -- mostly because it is not understood by large populations of uneducated followers who misinterpret the content and context and are guided primarily by the cultural context of the countries where they reside -- the neighborhood if you will.

Why the Oldest Qur'an Is so Important for Muslims

Nafees Syed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Nafees Syed

Professor Thomas has sharply noted why this is discovery is so monumental for Muslims. It appears to affirm what Muslims to believe is the greatest miracle of Islam--that it is unchanged from its point of revelation and to the end of time.

Student Finds Old Parchment In University Library, Turns Out It's Probably The World's Oldest Quran

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

A Ph.D. student who stumbled upon several ancient pieces of paper hidden in another book may have inadvertently discovered pages f...

Eid al-Fitr 2015: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan&nbs...

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Walk Not Exultantly Upon the Earth: An Islamic Response to Pope Francis' Encyclical

Joseph E. B. Lumbard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Joseph E. B. Lumbard

For Muslims and Christians, the place of human beings is not to subdue the earth. It is to hear the patterns already established within nature and live in harmony with them, had we but eyes to see and ears to hear.

Jerusalem Comes to Jamaica

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Legends of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba live on, as do tales of the hoopoe bird.

The Duggars Have a Lot to Teach the Church About Islam

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If you're tired of defending Christianity every time another self-professed Christian makes the news for doing something evil, and yet you also find yourself denouncing Islam as an inherently evil religion based on what you see on TV and what little you've read of the Quran, I urge you to stop.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

Annuities, Experts and My Losing 90 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Don McNay

I was in a coffee shop, having breakfast with my daughter, Angela Luhys, on a week when my weight loss had reached the 90 pound mark since November. While sharing this great milestone with Angela, the guy in the booth behind me was trying to sell an annuity.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

Lindsay Lohan Photographed Carrying A Quran

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion

Lindsay Lohan was spotted on Wednesday carrying a Quran as she left court-ordered community service at a children's center in Brooklyn. Lohan'...

The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Studying Islam has come at a price. Old friends see me as a traitor; family members see me as "strange," and Muslims see me as someone who will never be good enough. These developments make me think deeply about the issues of loyalty, love, and knowledge.

Fighting Arguments With Arguments, Not Violence

Ahmed Khan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Muslims must remember that no Usama Dakdok or Pamela Gellar can ever take away anything from Islam, but violence in the name of Islam will certainly empower them to spread their hatred towards it.

4 Sentenced To Death For Role In Afghan Mob Killing

AP | LYNNE O'DONNELL and AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Four Afghan men were sentenced Wednesday to death by hanging over the filmed mob killing in downtown Kabul of a young woma...

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

A Very Brief History of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

I'm not interested in trying to decide the best and worst "holy" books because all contain both ridiculous and reasonable passages. Adherents can quote portions to justify loving their neighbor or killing their infidel neighbor.

Is Islam Really the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas?

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Dale Hansen

Are quotations from a religious book really enough to indict an entire religion? With this in mind, listed here is a mix of verses from the Quran and the Bible. Is it obvious which book is the mother lode of bad ideas and which one is the religion of peace?

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Reflections from Rosebud Reservation

Aamir Hussain | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

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.