iOS app Android app

Parvez Sharma
Parvez Sharma (Director/Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He directed and produced the award winning A Jihad for Love, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and opened the prestigious Panorama Dokumente section of the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. The film went on to screen for over eight million people in 51 nations and was theatrically distributed in the US and Canada. He was named one of “50 Visionaries who are Changing your World,” in a list headed by the Dalai Lama. His writings on Islamic, racial and political issues have frequently appeared on The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and The Guardian, to name a few. He has become a prominent speaker on Muslim issues speaking at hundreds of live events around the world and conducting workshops with the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security. His new film "A Sinner in Mecca" ( is filmed clandestinely in Saudi Arabia and documents his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca as an openly gay Muslim man.

Entries by Parvez Sharma

Egypt in 140 Characters or Less: Widespread Looting All Over Cairo

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 7:32 PM

These are 40-tweets-in-20-minutes kind of days for me. I have only really become a tweeter after my beloved #Cairo started burning on #Jan25. The preceding hash-tags are testimony to my inability to think beyond tweeting this revolution, this uprising. I love twitter and I love facebook-for the last few days...

Read Post

Egypt Is Burning, and It Is Not a Facebook or Twitter Event

(24) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 4:50 PM

Cairo is burning. So is Egypt. Twitter is exploding. Everyone seems to have an opinion -- many who have never even been to Egypt, but feel a strong sense of solidarity with the most remarkable revolution in a generation, perhaps. A revolution that importantly is not really caused by Twitter...

Read Post

This "Revolution" Will Not Be Twittered?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Hosni Mubarak is 82-years-old. He has been Egypt's absolute ruler for three decades. He is America's biggest ally in the Middle East. He has probably never really figured out how to use a computer. I cannot imagine that he tweets or even fully comprehends how this most omnipresent of social...

Read Post

Inshaallah Twitter

(31) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 7:42 AM

I have a breaking news kind of update from a chat with Negma a few minutes ago. This below is our exact conversation on Skypechat (12:08 pm Eastern on Jan 27) The main story follows below this update.

Me: what is happening-did u see the piece on Huff?

Read Post

The Gray Lady Wears Islamophobia on Her Sleeve

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 1:40 PM

This Sunday morning, like most mornings, I opened -- from years of habit -- the home page of The New York Times. Peering at the lead story without my glasses, I was horrified to find the image of Muslim men praying near Mecca next to a cable excerpt from (the...

Read Post

Delhi's Servant Crisis and the Commonweath Games

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:17 PM

Sita is gone. Delhi is shining, as is Gurgaon. Sita, like my uncle's family, lives in Malibu Towne in Gurgaon, 212 acres of a middle-class heaven where the upper-middle-class inhabitants of the tower apartments enjoy a life of "no load-shedding" -- meaning the towers are run by external generators so...

Read Post

Bollywood's Slumdog Cake

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 12:39 PM

A shorter version of this article appeared in The Guardian newspaper.

As the fate of the Commonwealth Games hangs in balance, India's risible Bollywood elite are still probably hung over from a 60th birthday bash at a lounge in Western Bombay's Juhu area on Saturday night, where...

Read Post

An Imam, a Pastor and a Circus

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 4:33 PM

Seventy two hours ago I returned from Beirut, Lebanon where there is a promise of fresh violence, ready to erupt soon after the month of Ramadan ends tomorrow.

A synagogue in this predominantly Muslim and Christian city is being lovingly restored in a frantic process of re-building following decades...

Read Post

America's Imam and His Problematic Mosque: A Muslim Viewpoint

(46) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 8:06 PM

I had always been taught to believe in the homogeneity of the pious. But a year after September 11, as I snuck into a Thursday afternoon zikr at the Masjid al-Farah twelve blocks from the still smoldering Ground Zero, I was not so sure. It was Ramadan and the tradition...

Read Post

CNN, Please Stop!

(25) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 12:23 PM

Just a few thoughts on the cable news media here in the US (and the delightful possibility of its extinction after the dust settles on all of this).

Please stop claiming the brave young men and women whose videos and images you are broadcasting as your "iReporters."

Please stop saying...

Read Post

The Basij Will Face Retribution: Exiled by the regime, Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar Gives His Own Sermon

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2009 | 12:19 PM

But first. Important Updates.
I was just on Fox News (of all places) with Shepard Smith (rumors are that he is "liberal"). I was reporting on what I have been reporting all along here and on DB.
Arash has sent a very powerful memo again today from Tehran-

Read Post

There Will Be Blood -- Exclusive Interview With an Iranian Journalist in Tehran

(43) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 10:39 AM

Please read this amazing account I have put on the Daily Beast from Arash Aryan-his second in two days. It will break your hearts. He is a powerful voice coming out of there.

On Friday, through the night, primarily through intermittent internet connection, I have been able to talk...

Read Post

From Tehrangeles to Tehran: Noise and Static

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 3:38 PM

As promised I continue to try and update with blogs coming out of Tehran. This is a powerful first person account from my friend Arash Aryan, a 40 year old poet who sent his writing in bits and pieces through intermittent internet access. It is reproduced entirely on the...

Read Post

A Report From Inside as Tehran Twitters

(41) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 10:27 AM


Suddenly there is no dearth of Iranian punditry on cable television, with "academics" and "Iran experts" languishing in the dank closets of academia, brought out to air on every US network. Unfortunately...

Read Post

Tehelka in Tehran

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 10:11 AM

As the most animated (and violent) protests in Tehran in a decade and in the thirtieth year after the Revolution unfold, my mailbox is inundated with emails from friends, many also reporting with anger and fear on gmail chat. Text messages were abandoned a few days ago when the blackout...

Read Post

India Shining? Not Quite.

(29) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 11:02 AM

As a proud member of the Indian diaspora, I used to think that the world's largest democracy was also its most sophisticated. Now, I'm not so certain.

India just voted for its fifteenth Lok Sabha or "People's House." If there is anything to be learned from this largest exercise of...

Read Post

There Are No Direct Flights from Tel Aviv to Tehran

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 8:30 AM

The Facebook Universe is remarkable. After my recent post "Poor, Israel? Sure, and I am Barack Obama" I got a flurry of immediate responses. I had blogged hastily, still shaking with anger at the events that unfolded yesterday on a panel organized by UN Watch, an organization with a...

Read Post

Bullets in Bollywood: No Eid For Me

(31) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 12:27 PM

On this Eid-al-Adha, the Muslim festival of the sacrifice, I wonder what aspect of my identity troubles me more: the Indian, the Muslim, or both. And is there more to those troublesome questions as well--perhaps willingly being away from the homeland?

For at least a year now, I have very...

Read Post

Barack Hussein Obama

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 9:51 PM

Just briefly- for a moment I feel is important to record, for this site I blog for sometimes.
At around 9:53 on Tuesday night (less than an hour ago) I realized that Barack Hussein Obama will be the President Elect of the United States of America. (If I am...

Read Post

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

(21) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 11:23 AM

"Michelle Obama scares me. Have you ever worked with a 'professional' black female?"

"Can you imagine those Negro girls running around in the White House?"

The first observation is thoughtfully supplied to me by a part-"Native American" friend of mine in DC, an avowed Democrat. The second is whispered from...

Read Post