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Usra Ghazi
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Usra Ghazi is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and Public Policy Fellow of Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. She works on faith-based engagement at the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians. A long-time interfaith activist, she was thrust into interfaith work through Chicago-based nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core. She has served on the research team of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan.

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Why Muslim Americans Need Malcolms and Martins

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Imagine an eight-year-old, Pakistani, girl version of Martin Luther King, Jr. She's wearing her dad's oversized black suit, a red striped tie hanging just above the knees, long black hair tied back, and a thin mustache drawn on with eyeliner. She stands in front of her third grade class and...

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Fasting, Feasting and Learning on Thanksgiving

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 6:04 PM

"We don't celebrate Thanksgiving. You should always give thanks." A few years ago, that's what you'd hear around my house as Turkey day approached. (The same goes for Mother's Day, "We are Muslim. Every day is Mothers Day!")

Still, as our immigrant status developed into naturalized citizenship, so did...

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Inspired by Abraham to Vote

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:33 AM

At age 16, I began to see the Prophet in the sun and the moon. On early mornings I'd lay across my bed and muse at the sunlit dust specks floating across the rays of light, wondering if some of them had once been kicked up by the camels of...

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Dear Neighbor: The Hope of Interfaith Cooperation

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 2:50 PM

Dear Neighbor,

I'm scared. Two weeks ago, a congregation of Sikhs (supposedly mistaken for Muslims) was shot at, and six people were killed. The day after that, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri burned down to the ground in what may be arson. Then on Friday, a man...

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