05/09/2012 01:24 pm ET Updated Jul 09, 2012

Mother's Day 2012: A Snapshot of American Muslim Motherhood: A Photo Essay

Images play a powerful role in shaping our perceptions. Contemplate the American Muslim woman, for instance or Muslim women more generally. She is commonly portrayed by the media and in popular culture as a victim, terrorist or seductress. This Mother's Day, through the personal images of and reflections by and about real American Muslim woman scattered throughout the U.S., we glimpse a truer understanding of her -- her struggles, aspirations, values -- and are reminded once again of our common humanity.

A Snapshot of American Muslim Motherhood