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samina-ali's picture
Sep.23.2013
As we commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11 today, we continue to face turbulence, extremism and hostility between faiths, a continued legacy of that day's terrible events. As the curator of Muslima, a new online exhibition about contemporary Muslim women, I can't help but wonder where are...
samina-ali's picture
Sep.23.2013
Over the past few months, I've been repeatedly asking people the same question: What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of a Muslim woman? Inevitably, whether I'm speaking to a group of graduate students at a prestigious university, to journalists from around the world, or to a...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.23.2013
Sunday mass. Two suicide bombers. 80 Christians killed. The Taliban strikes. Again. My friend B is a devout Christian. She chose her mother's faith; her father is a Muslim, her husband was a Catholic. They travelled to many countries and she has several options, but after his death she was...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.10.2013
Pastor Terry Jones will burn 3000 copies of the Quran. A group of American Muslims will donate blood in response. While this pacifist reaction is good, why do Muslims, who are professionals, who contribute to the economic and social life of the U.S., have to get defensive and try to "overturn the...
robert-earle's picture
Jul.08.2013
Palace of Desire, the second volume of the Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mafouz, offers all the earthy, contradictory vanity, hypocrisy, and religiosity of Palace Walk, volume one. More a chronicle than a novel, Palace of Desire focuses hard on one overarching theme: the way Egyptian men of modest...
farzana-versey's picture
May.22.2013
They hacked a soldier to death. What was as bad as the spectacle of TV anchors giving tantalising sound bites about the possible images of the beheading was the surprise over Prime Minister David Cameron cutting short his visit in France and calling for a special meeting. Is this not what a...
farzana-versey's picture
May.07.2013
If Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad should not be portrayed in any physical form as it goes against the principle of Islam, then must a painting not fall in the same category?  Several reports have mentioned an upcoming auction in Britain later in May where a “rare painting of the footprints...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
May.03.2013
To those who know me, it is no surprise that I was born with a WHY chromosome. Because I was so fortunate as to travel the world during my teen years…those highly impressionable years…I’ve seen things, heard things, experienced things that became fertile soil to my many questions. I was raised in a...
kim-packard's picture
Mar.14.2013
With Saint Patrick's Day approaching, I recently watched Shergar, a TV film loosely based on the 1983 kidnapping of an exceptional Irish Thoroughbred racehorse.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shergar  I was naturally intrigued by the circumstances of the event that inspired the filmmaker's...
robert-earle's picture
Feb.11.2013
Not infrequently I think of the job of writing fiction as picking at things that make us uncomfortable.  This means novels, in particular, have changed a good bit in their function over the centuries.  Once upon a time novels confirmed the social order--think of Jane Austen.  Now we...