New website for “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim”

There's a new website for the anthology of reflections on being a Muslim man in America that I've mentioned before and to which I contributed an essay.Its contributors section currently has a short bio and picture of moi, for any interested.It's quite an interesting mix of guys.  … [Read more...]

Anders Breivik and Islamofascism’s youthful bloom

There's a great piece on exploring the sad overlap between the worldview of Norway's mad Islamophobe murderer Anders Breivik and the thinking of significant swathes of political life in Western countries today, especially on the Right. His mindset and hate are hardly unheard-of in these polarized times.Oxford historian Tim Stanley makes many good points. The one you ear least often but which I think in a lot of ways is the most important concerns the very recent vintage of … [Read more...]

Tikkun Daily: The NT as “Jewish” lit and reading scripture in historical context

I just posted something new on Tikkun Daily.  … [Read more...]

Essay on Malcolm X in Claremont Review

There's a very interesting essay on Malcolm X in the conservative Claremont Review of Books.Among other things, it gives you a taste of the political and cultural milieu from which Malcolm X emerged.There's much to comment on, of course, but I was most struck by the examples provided of his and Elijah Muhammad's tactical cooperation with none other than the Ku Klux Klan. For all their vast differences, the Klan and the Nation of Islam shared a vital overarching objective: both were … [Read more...]

Praying to which god, I wonder…

As a Muslim, I find it hard to put to words how obscene and revolting this report is. According to reports in the media, an elderly woman in a UK senior home may have died due to a delay in receiving medical treatment caused by a Muslim nurse who refused to tend to her until after he finished praying.From The Telegraph:Alzheimer's sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found sitting down after staff heard a bang and a carer went to the office for help to lift her.But agency … [Read more...]

Tikkun Daily: “Think the NYPD is infiltrating Pat Robertson’s church?”

After a very long hiatus, I finally posted something new on Tikkun Daily. … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids the Holy Quran…with Legos!

I’ve blogged on occasion about Legos. You might remember me mentioning The Brick Testament,which retells a number of famous (and in some cases shocking) stories from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Well, I appear to be the last person in the Islamophere to notice the wonderful blog Teaching Kids the Holy Quran, which aims to do the same for the Quran, but with some innovative twists. I love this glimpse of a Lego Jahannam (Hell) from Chapter 72/Surah Al-Jinn:The emphasis is on lessons a … [Read more...]

Skewering racism on public radio

For those who are French-enabled, I thought I'd share a great radio skit that's stirred up controversy in France. There's a new humorous skit on French public radio called A votre écoute coûte que coûte (which I'd translate as "Listening to you, whatever the cost [to me of doing so]") about radio call-in show on health issues hosted by two insufferably smug and superficial experts (a doctor and a psychiatrist who are married). This particular episode involves a call … [Read more...]