The Religion of ‘Star Wars’: Why People of All Faiths Embrace the Force

Yoda, seen here in The Empire Strikes Back, has parallels in many religious traditions. (Photo: Everett)Gwynne Watkins WriterYahoo Movies May 25, 2017A lifelong Star Wars fan from California, Irfan Rydhan always saw echoes of his Muslim faith in the concept of the Force. But when he began researching the parallels between Star Wars and Islam for a blog post, he was surprised to find a traditional Sufi figure that reminded him of Yoda. “Al-Khidr is described as a green being w … [Read more...]

Muslim Media Activism, Circa 1998

In 1998, I had been out of college (UC Berkeley) for 1 year and was living in Oakland, CA.  After a year of working, I decided to join my friend Javaid, who recently got his degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting from SFSU to start a Video Production Company to serve the needs of the American Muslim Community (we wanted to make a feature film, but ended up making wedding videos instead).  As there were always negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media (even before Sept. 11th, 2001), we also w … [Read more...]

Zaki Hasan: The Grandmaster of Geekdom

Originally Posted on ILLUME Magazine.Zaki Hasan has been a geek all his life, though he's never felt comfortable admitting it until now. From a childhood steeped in Superman comics and STAR TREK reruns to his current role as a professor of communication & media studies, Zaki has spent much of the last two decades analyzing and evaluating the role of popular culture in shaping and defining our cultural, societal, and spiritual discourse. It's this realm of ideas that's central to GEEK … [Read more...]

ILLUME Media Seminar: Digital Journalism in the Age of Multi-Media Story Telling

ILLUME magazine in assocation with the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) Media Committee, CAIR-SFBA, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) present a special 2 -day In-Depth workshop for students of Media and Journalism as well as others who are interested in learning the art and techniques of professional story telling in the Digital Age.  The weekend seminar will take place on April 17th and 18th, 2010 in the S.F. Bay Area.  There is also a FREE panel discussion on th … [Read more...]