Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” Tells a Harrowing Tale and Goes Deep Into Iranian Culture

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By Zaki Hasan For his feature directing debut, Rosewater, longtime Daily Show host and “most trusted newsman in America” Jon Stewart made the somewhat counter-intuitive decision to sidestep the comedy genre entirely. Instead, he chose to tell the true-life story of Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who spent 118 days in an Iranian prison following that [Read More...]

Book Review – Aisha: The Wife, the Companion, the Scholar

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By Amanda Quraishi Aisha: The Wife, the Companion, the Scholar Paperback: 220 pages Publisher: Tughra Books Aisha bint Abi Bakr remains one of the most compelling figures in Islamic history.  Not only was she one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but her contributions to Islamic scholarship and her influence on the foundation of the first [Read More...]

Being UnMosqued and Complacent is No Longer an Option

By Maha Elgenaidi I broke down in tears recently while recording an interview for the Taleef Collective, which really surprised me.  I was talking with the filmmaker Mustafa Davis about my views on the purposes of masajid in the United States and how much the experience of being a part of one was lacking in [Read More...]

Book Review – Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

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By Saadia Faruqi Are you a Muslim man with a non-Muslim wife? Or perhaps you are that rarer breed of Muslim woman who has broken with tradition and married a non-Muslim? Are you the child of an interfaith marriage? Regardless of theological implications, you may be having a difficult time managing an interfaith relationship while [Read More...]

The Case for Social Media and Hashtag Activism

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra Social Media: Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking Activism: The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. My husband is one of those individuals who have chosen a life of complete abstinence from social media. [Read More...]

Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

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By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]


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