Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Reflects on Oscar Win and What it Means for Pakistan

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By Sadia Ashraf Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar Academy Award win for Pakistan last Sunday, a first for the country, is a bittersweet victory. While the country rejoices in the worldwide recognition of an Oscar for Saving Face as a Documentary Short, the topic of the film — women who are the victims of acid burning — [Read More...]

The NYPD, ‘The Third Jihad’ and a Breakdown of Trust

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By Cyrus McGoldrick, Civil Rights Manager at the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Almost twice a week, I stand in front of a different audience — students, worshippers, activists, community leaders — and facilitate what we at CAIR-New York call a “Know Your Rights” workshop. The workshops are meant to instill [Read More...]

Blogger Yvonne Maffei: An all-American Ramadan

Food blogger Yvonne Maffei knows all about halal cuisine, which becomes an art form during the month of Ramadan. She speaks to us about the American Muslim culinary traditions that have developed over the years and what they mean during this holy month. [Read more...]

Author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin: “We don’t want to go back, we want to do things better”

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of the recently published book “Green Deen,” may be fighting an uphill battle considering the image Muslims have in the world today, but he’s convinced that there’s a better example to be made by highlighting the environmental awareness built in to the Islamic faith. [Read more...]

Entrepreneur Adnan Durrani: “Our mission is to restore the sacredness of food”

Adnan Durrani, the “Chief Halal Officer” of new food manufacturer American Halal saw a market opportunity with more discerning Muslim consumers, and his line of Saffron Road-branded halal ready meals found success in the upscale Whole Foods Market chain. We speak to him to find out why. [Read more...]

30 Mosques in 30 Days project: “We’re not historians, but these stories are important”

Two young Muslim Americans decide to sample the diversity of the Muslim American community during Ramadan, and end up with a 30-state adventure that reveals more than they expected. [Read more...]


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