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...]

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...]

‘Family Guy’ Skewers Islam, but Misses its Comedic Mark

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By A. David Lewis The Family Guy episode entitled “Turban Cowboy,” which aired Sunday, March 17 on FOX, had Peter becoming Muslim less as a plot line and more so as a gimmick. His latest near-death experience left Peter looking for more in his life: While recovering in the hospital from a flagpole through his [Read More...]

Lena Khan’s ‘The Tiger Hunter’ is a Muslim ‘American Graffiti’

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By Davi Barker When we talk about forgotten Islamic history, we usually look to the philosophers and physicists of the Middle Ages. But there’s plenty of interesting forgotten history as recent as the 1970s. Pakistan held its first democratic elections after independence; Iran overthrew the Shah; women strolled through Afghanistan in knee high skirts; and [Read More...]

PBS Documentary Showcases Islam’s Contribution to Civilization

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Nearly four in ten Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam and Muslims. That number has remained steady since 9-11. Several factors contribute to this negative perception, certainly none greater than Muslims – albeit a few – who commit terrorism in the name of Islam. The media exasperates this negativity, as aptly noted in Edward Said’s 1981 classic Covering [Read More...]


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