‘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...]

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...]

‘Love InshAllah’ Explores the Love Lives of American Muslim Women

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By Merium Kazmi, contributor at Muslimah Media Watch “I wasted years because I didn’t think I fit into their conception of Islam or God. And I don’t. But God is greater than all that. There are as many ways to Him as there are people on the planet.” (Ayesha Mattu, “The Opening,” p. 54) For [Read More...]

TV show "All-American Muslim": An all-American reality show

“Jersey Shore” doesn’t represent Italians in NJ, “Sister Wives” doesn’t represent all Mormons, “Kate Plus Eight” doesn’t represent all families of multiples. So why would would we expect this show to represent all American Muslims? [Read more...]


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