Book "The Cartoons that Shook the World": Simple cartoons, complicated responses

By bringing out the plurality of responses from European Muslims, author Jytte Klausen, in her new book, The Cartoons that Shook the World, challenges the facile conclusion that the cartoons were “offensive” and hence merit prohibition. [Read more…]

Film "Journey to Mecca": Ibn Battuta, larger than life

The new IMAX film “Journey to Mecca” successfully captures the essence of Ibn Battuta’s travels to the holy city of Islam: a physical journey which emulates the spiritual one in search of the divine through enlightenment and knowledge. [Read more…]

Film "Inside Islam": What do a billion Muslims think?

The film Inside Islam, based on the 2008 book Who Speaks for Islam?, creates an environment where dialogue among civilisations becomes inevitable. It also prompts American audiences to reconsider their perceptions of Muslims–who are often also their neighbors [Read more…]

Book "Children of Dust": From madrasahs to middle America

By telling his own personal story, with all the painful experiences, Children of Dust author Ali Eteraz humanizes and contextualizes the otherwise one-dimensional “American Muslim” that most Americans read about but never get to know. [Read more…]

Book "Homeland Insecurity": The focal point of cross-cultural dialogue

Louise Cainkar’s new book Homeland Insecurity argues that 9/11 created an environment in which hostility toward Muslims could thrive and their political and social exclusion could be legitimated by both the government and nativist Americans. [Read more…]

Film "Bronx Princess": Rocky, the fighter

A new film, Bronx Princess, provides audiences with a fascinating and beautiful portrait of what it’s like to grapple with personal growth – to be at one moment headstrong and in the next, humbled. [Read more…]