The Zeitoun family: “I never dreamed that someone would write a book about (our) experiences”

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, subjects of Dave Eggers’ new book Zeitoun, speak about Hurricane Katrina and Abdelrahman’s arrest, their dedication to New Orleans, and the establishment of the Zeitoun Foundation to help with the ongoing reconstruction of their city. [Read more...]

Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith: “It’s not about the American flag being waved everywhere”

For the first time, the Department of State, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has created a new position to engage with Muslim communities worldwide. Its head, State Department and National Security Council veteran Farah Pandith, speaks to us here in her first official interview. [Read more...]

Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor: “There are so many things that surprised me”

Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor gives some insight into the people at the heart of her documentary film “New Muslim Cool”, talks about avoiding the typical traps found when telling stories about Muslims, and explains how labels become meaningless for a community that increasingly blurs the lines between ethnicities, beliefs, and cultures. [Read more...]

Movie "The Mosque in Morgantown": Pushing the envelope without breaking it

Asra Nomani, deserves credit for bringing light to the issue of gender inequity in American mosques. But since there is widespread agreement among Muslim leaders for the need for change, is Nomani’s approach the best way to create it? [Read more...]

Author Reza Aslan: “We are fighting a war of the imagination”

For much of the past decade we have been fighting a “cosmic war” under the guise of a “war on terror,” according to author Reza Aslan. In it, there lies a never-ending battle between almost mythical forces of “good” and “evil,” skewing real-life history with a fantasy element with no practical resolution. [Read more...]

Assalamu Aleikum, Mr. President: The third time’s a charm

As everyday Muslim-Americans take their political destiny into their own hands, they find a degree of success that wasn’t possible with top-down organizing. [Read more...]


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