Is Living with Islamophobia the New Normal for Muslims?

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By Arzu Kaya-Uranli Honey, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it’s better if you remove these Arabic words from above your door for a while,” my 70-year-old neighbor softly advised me as she was leaving my house. I must have given her a puzzled look because she explained, “Crazy things are happening in the world, and [Read More...]

What Drives a Muslim to Leave His/Her Faith?

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Editorial Note: In recent months, we’ve seen more coverage of Islam by the Patheos Atheist channel as well as a growing spotlight on the relationship and interactions between Atheists and Muslims in wake of the Chapel Hill shootings. One of Patheos’ Atheist bloggers, Kaveh Mousavi, considers himself an ex-Muslim and writes about his conversion-to-deconversion process here. [Read More...]

#BlackLivesMatter and the Women of Malcolm X’s Legacy

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By Margari Hill Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas. This month, in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I thought of the many women who were also part of our nation’s freedom struggle. Just [Read More...]

All Signs Point to Hate Crime in Chapel Hill Murders (and Beyond)

By Sahar Aziz Not just anyone has the capacity for cold-blooded murder. The perpetrator would have to be either a malicious criminal or severely mentally ill. In the tragic murder of three Muslim students (one at UNC-Chapel Hill, two at NC State), the perpetrator was a criminal whose motives reveal a strong bias against all religions, with particular [Read More...]

Sexual Abuse Case in Elgin, Ill – Statement of Victim Support from Ulema

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Editorial Note: After an investigation lasting more than two months, the former president of the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill, Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, has been charged with criminal sexual abuse for an incident involving a 23-year-old woman, which occurred in April 2014. Saleem, 75, is in custody. The school, founded in 1989, is [Read More...]

It is Violent Extremism, Not Islamic Extremism

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By Junaid M. Afeef President Obama’s remarks at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast — particularly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are in fact betraying it — are timely if not overdue. Muslims in America, particularly youth, deserve to hear the president speaking accurately about Islam at a time [Read More...]

Chapel Hill Shootings – The Consequences of Political, Media and Societal Islamophobia

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By Sadaf Sajwani By now, most of us know that last Tuesday evening, three young Muslims were shot and killed, execution style, in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by a white male. In the immediate hours after the murders, the nation’s mass media largely ignored this horrific crime. People rushed to Twitter and [Read More...]

Can Zionists and Muslims Talk? The Reasons for MLI

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  The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives, and we welcome your comments below. By Donniel Hartman The Shalom Hartman Institute started the Muslim Leadership Initiative at the request of Imam Abdullah [Read More...]

MLI, Faithwashing and Why the Palestinian Narrative Can Never be Ignored

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The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives, and we welcome your comments below. By Deanna Othman I’ve always been a person who has prided myself on my voice as a Muslim American. [Read More...]

Forging New Muslim-Jewish Engagement: Reflections on MLI

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The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives this week, and we welcome your comments below. By Maggie Siddiqi Last year, I was feeling pretty tired of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue scene in North [Read More...]


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