Book "Memories of Muhammad": What would Muhammad do?

Omid Safi’s book Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters digs back into memories of Muhammad in order to revive the larger message of socially conscious action, the traditions constructed around it, and the call to embrace Islam through refined character. [Read more...]

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...]

Book "Stranger to History": An ambitious cultural journey loses its way

Aatish Taseer’s book, “Stranger to History,” covers detailed portraits of scenery from his travels in Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan, but limits encounters only with people to the devout and chauvinistic or the irreligious and resentful. [Read more...]

Book "Reflections on the Revolution in Europe": Team Islam or Team Europe?

Christopher Caldwell, in his new book “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe,” clearly thinks that Europe cannot be the same with different people in it. But in asking the question, Caldwell confuses the diversity of peoples and the diversity of values. [Read more...]

Book "Zeitoun": Surviving the storm

Dave Eggers’ new book, Zeitoun, explores the horror of post-Katrina New Orleans through eyes of an American Muslim family. The result is a compelling and often surprising account that, in spite of its subject matter, is far more “American” than “Muslim” [Read more...]