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...]

Muslim Voices Festival: Cultural diplomacy in Brooklyn

The Muslim Voices Festival, a unique 10-day art and music festival featuring Muslim artists from around the world, brings a unique form of cultural exchange to New York City this week – starting with the celebrated Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour [Read more...]

Film "Warring Factions": A breakdancing bridge to Iran

Warring Factions a new documentary film by Justin Mashouf, explores an unusual link between American and modern Iranian culture – the underground b-boy scene. In it, we see a reminder of the human connection that is often lost in politics. [Read more...]

Movie "Waltz with Bashir": A waltz with injustice

A sobering and imaginative Israeli film Waltz with Bashir artfully documents the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres that should have left a lasting impression. Current events show how a film like this is needed. [Read more...]

Movie "Slumdog Millionaire": Hope from an unexpected place

Slumdog Millionaire, a fantasy wrapped around the brutal realities of modern day India, could make even the most curmudgeon of grinches amongst us applaud at the end. [Read more...]

Musicians "Niyaz": Nine musical heavens

Self-described as “folk music for the 21st century,” Niyaz is an exciting fusion of traditional Middle-Eastern, South Asian, and contemporary Western musical styles that redefines the world music platform and sets a new standard for global trance. [Read more...]

Movie "W.": Standing alone in the outfield

Oliver Stone’s “W.” is a rushed, but oddly poignant vision of a man overshadowed by his father and by the role he was given as President of the United States [Read more...]

Book "Jewel of Medina": There’s something about Aishah

Whatever research may have been done for “The Jewel of Medina”, the book does not appear to have benefitted from it. It is fiction in the purest sense of the term, with little or nothing of history in it. [Read more...]

Movie "Traitor": Undercover Muslim brothers

Is the Muslim lead character in Traitor the shining definitive of the moderate Muslim majority, or merely an aberration? Traitor aims for the former but unintentionally delivers the latter. [Read more...]

Book "Still Moments": Moments of clarity

Still Moments, a short memoir by Dr. Zighen Aym, thoughtfully explores the contrasts and commonalities between experiences in his native Algeria and his adopted America. [Read more...]