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…]

Movie "The Visitor": “I’ve got to put this character in a movie”

altmuslim’s Wajahat Ali interviews director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins to find out how they balanced themes from East and West in “The Visitor”. [Read more…]

Movie "Stop Loss": Men do cry

Movies like “Stop-Loss,” although not perfect by any means, can at least show a society that indeed boys – and even men – do cry, especially those serving our nation in Iraq. [Read more…]

Movie "Rendition": Nothing ordinary about “Rendition”

A new movie about the controversial practice of “extraordinary rendition” may be more educational than entertaining, but that doesn’t make it any less important [Read more…]

Book “Banat al Riyadh": The subterranean life

Is Western feminism is truly applicable to women in Muslim countries? Raja Alsanea’s book “Banat al Riyadh” (Girls of Riyadh) explores this issue through the eyes of four Saudi women. [Read more…]

Musical Composition "The Beautiful Names": A sacred triumph

Composed by a famous convert to Orthodox Christianity, inspired by a Sufi sage, and performed in a Roman Catholic cathedral, The Beautiful Names is a powerful plea for tolerance. [Read more…]

Sitcom "Aliens in America": Mad about “Aliens”

Following the lead of Canada’s Muslim-themed sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, Aliens in America stumbles awkwardly, but amusingly, to America’s screens. [Read more…]

Movie "A Mighty Heart": A nuanced, but fragile “Heart”

“A Mighty Heart,” the new film by director Michael Winterbottom starring Angelina Jolie as Marianne Pearl, is well made and well acted, but ultimately unsatisfying. [Read more…]