Why I Participated in the ‘Somewhere in America’ #Mipsterz Video

By Aminah Sheikh I went to New York, last year around May to participate in the #Mipsterz video “Somewhere in America.” I anticipated meeting some like-minded hijabis* and making new friends. I emailed my photos to Layla** and Abbas Rattani (creators of the video) like many other women. They responded to me quite quickly and [Read More…]

Interview: G. Willow Wilson On The Creation of the Newest Muslim-American Comic Superhero

Interview by Dilshad D. Ali It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s … well it’s not Superman, nor does this particular superhero fly. But with the introduction of the latest comic book superhero, Kamala Khan, we’re entering a whole new exciting world. Kamala, who is Marvel Comic’s newest superhero, is part of a growing effort [Read More…]

Telling Our Own Truths – The Forward-Moving American Muslim Narrative

By Deonna Kelli Sayed A full moon hung low one North Carolina night. Omar ibn Said was on the run from his South Carolina master, who had almost beaten him to death a month earlier. When Omar came upon a church, he whispered “Praise Allah” under his breath. He took ablutions by the well in [Read More…]

Combating Islamophobia — Breaking through the Invisibility Cloak

By Dr. Henry Millstein and Maha Elgenaidi The advent of Ramadan this year on July 9 brings to mind the ongoing hold of Islamophobic ideology on the American public. Despite years of struggle on this issue by Muslims and their allies, the most recent Pew poll of attitudes towards Muslims in May 2013 shows that 40 [Read More…]

Nine Lessons for New Converts/Reverts to Islam

So you’ve converted/reverted to Islam. What now? How co you find your place in your local Muslim communities? What happens when the high of conversion passes and you see there are all sorts of Muslims out there – good ones, bad ones, confused ones. What about Muslims who treat you like a “trophy Muslim?” What about Muslims who pressure you to marry, or change your name or the way you dress? How do you find your way and not fall into loneliness? What about your family? [Read more…]

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Islamophobia is Only One Chapter in the Muslim-Western Story

By Muqtedar Khan ISTANBUL – It concerns me that Islamophobia, an irrational fear of Islam and animosity toward Muslims, is becoming a dominant paradigm through which all Western-Muslim relations are now being explored. A conglomerate of five Universities, led by Yildiz Technical University and the municipality of Beykoz province in Istanbul Turkey, organised an international [Read More…]