Not Your Inspiration Porn – Why I Don’t Owe You My Conversion Story

The shahada in English.

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage. Read other perspectives here. By Leanne Scorzoni How did you come to Islam? When did you convert? Will you tell me your story? Mashallah, you are such an inspiration to us! There’s a term used to describe stories of people who have overcome great [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...]

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...]

Being UnMosqued and Complacent is No Longer an Option

By Maha Elgenaidi I broke down in tears recently while recording an interview for the Taleef Collective, which really surprised me.  I was talking with the filmmaker Mustafa Davis about my views on the purposes of masajid in the United States and how much the experience of being a part of one was lacking in [Read More...]

MUHSEN and ReMosque-ing Individuals and Families with Special Needs

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here. By Joohi Tahir Sure enough, they start to stare. Even more than the children, it’s the adults who are staring.  Sadly, this is a typical reaction to individuals with disabilities who “dare” to enter our [Read More...]

UnMosqued – Bringing Back Relevancy to the Mosque

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here.  By Laila Alawa I am unmosqued. The decision came after years of struggle, gendered micro-aggressions and a lack of understanding for personal authenticity on the part of mosque leadership. I had fought long and [Read More...]


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