Nur Media’s “Ask A Muslim” Series: Black Muslims Talk Islam

Finding black Muslim women in mainstream media circuits can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Most of the representations of Muslim people are confined to Arab and South Asian people, which are both the faults of mainstream producers and Muslim-owned media makers. However, it leaves other communities within the broader Muslim community to feel left out and underrepresented.So what does it mean to be a black Muslim in America? Nur Media decided to bring together black Muslims to talk … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 2, 2011

It's been a busy Eid week, readers. We're sorry to divert from the normal Friday links, but are presenting a shortened version this week. We'll be back to our regular programming next week!A Latina fights stereotypes in her own community about what happens when a woman converts to Islam: "As soon as I started wearing [the hijab] I got a lot of stares," said Fikri, 27, who was raised as a Christian in East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Houses and became a Muslim seven years ago."Even my own … [Read more...]

Judge Judy: Judy Bachrach Plays Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Some articles are fairly subtle in their Islamophobia, others less so.Judy Bachrach's article "Twice Branded: Western Women, Muslim Lands," starts off badly and then to proceeds to elicit gasps with its sheer awfulness. It even cites Not Without My Daughter as an accurate depiction of life for most Muslim women. Yes, really. The title itself states how difficult it is to be a white woman in a Muslim (read: non-white) place. Grab an onion, folks, it's time to cry for the poor white … [Read more...]

Muslim in America: The Experiment

CNN recently featured a story of a social science experiment conducted by Dr. Akbar Ahmed, professor and chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington. ...[t]he project that's been dubbed Journey into an offshoot of a 2006 endeavor that took him, and a few of those traveling with him now... into the Muslim world abroad. That initial trip involving visits to mosques, madrassas (religious schools) and private homes from Syria to Indonesia became the basis of Ahmed's … [Read more...]

Hope from Whom and for Whom? Palestine as a Muslim Cause

Israel's war on the Palestinians may be over for now, but the conflict remains. About a week and a half ago, I received an email from a wonderful organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, asking me to sign onto a letter to President Obama asking him to create a just foreign policy regarding Israel and Palestine. The title of the email was "Hope," obviously referencing President's Obama's slogan, and the artistic effects of the pictures accompanying the email mirrored Obama's now internationally … [Read more...]

Looking at Sarah from Little Mosque

The third season of Little Mosque on the Prairie has just started up, so I figured it was time to have a discussion about it. Actually, I'll be honest and admit that really, the reason I'm talking about it is that I wrote a paper on it for a class on popular culture last week, and figured I'd multi-task by tweaking the paper to post on MMW as well. But still. Although Little Mosque has been discussed on MMW a few times already, there's always lots to say..As a white Muslim woman who … [Read more...]