The Things We Carry in a Time of War and No Peace

Where are the grief counselors for the things we carry When the whole world is portrayed as falling apart in our religion’s name And all some people can do is politicize and police the depth of our sorrow While we struggle to stay sane? Where are the safe spaces to share the things we carry Who are [Read More…]

I am Proud to be of Christian and Muslim Heritage

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/13/14: In researching my family history, I recently learned that one set of great-great grandparents, on my mother’s side, owned land in South Carolina that has been in our family for over a century. Though I did not know it until recently, I among the heirs of this land. There is [Read More…]

Muslims in the House: A History Lesson Born from a Prayer in Congress

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/7/13 TALIB SHAREEF, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and imam of Washington, DC’s Masjid Muhammad, eloquently delivered the opening prayer during last Wednesday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives. What a refreshing sight to behold during the final few days of the blessed month of Ramadan. At one point, [Read More…]

A Reflection: Love Thy Neighbor

 Muslim History Detective’s log, 05/3/13 “History is all around us,” I once wrote, “and we are all historians.” “The creative ways we choose to preserve history can be used as a catalyst for building community across seemingly intractable divides and as a means to help us grow in our own humanity for the betterment of [Read More…]

Muslim Ghosts of the Civil War

Muslim History Detective’s log, 03/19/13 “As our nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, one group has been wholly overlooked in the modern portrayals of how America ended slavery in the 1860s. Muslims. Wait…. What? Yes, Muslims played historic roles during this critical period (and others) in American history. In the past year, [Read More…]

An American Muslim History Detective’s Vision

Muslim History Detective’s log, 10/16/2012. A wise woman once said, “Whoever tells the story writes history.” Well, I want to write history, and I want to build community through telling the stories of diverse people in America who happen to be Muslim. Several years ago, I presented on the history of Muslim women in America [Read More…]