French Muslims, Unable to Blend


Since the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January, French Muslims have faced a backlash, especially in Marseilles which has a sizable Muslim community.In an essay for the New York Times, James Estrin describes the difficulty these Muslims have blending into French society. According to Bharat Choudhary, who has studied Muslim communities in the Untied States and Europe, the dreams and aspirations of French Muslims are destroyed by a society they see as against them.He notes that "for the … [Read more...]

Suleymaniye Mosque: A 3-D Tour


Take a virtual guided tour through the fascinating Suleymaniye Mosque, built in the century  after the Ottomans came to power in 1453. The mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Süleyman known as Süleyman the Magnificent. The Sultan hired the architect, Mimar Sinan, to design the mosque in which you can see both Islamic and Byzantine influences.The tour includes several speakers who review the significant architectural details inside and outside of the mosque.The tour is part of the … [Read more...]

Are Hindus Losing their Reverence for Cows?

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Are Hindus losing their reverence for cows?  That's what Fred de Sam Lazaro suggests in this clip from PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He notes that over 40,000 cows roam the streets of Dehli and "are increasingly seen as a nuisance, clogging traffic and foraging through garbage heaps."But why are cows revered in the first place?  This is what make the clip so interesting,especially to students. De Sam Lazaro interviews a number of Hindus who explain the significance of the cow in Hi … [Read more...]

Abercrombie Headscarf Case


Can Abercrombie & Fitch deny a Muslim teenager a sales job because she wears a headscarf? Abercrombie says head-coverings of any kind would have interfered with the preppy image they wanted to portray.But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded that the company discriminated against the teenager on the basis of religion when they did not offer her an accommodation. The case is now before the Supreme Court and the justices heard oral arguments today.At stake is w … [Read more...]

Understand Israel’s 12 Tribes: Cool Infographic

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Do you understand the 12 tribes of Israel? Jeffrey Kranz, a founder of the Overview Bible Project, believes that the better we understand these tribes, the better we will understand many of the important events in Israeli history.Kranz developed  a terrific illustrated infogrpahic about the history of the tribes. You can find the infographic on the Washington Post's Faithstreet and you can download a pdf of the infographic here at the Overview Bible Project You can find other interesting … [Read more...]

Muslim Comics: Challenging Prejudice

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Here are a couple of Muslim comedians who can find humor in almost anything.The first clip below is from Maz Jobrani's comedy show  called  "Axis of Evil,"  which started in 2005.  Jobrani is an Iranian American. He's written a book called “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV” and continues to tour the country performing at comic studios.The second clip comes from a TedX talk by Ahmed Ahmed, called "When it Comes to Laughter, We Are All Alike." Ahmed is an Egyptian comic who pe … [Read more...]

Losar: Tibetan New Year

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Losar is the most important Tibetan holiday and celebrates the Tibetan New Year, which occurs in February. In the clip above, PBS Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly correspondent, Kim Lawton, observes a Queens, New York Tibetan Buddhist family celebrate the holiday with a meal and rituals of spiritual cleansing.You can find out more about the holiday from this BBC Religion site and from this site. … [Read more...]