April 6, 2015

Alhamdulillah!  After weeks of researching, I found a book of Native-born American Muslim conversion stories.  This is just what I needed for my “Native-born American Muslim Experience” course.  So often, the experiences of NbA Muslims are mixed in with immigrant Muslim perspectives, which is fine, but it often mutes their unique and powerful platforms. It also generally results in the idea that Islam is a foreign religion for foreigners, overlooking the religion’s deep American heritages. (more…) Read more

October 26, 2014

Latino/a-American Muslims are a growing part of NbA Muslim culture.  The population is increasing through both conversion and birth, and include a variety of Latino backgrounds (i.e. Puerto Rican, Cuban, Peruvian, Dominican, Mexican, etc.).  As Latino/as influence on the American culture expands, Latino/a Muslims are becoming more significant to the American-Muslim hybrid culture. Latino/as connection to African-American communities also extend in the Islamic culture.  There is a long history of solidarity between Latino/as and African-Americans in resisting racism and oppression… Read more

October 14, 2014

I recently attended a residency for my college’s graduate students.  The residency provides an opportunity to confer about each other’s final master degree project.  It also gives graduate students a chance to discuss their research and project development with a variety of instructors. During the residency, I managed to confer with a few instructors with whom I will be working for the next few semesters.  Invariably, every one of them mentioned that they felt my final thesis was still not… Read more

October 3, 2014

Alhamdulillah, NbA Muslim Woman author Sahar Abdulaziz recently released her new children’s book “The Dino Flu”.  The book is a colorful story about a dinosaur who uses his imagination to entertain himself while sick. The book is an example of Abdulaziz’s flexibility as a writer.  Her earlier works gracefully tackled hard social issues like mood disorders, mental illness, and drug addiction.  In “The Dino Flu”, she utilizes her style to tell a story that appeals to children and adults alike…. Read more

September 26, 2014

I was recently asked by a fellow academic how did I “assimilate Western values and cultural practices into my religion” and if “there a complete disconnect” or did I “find the process mostly fluid”? Below is part of my response: (more…) Read more

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