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Anti-Muslim bigots freak out when Texas TV station warns of oncoming haboob
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By Travis Gettys (RawStory)

Texas television station KCBD kicked up a cloud of anti-Muslim bigotry Tuesday night by sharing an alert from the National Weather Service on its Facebook page.




From Moses to Moses: Traversing two Maimonides Quotes on Muslims
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March 30 marks the birthday of Moses Maimonides. As such, it seemed to be a good time to discuss two of his quotes that have been used in discussions of Islam and Islamophobia in part due to the range of views that seem to be expressed in them by the same author.




Course Conniption: Ala. Residents Throw Fit Over Arabic Language Classes In Local High School
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(Americans United)

One Alabama high school decided this year to offer an Arabic language class in place of a French course, and that has a number of local residents crying: “Sacre bleu!”




Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus
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Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and home-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to scriptural characters and storylines.




Bryan Fischer–”Allah” is an Extremely Powerful Demon God
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by Haddock

Anti-Islam and Islamophobic polemic about who or what Muslims worship has taken on many varying forms over the centuries.




Former Guantanamo inmates tell of confessions under ‘torture’
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(CNN) — “You know what this is?” Fouad Al Rabiah asked as he held up a photograph of a cell in Guantanamo. “This is my house for eight years.” The cell is small, sterile and resembles a cage. It has a hole in the floor where the toilet is.




The Word “Haboobs” Causing Chaos in Arizona?
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What is going on in Arizona? The word “Haboobs” is being criticized because it is Arabic? Ridiculous, I thought the objection might be that to some ears the word is close to a certain slang term referring to women’s breasts? That would be reason to keep the term, it would be great fodder for comedians or regular citizens playing off the term!




Army Investigation Over False Accusations Ruined Our Lives, Say Muslim Soldiers
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Five Muslims who joined the Army to work as military translators say their lives and careers were ruined after they were falsely accused of trying to poison their fellow soldiers.




Book Review: Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
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Maria Rosa Menocal published this gem of a book just before the events of September 11th, 2001, when a cadre of young Arab Muslim men driven by the politics of occupation, empire and rage combined their grievances with a religio-ideological veneer and flew out of a clear blue sky into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.




Hoda Osman: Koran By Heart on Easter Sunday
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It was a beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon in New York and time for me to head to my first Tribeca Film Festival screening: Koran By Heart. As a Muslim and an Arab I was by default attracted to the subject matter.