Friday, September 25, 2020   

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Thoufeek Zakriya: Indian Calligrapher Bridges Religious Communities Through His Art
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Thoufeek Zakriya is an Indian Muslim from Cochin who does does calligraphy in a number of languages, including Arabic, Samaritan, Syriac and Sanskrit. More interestingly, he is a Muslim who does masterful Hebrew calligraphy.




Persistent Dialogue: A Tale of Two Women
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(Huffington Post)

American Muslims and Sikhs have been experiencing another uptick in aggression against them. Last week shots were fired at a Morton Grove, Ill., mosque; paintball guns left ominous paint splatters all over amosque in Oklahoma.




Muslim Americans Convene Scholars in Mauritania to Discuss Religious Minorities’ Rights
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Last week, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid and ISNA Director of Community Outreach Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi convened a small multilateral forum of scholars in Mauritania to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities around the world.




Zelenik: “15% Of Islam Is A Religion, 85% Political.”
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(newschannel5)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The question of religion is playing a major role in one of the most heated congressional primary races in the country.




A German Judge Bans Judaism, Islam
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A Cologne court has decreed that a child’s circumcision is “bodily harm” and thus verboten. Unless the German Bundestag intervenes, which it has pledged to do, about four million Muslims and 100,000-plus Jews will have to practice a central part of their religion in the catacombs of Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich.




Martha Nussbaum and the new religious intolerance
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Her latest book, The New Religious Intolerance, is a vigorous defence of the religious freedom of minorities in the face of post-9/11 Islamophobia. And by minorities she mostly means Muslims. “We see unreasoning fear driving a certain amount of public policy, perhaps more in Europe than in the US,” she explains.




Muslims and Atheists–Least Popular Presidential Choices in the USA
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PRINCETON, NJ — While more than nine in 10 Americans would vote for a presidential candidate who is black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish, significantly smaller percentages would vote for one who is an atheist (54%) or Muslim (58%).




Extremist Christians at Arab International Festival Seek to Provoke, Spread Hate
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Reading today about the behavior of the fanatical Christian missionary zealots who showed up to provoke crowds for the fourth year in a row at an Arab Internationl Festival in Dearborn, Michigan got me thinking. What was their purpose?




All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim
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American and Muslim.

To some, this might seem like the greatest oxymoron since military intelligence, or affordable housing, or…American Muslim.




Police Blotter Bob and the Banning of Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty & Love” in Malaysia
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Firstly, I want to point out that I do not support the Malaysian government’s decision to ban the Malay translation of Irshad Manji’s latest book, considering I believe in near-absolute freedom of speech.