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An encounter of Ottoman, British and West African Muslims in 1894 by Hassam Munir

In 1894, the Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II decided to present his empire’s highest civilian order to Muhammad Shitta, a Nigerian Muslim entrepreneur from Lagos. Shitta earned the honor by sponsoring the construction of mosque in Lagos. This was a … Continue reading

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The veil in anxious times

An Australian MP’s burqa-wearing stunt this week won’t be last time this issue will come up. But under the veil of the Western preoccupation with head covering, what is this really about? This week, Australia’s far-right One Nation party leader … Continue reading

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Why Thomas Jefferson’s vision of American Islam matters today

An estimated 3.3 million American Muslims are celebrating the month of Ramadan. It was during this month that Prophet Mohammad first received revelations from God. The holiday has been celebrated at the White House with American Muslims since 1996, when … Continue reading

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No veils, no ‘abnormal’ beards: China’s first anti-extremism law targets Xinjiang

Beijing: China’s first anti-extremism law comes into effect on Saturday, enforcing bans on full-face veils and long beards in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang. Such bans had previously only been applied ad hoc. The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region sits along the … Continue reading

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40 Years On, A Controversial Film On Islam’s Origins Is Now A Classic

In 1962, a Syrian-born Hollywood filmmaker named Moustapha Akkad watched the epic film Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean. Akkad was riveted as he watched a scene in which actor Omar Sharif emerges from the sands like a wraith … Continue reading

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The Muslims Are Coming! The Muslims Are Coming! The Muslims Are Coming!

American Islamophobia is as old as Plymouth Rock. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this before. They are “terrorist savages” and “mongrels,” part of the “rubbish from the desperate and criminal populations of the Third World” who have “backfilled” … Continue reading

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Muslims Are Not Terrorists: A Factual Look at Terrorism and Islam

Every time an act of terror or shooting occurs, Muslims closely watch the news with extreme trepidation praying that the suspect is not Muslim. This is not because these terrorists are likely to be Muslim but rather because in the … Continue reading

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