Category: Islam

A View From the Minaret

A day trip to Caesarea spurs memories of a childhood visit and reflections on how a disastrous past can go unseen even when it is in full view. By Linda Dittmar

The Urgency of Now

Excerpts from the introduction and four essays in One Nation, Indivisible exemplify that “in order to build together, govern together, live together, we must make the effort to know one another.” By Celene Ibrahim, Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Matthew Blair Holt, Lauren Seganos Cohen, and Nora Zaki

Eliminate the Muslim

The forces of paranoia, progress, and productivity drive the construction and surveillance of Muslim identity in narratives of postcolonial future-making. By Ahmed Ragab

Changing Hearts, Opening Minds

A grassroots movement is needed to build bridges and strengthen ties between the Muslim community and the greater public. By Haley Rodgers

The Gospel of Guantánamo

Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary recounts the worst of American torture while offering a compelling vision of faith and reconciliation. By Marisa Egerstrom

Islamic Education and the Body

Rudolph T. Ware III’s The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. By Ousmane Oumar Kane

A Muslim’s Search for Meaning

The author starts from his own narrative to explore what it means to be part of a community (ummah) that engages the Qur’an as a living text. By Zain Abdullah

Bonds, Boundaries, and Bondage of Faith

Nigerian faith traditions are stronger than ever, but divisiveness and violence have increased. The author reflects on Nigeria’s history and proposes steps to help religions assume a productive role in society. By Jacob K. Olupona

Marigolds in My Mouth

Perhaps we need to be “unhomed” from our own bodies, understandings, or languages. By Kazim Ali

Interfaith Moments

Transformative interfaith dialogue is more likely to occur when people of faith encounter one another as fellow travelers. By Jalees Rehman

Young, Hip, and Muslim

Muslim youth are taking the lead in articulating a distinctively American Islam. By Jane I. Smith