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African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

African Muslim Slaves in the Americas: An Understudied Presence

For three hundred and fifty years, Muslim men, women, and children, victims of the general insecurity that the Atlantic slave trade and the politico-religious conflicts in West Africa fostered, were sold in the New World. They were among the very first Africans to be shipped, and among the very last. When they reached the other

The Big Question

The Big Question

Dr. Laurence Brown At some point in our lives, everybody asks the big questions: “Who made us,” and “Why are we here?” So who did make us? Most of us have been brought up more on science than religion, and to believe in the Big Bang and evolution more than God. But which makes more

The Importance of Parents

The Importance of Parents

By Nageen Khan When asked about the people who taught us the most, who were there for us through hardships, who laughed with us during the good times, who put up with us on our off days, most of us think immediately of our parents. And it is true: our parents are the ones who

Islam in North America: Introduction

Islam in North America: Introduction

  Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas. Over the next few centuries, Muslim migrants from all over the world settled in the New World in

Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder Of The 99

Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder Of The 99

NPR Host Jessica Harris speaks with Naif Al-Mutawa, founder of The 99, a comic series that features superheroes based on Islamic archetypes. These comics, while not overtly alluding to Islam, aim to promote values of tolerance and peace outside of and within the Muslim world. [Listen

Organization tackles common stigmas of Islam

Organization tackles common stigmas of Islam

By Homer Segovia The Muslim Students’ Association will present “Islamophobia: Exploring the boundaries of American tolerance” Thursday to kick off the Islam Awareness Initiative, a series of events aimed at educating the public about Islam. Emily Sutcliffe of the University of Pennsylvania Law School will be the speaker at “Islamophobia” and will explore her perceptions

One in ten children under five in England and Wales is from a Muslim family, census figures show

One in ten children under five in England and Wales is from a Muslim family, census figures show

By Tomas Jivanda Nearly one in ten children under the age of five in England and Wales now comes from a Muslim family, analysis of census figures has shown. Out of 3.5 million children under five in the UK, 320,000 were identified as Muslim in the 2011 census. The findings came from a breakdown of

Taipei exhibition aims to deepen public understanding of Islam

Taipei exhibition aims to deepen public understanding of Islam

CNA An exhibition in Taipei showcasing cultural and religious objects from the Islamic world will kick off Tuesday with the aim of improving the Taiwanese public’s understanding of Islamic life and culture. The Exhibition of Islamic Life and Culture at the National Taiwan Museum will display over 200 items, including precious manuscripts of the Qur’an,

Comparative Religion

The present state of humanity should compel every thinking individual to question the direction in which the world is moving. It is a world of plenitude and scarcity, of obscene extravagance juxtaposed with abject poverty, of human and environmental exploitation, and of the individual’s search for inner peace. Religion plays an important role in filling this

Christianity

Christianity and Islam are closely related due to the chain of prophets they share as well as similarities in beliefs such as monotheism, love for Jesus, peace be upon him (pbuh), and great regard for Mary, the mother of Jesus. At the same time, the two faiths differ in matters of details. For instance, Islam