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Alabama, You saw him before he was a star: NYU imam featured in Chelsea Clinton’s documentary

Alabama, You saw him before he was a star: NYU imam featured in Chelsea Clinton’s documentary

By Kay Campbell HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville interfaith activists: You met Imam Khalid Latif before he was a star. Now the Muslim chaplain at New York University who spoke in Huntsville, Ala., as a guest of the Interfaith Mission Service in 2009, is one of two religious leaders featured in “Of Many,” a new documentary produced by Chelsea

At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity

At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity

By Mark Oppenheimer EXETER, N.H. — “Money, prestige, success — they have become slave masters,” Milton Syed, a slight 18-year-old from the Bronx, told his audience. He was wearing a necktie with his collared shirt, as required by the dress code here at Phillips Exeter Academy, alma mater of Daniel Webster and Franklin Pierce, of Gore

Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty

Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty

By Adam Forrest The Sufra food bank, run from a small community centre on a north-west London housing estate, is in high demand. The Muslim charity’s Wednesday afternoon session sees a constant stream of people coming to claim food packages: young couples, men on their own and mothers trying to keep toddlers quiet. Ali Jawad,

Islam the opera: curtain up on Clusters of Light about life of Prophet Muhammad

Islam the opera: curtain up on Clusters of Light about life of Prophet Muhammad

By Peter Walker and Susan Schulman It was quite a challenge, even for the crack team of theatrical experts summoned from around the world: less than six months to produce a hi-tech musical extravaganza about one of the most renowned figures in human history. Oh yes, and the title character can’t appear on stage. But

Nasir al-Mulk ‘Pink Mosque’ Of Iran Is Like Stepping Into A Kaleidoscope (PHOTOS)

Nasir al-Mulk ‘Pink Mosque’ Of Iran Is Like Stepping Into A Kaleidoscope (PHOTOS)

By Yasmine Hafiz From the outside, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, seems like a fairly traditional house of worship — but it’s hiding a gorgeously colorful secret. The multitude of stained glass windows turn the inside of the mosque into a riotous wonderland of color that is absolutely breathtaking. Japanese photographer Koach was

Shedding a Light on Islamic Art’s Great Treasure

Shedding a Light on Islamic Art’s Great Treasure

By Judith H. Dobrzynski SABIHA AL KHEMIR was visiting a solar energy plant in Spain about four years ago when inspiration struck. Her host, the foundation of a Spanish company with interests in alternative energy, wanted her to conceive an Islamic art exhibition for Seville to recognize Spain’s 800-year history under Moorish rule and ideally

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

By Isma’il Kushkush SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates — WHEN Leila Aboulela arrived at the international book fair here recently, the conference room was packed to capacity with dozens of eager listeners. After she finished reading a passage from her award-winning novel, “Lyrics Alley,” the torrent of questions — some in English, others in Arabic —

An Inside View of Arab Photography

An Inside View of Arab Photography

By James Estrin Samer Mohdad was a 10-year-old boy living in the mountain village of his Druse ancestors when Lebanon’s civil war broke out in 1975. His life changed overnight: His childhood playmates were now his sworn enemies. The traumatic experience of the war, which lasted until 1990, stayed with him and, Mr. Mohdad believes, eventually

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

By Michele Moses Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there. He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

By NPR Staff Representative Keith Ellison became the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in 2006, and the first person of color elected to represent Minnesota in the national legislature. Along the way he’s confronted questions about his faith, patriotism, and even some unpaid parking tickets that nearly derailed his first campaign. He talks