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Ramadan Around the World

Ramadan Around the World

By Michelle Locke What’s on the table for Ramadan? Plenty. If you were expecting kebabs and more kebabs, think again. Food served during the Islamic observance is as diverse as the Muslim world itself. Ramadan, which lasts one month and falls on July 20 this year, focuses on spirituality and inner reflection, with observers fasting

What’s Al-Sharia, and What’s Wrong With Sharia Law?

What’s Al-Sharia, and What’s Wrong With Sharia Law?

Dr. David Liepert Do you know the craziest thing about all the efforts some non-Muslims are undertaking to prevent Muslims from bringing Sharia Law here, to North America? Islamically, there’s actually no such thing as Sharia Law in the first place: it’s a bilingual oxymoron, incorrectly implying that something perfect can be made by men.

Islamic Art

Islamic Art

One of the first things visitors will see at the entrance to the new suite of galleries are two 15th-century examples of calligraphy from present-day Uzbekistan, from what is thought to be the world’s largest Koran. “It’s a very important thing for us to show right at the entrance, because we are the Islamic department

‘Alif the Unseen’ by G. Willow Wilson

‘Alif the Unseen’ by G. Willow Wilson

Janet Maslin In an unnamed emirate in the Persian Gulf there lives a young man with Harry Potter potential. He calls himself Alif, for the letter in the Arabic alphabet, but that’s not his real name. It’s the Internet moniker he uses for his work as a hacker, protecting his clients from censors and the secret police. Alif

Islamic State in Egypt

Islamic State in Egypt

Timothy Stanley The West is understandably nervous about the election of Mohamed Morsi. The president-elect of Egypt is taking charge of a febrile situation. The economy is contracting and human rights abuses are rampant — attacks on Coptic churches by Islamic groupshave forced an estimated 100,000 Christians to flee the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood is philosophically committed to

Getting Ready for Ramadan

Getting Ready for Ramadan

In today’s HuffPost Jummah, I would like to briefly discuss a very timely matter with you. In a few days a very special guest, a guest of God to Muslims will start. Holiest of the holy period in Islamic calendar will start with the start of the month of Rajab, followed by the month of

All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim

All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim

American and Muslim. To some, this might seem like the greatest oxymoron since military intelligence, or affordable housing, or…American Muslim. According to the essays compiled in this book, however, there at least forty-five men whose narratives prove that individuals can live and identify fully as both Muslim and American—without conflict. And apparently they’re not that

Sharia History: A Timeline of 1,400 Years of Islamic Jurisprudence

Sharia History: A Timeline of 1,400 Years of Islamic Jurisprudence

Sadakat Kadri At a time when efforts to ban sharia law have been tabled in some two dozen states, it would be interesting to know what precisely their sponsors are hoping to prohibit — because their target has a 1,400-year history that extends deep into the realms of faith. When the Quran was first enunciated

The Islamophobia Industry Strikes in Kansas

The Islamophobia Industry Strikes in Kansas

Nathan Lean Just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Republican Governor Sam Brownback had a feeling he was not in Kansas anymore. At least not the Kansas that he once knew. His Sunflower State was teeming with unfamiliar creatures and though not tin-men or scarecrows or wicked witches, they were nonetheless outsiders and were

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Barbara Bradley Hagerty As the hijackers boarded the airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, they had a lot on their minds. And if they were following instructions, one of those things was the Quran. In preparation for the suicide attack, their handlers had told them to meditate on two chapters of the Quran in which God