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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

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

By Alexandra Hartmann The minaret of the Jara Mosque in Gabes towers over its surroundings. Formed of golden brick, it jolts up from the flat, sand-colored cityscape around it, all the better to broadcast the call to prayer across the coastal city. But what’s most noticeable about the minaret is not its height or architecture,

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

By NPR Staff Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country. “I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus,” says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of

Islam, the American way

Islam, the American way

By Lee Lawrence FLINT, MICH.; AND ALEXANDRIA, VA. Listening to immigration attorney Muna Jondy talk about growing up in Flint, Mich., it’s easy to imagine her as a teenager, eyes ablaze, hands on hips, confronting her Syrian-born parents with her all-American attitude. A petite woman with a strong, expressive face, she sits cross-legged on her

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

By Ryan Schuessler The building is in a quaint neighborhood of what locals call the 500 zone — the area the city has designated as being at risk for a flood every five centuries or so. Taha Tawil had heard the warnings before, but even the historic floods of 1993 hadn’t touched the mosque. This