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Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

By Randy Kennedy While Texas may have the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States by some estimates, its public art collections have only recently begun to reflect the 14-century sweep of Islamic history. But on Friday, with the stroke of a pen — sealing a complex agreement hashed out over months — the Dallas

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

In a gorgeous series titled “The Converts,” photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to Islam. Her stunning photos reveal the faces of these new Muslims in the United States, individuals who were not born into the religion but have found the faith later in life. “The project

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,

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

By Alison Smale FRANKFURT — For the first time, German public schools are offering classes in Islam to primary school students using state-trained teachers and specially written textbooks, as officials try to better integrate the nation’s large Muslim minority and counter the growing influence of radical religious thinking. The classes offered in Hesse State are

The ‘Jewels of Islam’

The ‘Jewels of Islam’

By Cherri Gregg PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CBS) — The Jewels of Islam is an network of more than 120 women that provides support for aging women across faiths.  It is believed to be one of the only Muslim women’s outreach organizations for seniors in Pennsylvania. “Anytime a person is in need, or if a person is sick, we

Islamophobia: Surge revealed in anti-Muslim hate crimes

Islamophobia: Surge revealed in anti-Muslim hate crimes

By Tomas Jivanda Islamophobic hate crimes across Britain have risen dramatically this year, new figures have revealed. Hundreds of offences were perpetrated against the country’s Muslim population in 2013, with the Metropolitan police alone – Britain’s largest force – recording 500 Islamophobic crimes, compared with 336 incidents in 2012 and 318 in 2011. A large

Islamic Banks, Stuffed With Cash, Explore Partnerships in West

Islamic Banks, Stuffed With Cash, Explore Partnerships in West

By Nathaniel Popper A noted Muslim law scholar, Yusuf DeLorenzo, recently pored through the books of Continental Rail, a business that runs freight trains up and down the East Coast. Along with examining the company’s financial health, Mr. DeLorenzo sought to make sure that the rail cars didn’t transport pork, tobacco or alcohol. He was