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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

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

By Craig Considine Muslims worldwide have recently joined together to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This day is an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims, such as myself – a Catholic – to reflect upon the life and legacy of the prophet of Islam. In this short essay, I want to share

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

By Perri Klass On the “Muslim Street” in the Chinese city of Xian stands a bronze tableau in honor of street food. There, on a crowded lane packed with stalls selling Islamic-Chinese cuisine — lamb dumplings, mutton soup, pancakes and mung bean noodles — tourists can pose with statues of a soup seller and his

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