What is Orientalism?

Orientalism is the idea that people in the West are very quick to make assumptions and judgments about Easterners when they are not able to fully understand and identify with their way of life. Due to the fact that Western scholars made assumptions about Eastern living they felt justified [...]

2018-05-31T16:47:16+00:00 May 31st, 2018|American Muslims|

Muslims in Entertainment and Anti-Intellectualism

Over the past several decades, Muslims have been portrayed as “mysterious” and "radicalized" in different platforms from news to entertainment. Political officials have used international events and organizations to highlight extremism and violence. Early examples like the Iranian hostage crisis, mujahideen, and the Gulf Wars planted misconceptions about the realities [...]

2018-05-29T15:23:47+00:00 May 29th, 2018|American Muslims, Terrorism|

Former NFL Player Husain Abdullah Talks Islamophobia & Being an American Muslim Athlete

Habeeba Husain I remember the day my family and I gathered around a screen to watch the video news report on two NFL players who took a leave from their career to perform Hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage to Makkah. I felt an immense amount of respect for Husain [...]

2018-05-21T21:05:42+00:00 May 17th, 2018|American Muslims|

Hijab-Wearing Muslim Basketball Player Takes Stand Against FIBA’s Headgear Ban for the Right to Play

Habeeba Husain I had the pleasure of speaking with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on multiple occasions over the last few years. Hailing from the birthplace of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts born to two African American Muslim reverts, Abdul-Qaadir is the youngest of eight. The game came naturally to her, and [...]

2018-05-09T18:21:45+00:00 May 9th, 2018|American Muslims, Islamophobia|
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