• Doing Hajj every day

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  • Muslim Microlessons: Faith and Love in the Heart

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  • The Double Bind: Fighting Against FGM as an American Muslim Survivor

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  • MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Three Legacies

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  • MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Du’a and Yearning

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  • Inauthentic Dialogue: Hamza Yusuf, the US Department of State, and Habermasian Communicative Action Theory

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When Islam Is Not a Religion

a symposium articles

Embracing my daughter’s superpower

“Mommy, am I autistic?” It was a question I hadn’t expected as I drove with my then-13-year-old daughter on our way to a doctor’s appointment.  We’d never hidden it, but my husband and I did not want to label her at an early age with any kind of diagnosis. We…

Muslim Women Changemakers

Part 1: Forget Keto! Meet Zainab Sarwar

Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Whole30, Beans and Greens, lemon water and soup detoxes–the list goes on and on! The options are dizzying and most of us have tried one or most or all of these, with varying results. Sometimes we shed a few pounds and start to feel better, but sooner…

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Doing Hajj every day

We are on a bus in stop-and-go traffic that makes my stomach turn – we are saved from crashing into a suddenly-merging car by some miracle every three-and-a-half minutes or so. We have packed lightly. We do not have movies to watch and our cell phone internet is spotty –…

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Muslim Microlessons: God’s majesty and my nothingness

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  How do you react when someone is given more than you?  A reality difficult for…

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Muslim Microlessons: Faith and Love in the Heart

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  The contours and struggles of Iman (faith) and the contours and struggles of love find…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Three Legacies

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  We are taught that after you die, there are three things that will continue to…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Du’a and Yearning

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  We know that actions are judged by intentions. We often, however, confuse intentions with yearnings….

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When Christianity is not a religion

In May 2010, the Regional Planning Commission of Rutherford County in Tennessee approved a request for the construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). It was a straightforward request that, legally speaking, should have garnered no controversy. But in a post-9/11 context, and in light of the heated and…

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If Islam isn’t a religion, then neither is White evangelical Christianity

As a theologically conservative evangelical Christian who attends a predominantly White church, it is mind boggling to me that some in our communitywould contend that Islam is not a religion, but a political ideology undeserving of religious freedom. If there is anything that the White evangelical community should be learning during…

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