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New documentary by Muslim filmmaker explores artists in the US

AltMuslimah recently interviewed filmmaker  Usmaan Z. Chaudhry about his upcoming documentary on art and artists in the U.S and how they shape our country’s cultural identity. What is your documentary about and when will it release? Through the eyes of artists from diverse backgrounds, my documentary aims to demonstrate how…

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The Power of Story

I remember the first, bonafide adult books I read: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. They changed me irreparably and began a lifelong addiction to science fiction. Kurt Vonnegut helped me understand the trauma of war and apocalypse. Octavia Butler showed me the racial…

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Interview with Fashion Entrepreneur Amal Abuelhija

Last year Amal Abuelhija launched Amelena Designs in New Jersey, a store that presents modern fashion trends through modest clothing items. She spoke with M Sadeel Allam about her venture. M. Sadeel Allam: Tell us about yourself and your background. Amal Abuelhija: I am originally from Palestine and I moved…

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A new Muslim Renaissance is here

History is witness to a time past when the Islamic civilization produced globally unparallelled architecture, literature, science, philosophy, theological discourse, and cultural influences – influences so strong it made European nobles want to dress like Muslims. Critics of Islam and Muslims scoff at this romanticism, asserting that Muslims have not produced anything great since the Middle Ages and most likely will never again.

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The Open Easel: An interview with artist Samia Shaheen

“The Open Easel” was founded by Toronto artist, Samia Shaheen. Shaheen’s work reflects the atmosphere of the eastern and western cities she has lived in and visited. Oil, acrylic and water based media are used to capture the splendour of South Asia’s Mughal architecture and Canada’s historical monuments and vibrant landscapes.

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