The “The Secret Life of Muslims”, a series of short films featuring a diverse set of American Muslims speaking from their own respective experiences, has been nominated for the prestigious Peabody Award. AltM’s own EIC Asma Uddin was one of the producers for this ground-breaking series, which has been featured on…Read More
“People in the West are discovering, with anxiety and fear, that sex in the Muslim world is sick, and that the disease is spreading to their own lands.” (Daoud, The Sexual Misery of the Arab World) In an era of fear and loathing, cultural difference stealthily, yet all too…Read More
Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that…Read More
When I was asked about my position on the Iraq war, I responded that I felt we were in Iraq needlessly. After an awkward silence, the inquisitor, shamefaced, admitted he had meant what I thought of the war as a Muslim, not as an American. As a Muslim? Well, my…Read More
Some time ago, I complained to a friend that there were few good children’s books on Muslims or Islamic themes. I’m an American-born Muslim woman, and I was looking for books to share with my older daughter Maryam, then three. I wanted lively, upbeat bedtime books that would introduce her to our faith and identity while emphasizing universal values.
My friend, a thoughtful educator at a local Islamic school invited me to visit the school’s library. Unfortunately, that visit largely confirmed my dismal view.