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Trump and the Constitution

Trump and the Constitution – Prof. Scott Hibbard, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science. DePaul University Prof. Scott Hibbard One of the key challenges created by the 2016 election is whether the integrity of American institutions will withstand a President who is defined by a disrespect for the rule of law, a proclivity [...]

By |2019-06-13T14:49:26+00:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Comments Off on Trump and the Constitution

Ahmed, Shahab. What Is Islam: The Importance of Being Islamic

Ahmed, Shahab. What Is Islam: The Importance of Being Islamic. Princeton University Press, New York, 2016. Shahab Ahmed died in September, 2015 and this weighty text was published posthumously and is a text definitely worth diving into by those who study Islam and those who want to know something about it. The fact that he [...]

By |2019-06-13T15:05:53+00:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Scholarly Readings|Comments Off on Ahmed, Shahab. What Is Islam: The Importance of Being Islamic

Where Do We Live

David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP Images In an article posted on abcnews.go.com on June 5, 2019, Karma Allen reveals the work of a project called In Plain View. The project’s founder, Emily Baker-White, had the initiative to dig deep into Facebook through the posts of “at least 328 active-duty (police)officers (in Philadelphia) [...]

By |2019-06-09T15:09:28+00:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: Just have to Say Something|Comments Off on Where Do We Live

Everyone is African : How Science Explodes the Myth of Race

Author: Daniel J. Fairbanks Copyright @ 2015 by Daniel J. Fairbanks Published by Prometheus Books Fairbanks provides the results of scientific research in genetics which undermines the notion that there are distinct differences between the human races. “Race is an exceedingly slippery concept…while it is a biological fiction, it is nonetheless a social fact.” “Race [...]

By |2019-05-29T14:51:33+00:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Popular Readings|Comments Off on Everyone is African : How Science Explodes the Myth of Race

Born With Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

Author: Daisy Khan Copyright@ 2018 Daisy Khan Published by Random House Daisy Khan is a Muslim campaigner and reformer who is the Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality (WISE) and the founder of the Global Women’s Shura Council. Her memoir recounts her life growing up in the foothills of the [...]

By |2019-05-29T14:54:49+00:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Popular Readings|Comments Off on Born With Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

The Heritage: Black Athlete, a Divided America, and the Policies of Patriotism

Author: Howard Bryant Copyright @ 2018 Howard Bryant Published by Beacon Press Howard Bryant takes a critical look at how precarious a role that sports and politics have played for black athletes over the past century. He recounts the character assassination of Paul Robeson for being “un-American” for his commitment to the issues of black [...]

By |2019-05-29T15:01:12+00:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Popular Readings|Comments Off on The Heritage: Black Athlete, a Divided America, and the Policies of Patriotism

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Author: Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Ph.D. Copyright @ 2019 Jennifer L. Eberhardt Published by Viking Press (an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC) Jennifer Eberhardt’s researched back book focuses on how implicit bias effects practically every aspect of human intervention. This fascinating work provides stunning proof of how and why ingrained stereotypes effect our visual receptions, [...]

By |2019-05-29T15:02:54+00:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Popular Readings|Comments Off on Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

On the ‘Americanness’ of some American Muslim Organizations

Throughout the year, American Muslims have been asked to write to their legislative representatives over a host of issues – mostly relating to US involvement with Muslim governments, shari’ah law bans and incidents of masajid vandalism. American Muslims have protested in the streets of various cities over US involvement or lack of it in the [...]

By |2019-06-10T10:33:47+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Muslims in America|Comments Off on On the ‘Americanness’ of some American Muslim Organizations

Somebody did something

“Somebody did something,” are a few of the words in a talk by a congresswoman at an event given by a Muslim civil rights group. The talk itself was focused on the issues new Muslim Americans continue to face since 9/11 with intimidation, bullying, discrimination and feelings of hatred in public spaces. This was [...]

By |2019-05-31T08:31:28+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Just have to Say Something|Comments Off on Somebody did something

Scholarly Reading

The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism -- Mayanthi Fernando In 1989 three Muslim schoolgirls from a Paris suburb refused to remove their Islamic headscarves in class. The headscarf crisis signaled an Islamic revival among the children of North African immigrants; it also ignited an ongoing debate about the place of Muslims [...]

By |2019-06-04T12:48:45+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Scholarly Readings|Comments Off on Scholarly Reading