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Noah Phillips

A growing list of over seventy volunteers are helping train New Yorkers to stand together and “get some courage.” Read more


A journalist and blogger who helped launch Al Jazeera America, Ali has a lot to say about the sources of creativity. Read more


Prejudice lingers, but Muslims now have deep roots in many suburban communities. Read more


Did Special Registration for Muslims make us safer? Hardly. And the negative impacts linger. Read more


Real leaders need to lead a push back against the firestorm of fear about Muslims—not fan the flames. Read more


Will the threat of Islamic fundamentalism strengthen our belief in multicultural, multiethnic societies or will it strengthen existing xenophobic forces? Read more


Three years ago on Aug. 5, a white supremacist murdered six Sikh-Americans at their Gurdwara or place of worship in Oak Creek, Wis. We need to alter our policies—and our political discourse—to make sure that such a tragedy never occurs agai... Read more

Op-Eds 1 Comments

Photo by Matt DiGirolamo Never mind the fact that Mohammod Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga shooter, was gravely mentally troubled and abused alcohol and drugs. Also never mind that, by some estimates, rightwing extremists have killed five times as... Read more

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Photo: "Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program - the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Other Officials of the P5+1 and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran and EU in Lausanne" by United States Department of State  The Iran nuclear agreement... Read more


When I heard about the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, I was curious about who would organize such a "festival." (Having organized a cartoon festival myself, I think you can hardly call a two-hour meeting a "festival," bu... Read more


The shooting at the cartoon exhibition in Texas is a new lowpoint in the U.S. culture war over Islam. Read more

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When the word “Muslim” is in the news lately, it’s often connected with the word “terrorist.” A group of experts gathered recently at the University of Wisconsin to grapple with this problem and to promote a more nuanced view. Read more

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Muslim American comics are busy dispelling the notion that Islam is no fun. Read more

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France has long outlawed certain speech it deems dangerous. Image credit: Jem Sullivan Read more

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It’s safe to say that the first two things Americans think of when they think of Muslims are violent terrorist attacks and the oppression of women. Image credit: RAWA Read more

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“It’s important for people of conscience to be critical of the ways Hollywood perpetuates war and racism, quite frankly, through film." Image credit: Ed Rampell Read more

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This is where we are today, as a country and a society.You can't even hold an Arab American film festival in Dearborn, Michigan, a center of the Arab American community in this country.The festival was supposed to run this month, but last month t... Read more


It is early morning in San Francisco and a few elderly men are walking out of one of the few mosques in the city. They look just like everyone else on the street, but their Arabic gives them away. One of the men, 63-year-old Jamal from Syria, is ... Read more


Islam and Muslim-Americans are being unfairly vilified for the Boston bombings.The suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, were allegedly impelled by a host of reasons."Religious belief does not appear to be the key personal factor," former U.S. counter... Read more

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The NYPD placed prejudicial fear in the hearts and minds of law enforcement. When police are taught to fear an entire community, they behave sloppily, ignore protocol and overreach boundaries. Read more