Muslim Voices in America: The Making of a Modern Music Scene

By Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University The international flow of music has also introduced Muslim musics to the American soundscape. Qawwali artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan worked on the soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ, and performed with Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam on Dead Man Walking. Bruce Springsteen, on the track “Worlds Apart,” from…

Calgary Canada: Engaging our Youth

From Almoonir Dewji’s blog The next meeting of the IFNC for this year will be hosted by Calgary’s Sikh Community on Wednesday, February 12th 2009 at the Sikh Society Gurdwara (Old Banff Coach Rd. & 81 St. SW) at 7:30pm. The issue for discussion will be “Engaging our youth” The theme for this year is:…

A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America

Professor Azim Nanji Abstract In the last half of the twentieth century, Muslim communities in North America have been increasingly recognised as an established minority rather than a ‘mere exotic presence’. Their ‘encounters’ with their host communities have been multidimensional and consist of a diverse set of experiences. This article explores three dimensions through which…

Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive

By: The Citizen Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive “This is a way for youth to help locally,” says Aga Khan Youth and Sports organization member Sophia Dayani. The group’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drive for American Red Cross held Sunday at the South Jamatkhana worship center on Flat Creek Trail just outside…

Miscellaneous and Interesting Articles

Article # 1 The secret life of a doomed hotel: remembering Islamabad’s Marriott By Mark Corcoran of ABC’s Foreign Correspondent It’s hard not to get emotional and very difficult to play the dispassionate journalist as I sit here, watching the Marriott Hotel burn on my computer screen courtesy of online news. Initial reports say rescuers…

5 million US Muslims seek voice in OIC – Interview with Sada Cumber, US special envoy to OIC

Interview with Malaysian Newspaper. America’s first ever US special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Sada Cumber, was in Kuala Lumpur recently. He talked to NISHA SABANAYAGAM about how the Muslim world has moved from an open society to a closed one. Q: You have visited many countries in recent times. What have you…

Who speaks for Islam: Part I – Gulf News

By John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed Published: September 05, 2008, 00:21 What do the world’s one billion Muslims really think? What does the silent majority of Muslims want for their lives, and in their politics? Why are the aspirations of the vast majority of Muslims in direct contrast to most of the world’s impressions of…

Calgary Canada: Bridges To a Common Future

From Almoonir Dewji’s blog You are invited to join us in building a common future founded on trust and understanding. Let’s make Calgary a city that shines with hope for future generations. Come to an evening of hospitality hosted by members of the Muslim and Christian communities in Calgary in conjunction with Initiatives of Change…

Timbuktu, Mali

Complete article at New York Times. Some more relevant and informational links below Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark a Revival The geography that has doomed Timbuktu to obscurity in the popular imagination for half a millennium was once the reason for its greatness. It was founded as a trading post by nomads in the 11th…

The modern concept of the Hospital was introduced by Muslims

The modern concept of the hospital was introduced by Muslims. The medicine of the medieval Islamic civilization was built primarily on Greek medicine, in particular the writings of Hippocrates and Galen. The most significant contribution of the Islamic civilization to medicine was the establishment of the hospital for the treatment of patients and for training…

Florida State University welcomes author and speaker Eboo Patel

Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences, the Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and the Shepard and Ruth K. Broad International Lecture Series welcomed Eboo Patel, author and activist for religious pluralism, Friday, Feb. 22 to speak to the FSU community regarding “The Faith Line: The Need for a Different Conversation on Religion.” Patel…

The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse

By Mr Farid Panjwani This is an edited version of an article which was originally published in Current Issues in Comparative Education, Teacher College, Columbia University, Vol. 7(1), online at: columbia.edu/cice/Archives. Abstract The paper assesses the dominant discourse on Islam and education that argues for an education derived from an exclusively ‘Islamic’ vision. In addition…

Sufis, Shi‘ites and Shahs: The Great Shrines of Iran 1500-1650

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), in conjunction with His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, has organized a special lecture program by Dr. Sheila Canby, Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, The British Museum, on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the MFAH’s Brown…

Diversity and Sisterhood in Islam – An imaginative example shared by Easy Nash

“Ismaili Mail contributor and Facebook aficionado Easy Nash was trolling through his friends’ facebook profiles late one frigid night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and came across a picture that jumped right out at him. Nabila Kanji, second from left in this picture, a member of Easy Nash’s extended family, and her three friends(from left to…

Approaches to the Qur’an

The Qur’an-i Sharif is the foundational text for Muslims. It has shaped Muslim consciousness over the course of centuries. For Muslims, the Qur’an is the word of God, which entered human time and history. The Noble Qur’an has guided the thought and conduct of Muslims belonging to different communities of interpretation and spiritual affiliation, from…

Calgarian hits spiritual peak – Almoonir Dewji and 37-member group of Canadians tackled Kilimanjaro to raise money for Save the Children

An excellent, heart warming story from Calgary Herald. Graeme Morton Calgary Herald Few experiences can bring you closer to God than trudging through a pitch-black night in the rarified air of Africa’s highest peak. Almoonir Dewji, vice-president of Calgary management consultant firm Callow and Associates, said summiting Mount Kilimanjaro near sunrise on Jan. 2 capped…

A Profile in Muslim Social Consciousness: The Aga Khan Development Network

The article, “A Profile in Muslim Consciousness: The Aga Khan Development Network,” is now available in the Online Analysis Section of Islamica Magazine, widely considered the foremost popular magazine in English of Muslim thought, opinion, literature, and analysis. This piece, co-written by Taufiq Rahim and Qahir Dhanani of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard…