Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “What’s your name?” Amal, a young Muslim-American and native Coloradan, found a platform for her voice growing up working in her family’s restaurant. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and has performed in eight countries, sharing her verse everywhere from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps. This talk was given at a TEDx event.
Islamophobia is Racism: Resource for Teaching & Learning about anti-Muslim Racism in the United States
Description: By focusing on understanding Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism, this syllabus challenges the idea that the problem is one of individual bias and that simply knowing more about Islam will necessarily lead to a decrease in anti-Muslim racism. Instead, it suggests that learning more about how structures of violence, inequality, and war have produced anti-Muslim racism and discrimination and its wide-ranging impact on everyday life is essential in order to challenge its assumptions, logics, and practices. While the readings include pieces that address recent events like the 2017 “Muslim ban” executive order, they also show that similar policies extend to both earlier moments and other communities.
A compilation of social media: Muslim scholars around the world share their feelings, tributes, condolences and reactions.
A Yearbook quote about Hijab from a teen who wears it. Humorously, she reflects her self confidence with an Islamic head covering.
Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community takes viewers into the life and struggle of Zia Rahman, a determined but ailing man, who sets out to build a mosque in his suburban community. The hour long film was broadcast on select PBS stations in 2007 and 2008.
This lesson looks at core values shared by five of the world’s major religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. At a time when religious conflict often appears to be the norm, this lesson highlights the many commonalities and shared values between faiths.
Secularism in Comparative Perspective: The Hijab as Case Study in Three Countries Using background reading about the historical experiences of Muslim women, along with press coverage about womens’ right to wear hijab in three countries (Turkey, France, and the U.S.), students explore the concept of secularism as evidenced in several distinct societies, and its relationship to religious freedom in those societies. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic.
Terrorists are not following religion. Muslims are just as much victims as others. Christianity and Islam are very similar. The article refers to a poll by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, “American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads ” at http://www.ispu.org/public-policy/american-muslim-poll/ which surveys American Muslim attitudes and demographic information.
A children’s biography of the activist.
A biography of the famous boxer.