‘Family Guy’ Skewers Islam, but Misses its Comedic Mark

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By A. David Lewis The Family Guy episode entitled “Turban Cowboy,” which aired Sunday, March 17 on FOX, had Peter becoming Muslim less as a plot line and more so as a gimmick. His latest near-death experience left Peter looking for more in his life: While recovering in the hospital from a flagpole through his [Read More...]

Lena Khan’s ‘The Tiger Hunter’ is a Muslim ‘American Graffiti’


By Davi Barker When we talk about forgotten Islamic history, we usually look to the philosophers and physicists of the Middle Ages. But there’s plenty of interesting forgotten history as recent as the 1970s. Pakistan held its first democratic elections after independence; Iran overthrew the Shah; women strolled through Afghanistan in knee high skirts; and [Read More...]

PBS Documentary Showcases Islam’s Contribution to Civilization


Nearly four in ten Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam and Muslims. That number has remained steady since 9-11. Several factors contribute to this negative perception, certainly none greater than Muslims – albeit a few – who commit terrorism in the name of Islam. The media exasperates this negativity, as aptly noted in Edward Said’s 1981 classic Covering [Read More...]

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Reflects on Oscar Win and What it Means for Pakistan


By Sadia Ashraf Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar Academy Award win for Pakistan last Sunday, a first for the country, is a bittersweet victory. While the country rejoices in the worldwide recognition of an Oscar for Saving Face as a Documentary Short, the topic of the film — women who are the victims of acid burning — [Read More...]

‘Love InshAllah’ Explores the Love Lives of American Muslim Women


By Merium Kazmi, contributor at Muslimah Media Watch “I wasted years because I didn’t think I fit into their conception of Islam or God. And I don’t. But God is greater than all that. There are as many ways to Him as there are people on the planet.” (Ayesha Mattu, “The Opening,” p. 54) For [Read More...]

TV show "All-American Muslim": An all-American reality show

“Jersey Shore” doesn’t represent Italians in NJ, “Sister Wives” doesn’t represent all Mormons, “Kate Plus Eight” doesn’t represent all families of multiples. So why would would we expect this show to represent all American Muslims? [Read more...]

Movie "Fordson": New English-speaking patriots

The film “Fordson” places focus on a few high school athletes preparing for a football game, but the real narrative paints layers in the evolution and lives of this population as Americans, as Arabs, as Muslims, as people. [Read more...]

Book: "The Missing Martyrs": Why are there so few Muslim terrorists?

Charles Kurzman’s book The Missing Martyrs is an important contribution to the combating of false stereotypes, pointing to terrorism as a political rather than religious phenomenon and demonstrating the relative failure of al Qaeda ideology. [Read more...]

Books about the Muslim Brotherhood: Who’s afraid of the big bad brotherhood?

Expect instead debate about the Brotherhood to ignite in coming years as Egypt stumbles from one military tyranny to who-knows-what. This makes two recently published books on the Brotherhood especially useful. [Read more...]

Film "Mooz-lum": “Mooz-lums” have been here for a long time

The new film “Mooz-lum,” by writer/director Qasim Basir, might seem preachy at times, but the only message it seems to preach is that through embracing our common humanity, struggling through our own hopes, fears, strengths, and wounds, redemption is always possible. [Read more...]