Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Basimah Abdullah: On Faith, Race, and Education in Harambee

Clara Mohammed School, Inc. is housed on the site of Masjid Sultan Muhammad, the first mosque established in the City of Milwaukee. Basimah Abdullah has been the Principal at Clara Mohammed School for more than twenty years. The school was named after Sister Clara Mohammed, wife of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until 1975. The Nation of Islam was one of the most prominent socio-religious movements among African Americans for four decades. Sister Clara Mohammed began teaching her children at home, and that spirit of education developed into a school program as...

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IRC Book Review: Furthermore

This review was produced by Marina Zouaghi, as part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, © 2016 – ISBN: 9781101994764 A fascinating book of fiction by a Muslim author, “Furthermore” invites you into a world with sturdy eggshell homes, where paper foxes skip about, and children enjoy spirals of fried dough soaked in honey and covered in sugared rose petals. Alice Alexis Queensmeadow, a twelve-year-old fair-skinned girl with white hair, lives in an enchanted land called Ferenwood where color is...

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Study shows link between social media statements and real-world violence

A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick investigates the relationship between Donald Trump’s tweets and anti-Muslim hate crime—with sobering results for social media optimists. Social media has recently come under increasing scrutiny for, it is said, reinforcing people’s existing viewpoints in “echo chambers.” Whether it is jihadist terrorism, the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, or Brexit, Twitter and Facebook are on trial—prompting even the usually reserved Mark Zuckerberg to apologize in person for his company’s missteps in the US Congress and European Parliament. But despite the public outcry, there is surprisingly little hard evidence about the link...

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“No Muslim Ban” community forum asks what group will be racially targeted next

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and ACLU of Wisconsin hosted a “No Muslim Ban” community forum held at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee on June 29, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the travel ban created by President Trump to block Muslims from entering the country. The public discussion focused on understanding the SCOTUS ruling, its effects, and how the public could engage in the political system to affect legislative changes. Moderated by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the forum included Asma Kadri-Keeler (ACLU of Wisconsin), Tahjood Mohieldin (Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition), Jacob Robinson...

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IRC Book Review: Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality by Asli Sancar, © 2007 – ISBN: 9781597841153 They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true, then Ottoman Women by Asli Sancar must say one million. Filled with beautiful, full-color paintings, black & white and color photographs from throughout the Ottoman Empire and guided by the accounts of notable female travelers, this book addresses the...

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Muslim Americans face their Korematsu moment

There have been definitive moments in recent history that have vividly marked what it means to be Muslim in the US today. These are moments when state action, in full candor and force, reveals that the faith practiced by at least 3.5 million Americans and 1.8 billion people globally is more of a national security threat than a religion deserving of protection and respect. June 26, 2018, will forever stand as one of those moments. On that day, with a 5-to-4 vote the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on President Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban”, upholding...

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