Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

What American culture can learn from Turkey’s example of welcoming the stranger and the oppressed

“In Turkey, we do not call them refugees, they are our guests!” – Turkish government official referring to the more than 2 million Syrian refugees now in Turkey This year, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) held its annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Several hundred American physicians of Syrian heritage and their families spent the end of June and the beginning of July in one of the most historic and cosmopolitan countries in the world. Several Wisconsin physicians and their families traveled to participate in the conference. Turkey has welcomed more Syrian refugees than any other country in the...

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IRC Book Review: Zillij – The Art of Moroccan Ceramics

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. Zillij: The Art of Moroccan Ceramics by John Hedgecoe nda Salma Samar Damluji, © 1992 ISBN: 1873938020 Zillij (a.k.a. zillige or zellij) is the art of creating individually chiseled geometric tiles set into a plaster base to form intricate mosaics. Traditionally, zillij tile designs repeat in a mathematically precise pattern of single shapes and elaborate rosettes. It became so visually complex and geometrically exact that...

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Report finds American Muslims are running for political office in record numbers

As many as 90 Muslim-American candidates ran for statewide or national office this election cycle, the most since at least Sept. 11, 2001, The Associated Press reported on July 16. Roughly 50 of those candidates remain after primaries, according to the AP. However, that number is higher than the roughly dozen Muslim-American candidates that campaigned in 2016. That number could still dwindle, as several Muslim-American candidates still face primary challenges in elections in Michigan and Minnesota, the news service noted. There are still nine congressional candidates up for election, according to Jetpac, a nonprofit group that helps train Muslim-American...

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Baker Al-Qudsi: The business benefits of social engagement

With a background in business development and marketing, Baker Al-Qudsi is proud to invest his time and life in the city he calls home, Milwaukee. The son of Palestinian immigrants who taught him to persevere and succeed despite obstacles and hardships, Al-Qudsi has used his experience to live the change he wants to see take place in the world, and his beloved faith community. | Q&A with Baker Al-Qudsi Wisconsin Muslim Journal: What experiences or people were most influential on your youth? Baker Al-Qudsi: There were many individuals that certainly have left life-long impressions on me, though I’m going...

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IRC Book Review: Mecca the Blessed & Medina the Radiant

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. Mecca the Blessed & Medina the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam Photographs by Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi; Essay by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, © 2013 – ISBN: 089381752x Mecca and Medina are two of the most mysterious cities to the outside world, in part because both of them are exclusively open to Muslims. Because of this, most of the outside world has never seen the wonders...

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PBS online film festival features positive Muslim women and their powerful voices

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films member stations, producers and public media partners. Starting July 16, viewers can once again watch, vote, and share their favorites. This year’s festival includes collaborations with a wide variety of public television producers. The PBS Online Film Festival has attracted more than 6 million video streams over the first six years. “Every year, PBS and its member stations challenge ourselves to elevate the breadth and depth of innovative storytelling through our work with the PBS Online Film Festival,” said Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital and Marketing...

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