Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

SAFLI students from UW-Madison experience a day of language and cultural immersion

For the fourth summer now, students from the South Asia Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison visited the Islamic Resource Center for a local cultural immersion experience. The special initiative of the Boren Awards for International Study offers attendees the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and for cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. SAFLI students participated in a full-time domestic summer program offered at UW-Madison through South Asia Summer Language Institute. The students that participate in the program come from universities all over the country, specifically for...

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Maryam Al-Khawaja talks about survivor’s guilt in Marquette democracy project

Maryam Al-Khawaja is a Bahraini Human Rights Defender, works as an Advisor on Advocacy with the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and is on the Board of the International Service for Human Rights. She previously served as the Co-Director for the GCHR (2012-2017) and as the Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) (2012-2014). Al-Khawaja played an instrumental role in the democratic protests taking place in Bahrain’s Pearl Roundabout in February 2011, which triggered a government response of widespread extra judicial killings, arrests, and torture. Due to her work, she has been subjected to assault,...

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Mark Pocan among U.S. Representatives who condemn Trump’s actions against Palestinians

U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s recent actions harming the Palestinian people. “We are alarmed by the Trump Administration’s blatant attempts at exacerbating the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories. The punitive measures employed by President Trump are intended to use the Palestinian people as pawns on the negotiating table for his administration’s failed attempts to bring stability to the region. “In the last month, the Administration has slashed $25 million of US...

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on life affirming lessons in “Becoming Kareem”

Based on his NYTimes best-selling book, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in Milwaukee on September 7 for his live on-stage show at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts – Uihlein Hall, and the Wisconsin Muslim Journal caught up with him on the red carpet. Hosted by Milwaukee sportscaster Bill Michaels, the legendary NBA champion and all-time leading scorer, NYTimes best-selling author, and recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Abdul-Jabbar had a candid one-on-one discussion about how he became the man he is today, and the people and places that helped to shape his life and impact his views....

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Political Science class on terrorism prompts backlash from UW-Madison students over racism

UW student Ali Khan’s critique of class on Facebook quickly tallied hundreds of likes, comments, and shares. A University of Wisconsin student’s Facebook post criticizing a political science class on terrorism Wednesday prompted outcry from hundreds of other students who believed the class promoted a racist and narrowly-defined conception of terrorism. Ali Khan, the student in the class who posted a photo and critique of the syllabus on Facebook, quickly tallied over 300 likes and dozens of comments and shares from students both from UW and from other institutions across the U.S. The class — Political Science 347: Terrorism,...

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Zeshan B’s concert to share his new genre of music with Milwaukee

Virtuoso vocalist Zeshan B is widely being recognized as one of the most unique singers to come out of Chicago. He will be at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall for one night only on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm. Blending the hard-driving rhythms and horn heavy sounds of 60s and 70s soul with the angsty scats and vocal stylings of early Indo-Pakistani film/folk music, he has created an entirely new genre that is his very own–Brown Skinned Soul. This performance is a collaboration between the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Milwaukee Muslim...

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