Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Tippecanoe library branch hosts a celebration of Arabic culture

In celebration of El día de los niños, el día de los libros (Children’s Day, Book Day) and its focus on diversity, the Tippecanoe Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library hosted a free Arabic culture event for local residents. Librarians at the location had not been able to present much programing about Arabic culture, which was a population represented in the surrounding neighborhoods. They saw the children’s literature holiday as an opportunity to involve that community and engage cross-cultural learning. “It is a celebration for those who are already familiar with Arabic culture, and also as a way to...

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Authentic Syrian restaurant proposed for historic building on South side of Milwaukee

Mohammed Hani Sawah plans to renovate a 96 year old building located at 3060-62 S. 13th Street, and open a Middle Eastern deli. The new dinning spot would breath new life into the vacant building, which the City of Milwaukee has held since obtaining in 2016 through a tax foreclosure. The eatery will also bring traditional Syrian cuisine to an area already growing with a variety of food options from the Middle East. According to the city’s disposition of land report, Riham Silan will operate the restaurant, which will include a deli, coffees, and desserts. Per Muslim tradition, no...

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IRC Book Review: A Small Fortune

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. A Small Fortune by Rosie Dastgir, © 2012 – ISBN: 9781594488108 What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with some money? Would you give it to family? Which part of the family? Would you pay off your debts? One could go on for a long time questioning you on the idea of how money changes things, but let’s get right to the point...

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Moviegoers experienced cultural dialogues during the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival

The 4th Annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival finished a successful run of screenings on May 7, and brought both a cinematic and social experience to hundreds of local residents. The goal of the film festival has been to use films as a platform to hold open conversations on important matters, both locally and internationally regarding Muslims and the Islamic World. The 2018 lineup featured 7 films screened at 4 college venues, with 10 showings that each included a talkback session hosted by advocates, academics, and community leaders. The totally free two week event was attended by nearly 1500 moviegoers,...

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Film Festival Highlights and the many stories about Muslims

Milwaukee is known for its variety of ethnic events, and is one of the only cities in America to host a Muslim Film Festival. Over the past four years it has paved a way for award-winning motion pictures to be discovered by a local audience, while offering creative filmmakers the attention they deserve. The Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival ended on May 7 after a two week run of nearly a dozen screenings. The 7 films ranged from the Academy Award nominated documentary about Syria’s Civil War to a biographical comedy-drama about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her...

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Arranged: Discovering common ground for women in the value of dignity

A diverse group of five dynamic women, all from different faith and cultural backgrounds, participated in a panel discussion after the movie “Arranged” was screened at this year’s Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival on May 7. The movie told the story of arranged marriages, and focused on a Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman who were friends and first-year teachers who each prepare for the process arranged matrimony. Arranged marriage conjures up for many people the images of child marriage and forced marriage. This film refers to it as a family engagement in the process of searching for a...

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