Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Fact checking reveals Wisconsin’s Ripon College was targeted by false claims over 9/11 memorial

“Unfortunately, we have a history of marginalizing minority groups in our country and creating the ‘other,’ including the original Native Americans, black Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, and now Latinx and Muslims among others. However, it has always been those that refused to cower to sinister political agendas and those that stood for what is decent and reflective of our great country who were able to keep us on track.” – Janan Najeeb Conservative news sites and pundits are falsely accusing Ripon College, a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin, of banning posters that are part of a campus...

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Mosque on Wheels: Japan prepares to welcomes Muslim visitors for 2020 Summer Olympics

As Japan prepares for 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo company creates mosque on wheels to welcome Muslim visitors. A large white-and-blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship. Welcome to the Mobile Mosque. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Muslims live in Japan. As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo sports and cultural events company has created a mosque on wheels that its head hopes will make Muslim visitors feel at home. Yasuharu Inoue, CEO of Yasu Project, said the possibility...

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Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is still the beating heart of the city and its culture

Istanbul’s historic Grand Bazaar resembles a living museum with its 557 years of history, thousands of daily visitors and shops offering both traditional and modern goods. It is not only Istanbul’s but one of Turkey’s most significant cultural and historic tourist attractions. The Grand Bazaar was built in 1461 as one of the most important projects of the Ottoman Empire’s economy following the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmed II. As a site for multidirectional and effective competition for the whole empire, the Grand Bazaar was built as a means for Sultan Mehmed II to create income to support...

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Toxic stress casts a long shadow over children from Palestine to Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition hosted a special public event on August 23, addressing the issue of childhood trauma. Three experts on the subject detailed the connections and impact that continues to affect children from Milwaukee to Palestine. Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) are scientifically known to be a serious detriment to human development. Toxic stress during formative childhood years has been shown to cause psychiatric disorders, negatively alter social behavior development, and affect the physiological development of the brain. Milad Vosgueritchian, a Christian Palestinian visiting from Palestine was the keynote speaker at the MMWC event, he shared with the...

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IRC Book Review: One Thousand Roads to Mecca

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. IRC Book Review: One Thousand Roads to Mecca by Michael Wolfe, © 1997 ISBN: 9780802135995 Mecca has been surrounded by a mystique to the uninitiated and only those adventurous writers from the West who have found a way in have written to tell the tale. Every Muslim, on the other hand, assuming (s)he is able and can afford to, is expected to make a pilgrimage...

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Muslim fashion show to explore the diversity of Islamic style

A major exhibition exploring the diverse dress codes of Muslims, and the first of its kind dedicated to displaying Islamic culture within a fashion context, is set open in San Francisco this month. From the launch of Vogue Arabia to Uniqlo and Dolce & Gabbana branching into modest fashion lines, Islamic style has become a burgeoning global market in recent years – and a profitable one, too. Figures from Thomson Reuters forecast that the global fashion spend by Muslims will reach $373bn by 2022. Focusing on – though not limited to – clothing aimed at Muslim women, Contemporary Muslim...

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