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IRC Book Review: Black Mecca, The African Muslims of Harlem

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. Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem by Zain Abdullah, © 2010 – ISBN: 9780195314250 February was Black History Month, but those stories do not end on March 1. The month was set aside as a time to look at the African Americans who came before and recognize the contributions blacks are currently making in our society. For too long, a whitewashed history was the...

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The lasting damage and lessons from the Iraq War after 15 years

Author Javier Solana About Javier Solana was EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain. He is currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe. In the 15 years since former US President George Bush launched the Iraq War, the Middle East has been wracked by turmoil, and America’s standing as the post-Cold War era’s benevolent hegemony has been irreversibly eroded. Are US policymakers about to repeat this tragedy...

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Azmi Alaeddin: The interconnected bonds of food and family

Aladdin is a transliteration for Alāʾ Ad-Dīn, meaning “holder of the faith” and the family name of Azmi Alaeddin (Ala ed-din). For the longtime Milwaukee resident, his Palestinian ties are interwoven with his life and work, combining a deep sense of duty to the community across generations with a passion for the culinary arts. Alaeddin’s restaurant business is acknowledged to be a local success and an example for others, but at the center of all his decisions as a single parent was the wellbeing and care for his only son. | Q&A: Azmi Alaeddin WMJ: Where did you grow...

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A history of translations for Qur’ans in English

Written By Jack Miles © Link Originally published on Los Angeles Review of Books as A Roadmap to Qur’ans in English Bruce B. Lawrence, professor emeritus of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center, is the author of The Qur’an: A Biography (2006), published as part of the Atlantic Monthly Press series ‘Books That Shook the World.’ Now, as a more than welcome guide for the perplexed, comes a companion volume: The Koran in English: A Biography, in the thriving ‘Lives of Great Religious Books’ series at Princeton University Press. Lawrence makes the story of the Qur’an in English as informative...

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Muslim travelers find comfortable space for prayers in Mitchell Airport’s Meditation Room

General Mitchell International Airport opened its meditation room in November 2017 as a designated space for private contemplation, prayer, and public worship for travelers of all faiths. Along with the rise of air travel in the Twentieth Century, chapels were installed at metropolitan airports. The first in America opened its doors in Boston six decades ago, and today that number is in the hundreds around the world. The facilities serve as way-stations for fliers who face a personal loss while traveling, or just need a place to pray. “The meditation room is very important to us Muslims. It is...

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