Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

G. Willow Wilson: Diversity means being a good person of faith and a good human being

One of the most exciting comic books on the shelves right now has a very unusual hero at its center: Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim and Pakistani-American who discovers she has incredible shape-shifting abilities and who struggles with her identity on numerous levels. Her book, Ms. Marvel, is written by G. Willow Wilson, a novelist and comic book creator who converted to Islam at the age of 20 after growing up in a secular household. Wilson’s award-winning debut novel, Alif the Unseen, fused cyberpunk and Islamic mysticism, while her debut graphic novel Cairo explored the stories of six characters...

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IRC Book Review: Ms. Marvel series

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. Ms. Marvel, a MARVEL comic series by G. Willow Wilson, © 2014 – ISBN: 978-0785190219 Finding honest, authentic voices for minority superheroes (or even minority superheroes in general) can be something of a challenge in mainstream comic publishing. Those superheroes that have made it big have historically been predominantly white males. And despite what some publishers have claimed, there is a growing demand for minority...

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Airbnb to remove rental listings from illegitimate settlements in the West Bank

The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights recently reported that after years of controversy, Airbnb will remove all home-sharing lists – roughly 200 – in illegal Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank. According to a blog post, Airbnb said they have developed a five-part checklist to evaluate how it handles listing in occupied territories and based off that checklist, they “concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.” “This is an incredible victory! We’ve been working to...

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Adnan Bin-Mahfouz: Speaking the Universal Language of Food

Manifesting the belief that food is the best way to start any conversation, Adnan Bin-Mahfouz walked away from his business development career to become a chef and private business owner. His new work uses food to breakdown language barriers by bridging cultural gaps, and creating an environment for meaningful social exchanges in Milwaukee. | Q&A with Adnan Bin-Mahfouz Wisconsin Muslim Journal: Who was the most influential person during your youth, and how did that impact your life as an adult? Adnan Bin-Mahfouz: My mother was and always will be my hero. She managed to raise seven boys and go...

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A Legacy in Stone: Photos from Syria before War

“Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War” is a collection of 100 black-and-white photographs immortalizing the ancient monuments of Syria. Kevin Bubriski was on assignment in Syria in 2003, during the infancy of the U.S. war in neighboring Iraq. He was photographing the country’s ancient monuments, as well as documenting the daily lives and ordinary human stories of its citizens. Unbeknownst to him, within the decade, a war would break out in Syria, and destroy or damage much of what he had photographed. Until the Syrian civil war in 2010, the Suq in Aleppo was considered to be the longest...

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Students seek day off for 2021 Muslim holiday

Students in North Carolina’s largest public school district may get the day off for one of Islam’s most important holidays in 2021. Local media reports a Wake County calendar committee decided recently to make Eid al-Fitr a teacher work day during the 2020-2021 year. Eid al-Fitr is a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the time when Muslims fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset. The day off would apply to its first day, which falls on May 13 in 2021. This would be the first time the Muslim holiday has been discussed at Wake County...

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