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Mum and Muslim Magazine

The December 2010/January 2011 edition of Mum and Muslim magazine is now out.

I came across sister Saraa’s blog on Sisterswhoblog.

This blog is a place for parents, teachers, librarians and care givers to obtain information about:
recommendations and reviews of books and multimedia for Muslim children and young adults
the content and themes of books for Muslim children and young adults
tips and issues surrounding reading and literacy
information about children’s and young adult libraries as related to Muslims

Today’s Tomorrow is a new online Islamic Homeschool Magazine.

Who Speaks for Islam? gives the opportunity to hear rarely-heard Muslim voices, including Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the first prominent Shaykh to speak out against Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. Video pieces from the Middle East are interwoven throughout the program to give viewers a political and cultural context.

A Link TV original production that explores Islam in an age when Muslim extremists are laying claim to the religion. Veteran NPR and PBS journalist, Ray Suarez, hosts a provocative roundtable discussion with American Muslim scholars and, via satellite, Mike Scheuer (AKA “Anonymous”), author of Imperial Hubris and a former CIA expert who has followed fundamentalist Islamic movements for a decade.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Founder of the Zaytuna Institute, a center of Islamic education in California. Shaykh Hamza has an international following through his television program, Rihla (Journey) on the Middle East Broadcast Corporation (MBC) based in Dubai, UAE.

Hatem Bazian, Ph.D, is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bazian hosts Islam Today on KPFA radio and has translated multiple texts and fatwas into English.

Aminah McCloud, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Islamic World Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. She is one of ten African American professors in Islamic Studies in the United States.

Souheila Al-Jadda, a journalist and writer about Islam and the Middle East. Her articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News and the San Jose Mercury News.

Funding provided by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Ramadan Primetime explores the unique television programs that people across the Muslim world watch during the month of Ramadan, which begins this year around September 23rd. In contrast to the typical images the West has come to associate with the Middle East, this 30-minute documentary showcases the specially crafted Ramadan primetime programming shown on dozens of Arabic television channels – entertaining their audiences with a mix of drama, music, game shows, and comedy.

During Ramadan, which falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, more than a billion Muslims around the world mark their “month of blessing” with prayer, fasting and charity. Each evening at sundown, families gather to break their fasts with a lavish “Iftar” feast, followed by a large dose of bonding time, often spent in front of the television. It is in this season of high TV viewership that Arabic-language networks premiere their most exciting primetime programs – from lighthearted game shows, racy soaps and Friends-inspired comedies to religious talk shows and epics like Hoor Al Ayn (Beautiful Virgins), a 30-part miniseries that delves into a terrorist cell in Saudi Arabia.

In Ramadan Primetime, leading Muslim experts, scholars and regular viewers at home in the Middle East and the U.S. share their insights into Ramadan television, and address how this satellite programming affects and unites the global Arabic community. Link TV’s documentary gives the rest of the world a glimpse into life through Muslim eyes, illustrating what daily life is really like in the Arab world.

What do thirty nights of special TV programming tell us about the tastes, preoccupations, preferences and politics of the 280 million people in the Middle East? Tune in to this retrospective of last year’s Ramadan programs and find out. Produced for Link TV by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, whose productions have aired on PBS and The Sundance Channel.

Terror, Tribes and the Taliban

Explaining America

Battleground Lebanon

Integrating Islam

The Religious Divide Between the Muslim World and the West

Darfur: Genocide and Global Intervention

and more on

The Brass Crescent Awards, a joint project of altmuslim and City of Brass, is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir to the traditions of philosophy and learning that was once the hallmark of Islamic civilization – a heritage scarcely recognizable today in the Islamic world after a century’s ravages of colonialism, tyrants, and religious fundamentalism. We believe that Islam transcends history, and we are forging history anew for tomorrow’s Islam. These awards are a means to honor ourselves and celebrate our nascent community, and promote its growth.

The Brass Crescent Awards 2008


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