Julie Poucher Harbin

Julie Poucher Harbin is an author at Religion News Service.

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Hollywood reworks Muslim stereotypes

By Julie Poucher Harbin — May 24, 2016
(RNS) Hollywood is slowly changing its "good Muslim, bad Muslim" paradigm, as more cultural advisers become part of the creative process.

West gathers digital arsenal against Islamic State — to what effect?

By Julie Poucher Harbin — February 10, 2016
(RNS) ISIS may be the first terrorist group to use the Internet to mobilize and recruit young people. Can taking down online accounts help win the war?

Muslim civil rights advocates see the limitations of social media activism

By Julie Poucher Harbin — December 4, 2015
(RNS) After a string of successful social media campaigns had buttressed the fledgling Muslim activist ranks, many are now seeing the medium’s limitations.

On top 500 list, US Muslim presence continues to dominate

By Julie Poucher Harbin — October 12, 2015
(RNS) Since at least 2012, the U.S. has outpaced nations with a far larger Muslim population, netting at least 40 notable people of influence on the “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”

Muslim Funny Fest: Using comedy to combat hate

By Julie Poucher Harbin — July 21, 2015
(RNS) The show aims to challenge misperceptions about Muslims and combat hate. It features 15 Muslim comedians, including more than a few familiar names on the marquee.

Are Americans ready for a Muslim president? New poll suggests maybe

By Julie Poucher Harbin — July 14, 2015
(RNS) As more Muslims enter public service sectors, Americans are more accepting of them.

At Ramadan, more companies accommodate Muslim employees

By Julie Poucher Harbin — June 19, 2015
(RNS) More companies are making efforts to accommodate the religious needs of their Muslim workers. But some businesses are going the extra mile to host events that celebrate the monthlong fast.

At Middlebury College, Muslim chaplaincy is a husband and wife affair

By Julie Poucher Harbin — June 1, 2015
(RNS) Beau Latif Scurich and his wife, Naila Baloch, are the first married couple to share a full-time Muslim chaplaincy position at a U.S. college.
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