Omar Sacirbey is a Boston-based correspondent for Religion News Service and other publications.
Sikhs launch mobile app to report profiling
Sikh civil rights activists will unveil a mobile phone application next week that they say allows air travelers who believe they have been profiled by TSA airport screeners to file complaints directly from their phones. By Omar Sacirbey.
Thoughts of a Muslim 9/11 Widow on Bin LadenâÂ?Â?s Death
While helping report RNS’s story yesterday (May 2) about the appropriateness of cheering the killing of Osama Bin Laden, one of the people I called was Baraheen Ashrafi, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh whose husband Mohammad S. Chowdhury was waiter at the Windows on the World restaurant at the World Trade Center, and was killed […]
The highlight of my week had to be watching a screening of The Taqwacores, a 2010 film about Muslim punk rockers, and the 45-minute performance that followed by Sunny Ali and The Kid, who describe themselves as Philadelphia’s only Pakistani Cowboy Punk band. It was part of the Muslim Film Festival in Boston, sponsored by […]
Mandvi’s “Allah In The Family”
The antidote to American Islamophobia, Katie Couric and others have suggested, could be a television show about a typical Muslim American (or is that American Muslim?) family, moderate and happy to be in America. It would be something akin to The Cosby Show, which supposedly helped change white attitudes towards blacks. As Asif Mandvi shows […]
Chat With a Strongman’s Wife
With democratic change afoot in Tunisia and anti-government riots in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, some 20 American college students were in Syria and, among other things, wrapped with Asma al-Assad, the very accomplished wife of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. This news comes from George Mason University’s (Va.) Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, […]
The Al-Cosby Show?
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page had an interesting column this week, “It couldn’t hurt to have a Muslim ‘Cosby Show.” “It’s hard to be afraid of the people we see on TV sitcoms every week,” the Pulitzer Prize winner argued, explaining that television has the power to shape public perceptions and that something like a […]
Muslim Activist Elected to San Carlos City Council
Omar Ahmad, the former director of one of the more established Muslim activist groups in the United States, has won a city council seat in San Carlos, Calif., according to this morning’s San Mateo Daily News. Ahmad’s success raises two big questions: Will more Muslims run for office in 2008? And on what holy scripture, […]
Globe Disses “Islamofascism”
Conservatives love to use it, Muslims hate to hear it: The word is Islamofascism, a post-9/11 neologism popular with many GOP politicians to describe the Islamic-extremist threat, but challenged by Muslims as a term that smears all of them and their faith. The Boston Globe (who I occasionally freelance for) weighed in on the controversy […]
Muslims in Hollywood
In an effort to introduce more Muslims to the media, the LA-based Muslim Public Affairs Council hosted a mixer last week where Muslims thinking about media careers got to mingle with Muslim and non-Muslim media types. Many Muslim Americans have and still do view TV and Hollywood with suspicion and fear, the sources of slanted […]
Dallas Drama, Brits Get Proactive, Islam Live
A week after federal prosecutors in Dallas failed to win terrorism convictions against the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in the United States, Dallas hosted a less-dramatic but interesting courtroom battle this week. As Jeff Mosier of the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday (Oct. 30), Texas District Judge Ken Curry extended a […]