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Ilhan Omar named ‘American Muslim Public Servant of 2021’ by CAIR

By Joseph Hammond — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — In her acceptance speech, Omar acknowledged it had been a ‘very difficult week’ as the political feud between her and Rep. Lauren Boebert continued to draw headlines.
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Five years after his death, Leonard Cohen is more than ever a man for our times

By Marcia Pally — December 4, 2021
(RNS) — In dark times, Cohen helps us answer: How did we get here?

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz seeks to be first Muslim elected to the US Senate

By Joseph Hammond — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — Besides Sufism, the mystical Islamic sect, Oz's spiritual practices include transcendental meditation and elements of his wife's Swedenborgian tradition.

After Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic standup, here’s the apology that was missing

By Mark Silk — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Boebert refused Ilhan Omar’s request to apologize to her publicly.

Interfaith love a risk amid India’s Hindu nationalist surge

By Sheikh Saaliq — November 29, 2021
While interfaith unions between Hindus and Muslims are rare in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and other Hindu nationalists have forcefully decried what they call “love jihad.”

Omar seeks action over House colleague’s remarks on Muslims

By James Anderson — November 29, 2021
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders demanded Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert retract her comments about her recent encounter with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

‘Praying to the West’ offers look at America’s diverse Muslim communities

By Joseph Hammond — November 25, 2021
(RNS) — Omar Mouallem's new book looks at 13 mosques across North and South America and how Muslims developed their identity on the continents.

What’s on America’s Thanksgiving menu? Start with religious diversity.

By Monique Parsons — November 25, 2021
(RNS) — This year, invite your guests to share the stories of their diverse faiths.

Hope ‘renewed in a just God’: Faith leaders react to guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder

By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William ‘Roddie’ Bryan were all convicted of murder after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours.

Iraqi baby buried as death toll in EU-Belarus crisis grows

By Vanessa Gera — November 24, 2021
Poland has ordered a state of emergency along its border to stop migrants from coming through, and to keep family — or smugglers — from approaching the border to facilitate their travel further west.

UFOs and science fiction in Muslim culture goes well beyond ‘Dune’

By Joseph Hammond — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — In the Middle East, in particular, science fiction became an outlet for political criticism.

Kosovars get COVID vaccine after Friday prayer at mosques

By Associated Press — November 19, 2021
Imams around Kosovo called on the faithful to get the jab while medical teams waited in the mosques’ yards to inoculate them.

NY court expected to overturn 2 convictions in Malcolm X assassination

By Joseph Hammond — November 17, 2021
(RNS) — Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, who had long maintained their innocence, spent years in maximum security prisons with limited access to their children and families.
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