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Muslim women more likely than men to experience Islamophobia, survey finds

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2021
(RNS) — A total of 1,123 Muslims in the US participated in the 2020 survey that was conducted between Oct. 14 and Nov. 2.

From hajj to Italian Jews: Egypt’s national dish has a mixed heritage

By Joseph Hammond — September 27, 2021
(RNS) — Unlike the national dish of other nations, the origins of Koshari are much disputed, and it may have come to Egypt by way of religious minorities.

Illinois passes legislation to allow student athletes to wear hijab without waivers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — The Inclusive Athletic Attire Act allows all student athletes to modify their uniforms in keeping with their religion, culture or personal preferences for modesty.

Ken Burns portrays the multitudes of Muhammad Ali

By Eboo Patel — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — A new PBS documentary shows how religion can be a machinery for improvement.

Muslim groups boycott Hilton over bulldozed Xinjiang mosque

By Joseph Hammond — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘They decided to put profit over values, they decided to put their own bottom line over human rights and values,’ said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

‘King of the World’ podcast examines good and bad of Muslim American life after 9/11

By Joseph Hammond — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — The show is aimed at Muslims who were in their early 20s and late teens in 2001 and suddenly found their Islamic identity thrust upon them by the attention paid to Muslims after the attacks.

Trump is gone, but Muslim federal workers say reforms are still needed

By Joseph Hammond — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Muslim Americans in Public Service has published a set of 12 recommendations to improve working conditions for Muslims in public service.

Balbir Singh Sodhi, early victim of 9/11 hate, honored on 20th anniversary of his death

By Alejandra Molina — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Balbir Uncle’s story could have ended here,’ said activist Valarie Kaur, ‘but this was not the end of his story. His death was a beginning because of how he lived.’

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities

By Kathy Gannon — September 13, 2021
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday.

New York pilgrimage celebrates interfaith solidarity in lead-up to 9/11 anniversary

By Renée Roden — September 10, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — To be a New Yorker is an interfaith state of mind, according to many of the speakers at the interfaith prayer walk Thursday night (Sept. 9).

9/11 and Muslims’ mental health

By Dalia Mogahed — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — A new study suggests that US Muslims are twice as likely as other faith groups to have attempted suicide.

‘The story is still unfolding’: 10 Americans on how 9/11 changed their faith lives

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — The Sept. 11 attacks changed many Americans’ faith communities and spiritual lives as much as it did how we see our world and one another.

America and US Muslims have come a long way since 9/11. We have a long way to go.

By Omid Safi — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Whereas many immigrant U.S. Muslims once sought to assimilate into the larger mosaic of American life, with 9/11, the focus has now shifted into forming a ‘more perfect union’ based on justice for all.

The painting behind Taliban fighters in Kabul presidential palace is worth a thousand words

By Menachem Wecker — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — The scene depicted in the enormous painting represents something of a mixed symbolic bag for the Taliban foot soldiers posed before it.
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