Young Muslim American Voices

In this series

Attacks on Muslim American Houses of Worship on the Rise
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Attacks on Muslim American Houses of Worship on the Rise

Acts of violence against Muslim Americans and their houses of worship have increased, especially in the weeks since Ramadan began this year.

Jack Jenkins

An America for All of Us
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An America for All of Us

An interview with Mou Khan, the program and communications associate at South Asian Americans Leading Together, about their 9/11 campaign.

Eleni Towns

Sharia: What It Is and What It Isn’t
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Sharia: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Sally Steenland discusses Sharia law with Asifa Quraishi and Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy.

Sally Steenland

Targeting the Innocent
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Targeting the Innocent

Sally Steenland interviews Sameer Ahmed, an attorney, about his work showing how Muslim Americans are unfairly treated under antiterrorism policies.

Sally Steenland

Combating Islamophobia in Florida
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Combating Islamophobia in Florida

Muhammed Malik talks to Eleni Towns about his recent success defeating Florida’s anti-immigrant racial profiling bill.

Eleni Towns

Understanding Sharia Law
Muslim Americans and supporters rally in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol during Illinois Muslim Action Day in Springfield, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP/Seth Perlman)
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Understanding Sharia Law

Wajahat Ali and Matt Duss explain why Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is not the threat conservatives claim it is.

Wajahat Ali, Matthew Duss

Equal Rights for All
Azadeh Shahshahani (Marko Robinson, ACLU of Georgia volunteer)
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Equal Rights for All

Sally Steenland interviews Azadeh Shahshahani, director of the National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Sally Steenland

Setting the Record Straight on Sharia
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Setting the Record Straight on Sharia

Sally Steenland interviews Boston College Law School professor Intisar Rabb about what Sharia law is—and what it isn't.

Sally Steenland

Strengthening Our Diversity
Worshippers listen to the Khutba during Friday Prayer at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in Rosemont, Illinois. Muslim Americans are one of our most diverse and vital immigrant communities. (AP/M. Spencer Green)
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Strengthening Our Diversity

Muslim-American immigrants' work with other immigrant groups and communities will make our country stronger and more diverse, write Eleni Towns and Philippe Nassif.

Eleni Towns, Philippe Nassif

Congressional Hearings May Inflame Islamophobia
According to Rep. Peter King, 80 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by radical imams—including the Long Island mosque in his district that he regularly used to visit. (AP/Harry Hamburg)
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Congressional Hearings May Inflame Islamophobia

Scheduled House hearings on conservative charges of “radicalized Muslims” in Muslim-American mosques could inflame an already dangerous trend of Islamophobia in America.

Sally Steenland

What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet
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What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

Sally Steenland interviews Ibrahim Abdul Matin about the role faith communities can play in helping protect the planet from global warming.

Sally Steenland

Video: Turning the Negative into Positive
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Video: Turning the Negative into Positive

Asma Uddin, editor and writer for Altmuslimah.com, talks about her work examining the question of gender and Islam.

Exploring Gender and Islam
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Exploring Gender and Islam

Sally Steenland interviews Asma Uddin about the evolution of her faith, her efforts to promote interfaith dialogue around gender, and religious freedom.

Sally Steenland

Eleven Things You Need to Know About Islam in America Today
Zuleyha Ozonder, left, hands out cards explaining Islam to fairgoers as they exit the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, MN. Unfortunately, most Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam. (AP/Dawn Villella)
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Eleven Things You Need to Know About Islam in America Today

Susan Thistlethwaite and Eleni Towns provide insights into the “real Islam” from participants in CAP’s Young Muslim American Voices Project.

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Eleni Towns

Quiz: Blaming America for 9/11
Conservatives like Glenn Beck admit U.S. policies may have played a role in our being attacked on 9/11 but then label others with similar views as anti-American. (AP/Richard Drew)
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Quiz: Blaming America for 9/11

Take Sally Steenland’s quiz and see if you can match the conservative with his or her quote blaming the United States for the 9/11 attacks.

Sally Steenland, Eleni Towns

The Power of Storytelling
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The Power of Storytelling

Sally Steenland interviews Pakistani-American Wajahat Ali, the author of one of the first major plays about Muslims living in a post-9/11 America.

Sally Steenland

Video: What It Means to Be an American
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Video: What It Means to Be an American

Wajahat Ali, a author and lawyer from the Bay Area, talks about his experience after 9/11 as a Muslim American and what he learned from the experience.

The Latest Fake Fact
President Obama prays during a service at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. (AP/Nam Y. Huh)
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The Latest Fake Fact

Sally Steenland examines the dangerous game now played by conservatives peddling the lie that Obama is a Muslim and others as facts.

Sally Steenland

The Distorted Lens of Islamophobia
This building near Ground Zero in Manhattan is the proposed site of a future 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center. (AP/Mark Lennihan)
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The Distorted Lens of Islamophobia

Sally Steenland puts recent anti-Muslim ranting into perspective and encourages Americans to look at the religion based on reality, not distortion.

Sally Steenland

The Young Muslim American Voices Project
The Faith and Progressive Policy team produced “Coming of Age in a Post 9-11 World,” a video capturing our roundtable participants’ views as they define their identity, faith, and civil participation. (Center for American Progress)
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The Young Muslim American Voices Project

A fact sheet explains CAP's Young Muslim American Voices Project, which seeks to give greater visibility to young Muslim-American leaders.

Breaking Through Misconceptions and Stereotypes
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Breaking Through Misconceptions and Stereotypes

Hazami Barmada discusses the incredible diversity among Muslim and Arab Americans and how public and cultural diplomacy can help break through stereotypes.

Sally Steenland

Video: Being Who You Want to Be
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Video: Being Who You Want to Be

Hazami Barmada talks with the Young Muslim American Voices project about bring empowered and engaging with society as a young Muslim American.

On the Ground in Chicago
Rami Nashashibi is the co-founder and executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, or IMAN. (Inner-City Muslim Action Network)
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On the Ground in Chicago

Sally Steenland interviews Rami Nashashibi about his community organizing work in Chicago.

Sally Steenland

Video: Coming of Age in a Post-9/11 World
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Video: Coming of Age in a Post-9/11 World

Young Muslim-American leaders discuss their challenges and opportunities as part of CAP’s Young Muslim American Voices project.

Being Green and Muslim
Mohamad A. Chakaki is a doctoral student in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and a senior fellow at the university’s Environmental Leadership Program. (Ara Howrani)
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Being Green and Muslim

Sally Steenland interviews Mohamad Chakaki about social and environmental issues and being a Muslim American.

Sally Steenland

Video: Hugs v. Hate
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Video: Hugs v. Hate

Mohamad Chakaki, a member of CAP's Young Muslim American Voices Roundtable, talks about his environmental activism and an experience with profiling.