Jerusalem: A Place of Connection

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, al-Quds in Arabic, is one of the most contested places on earth. The city and its significance to the three Abrahamic faiths cannot be emphasized enough. Sometimes, however, in the midst of the political battles around the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the importance of the sacred city within Islam is lost. Many people assume that only Mecca and Medina are sacred to Muslims, without realizing that they consider Jerusalem the third holiest of places. I decided to address this issue based on the news of Palestinian families being evicted in East Jerusalem. While the political element is extremely necessary to assessing the situation, I feel that there is always an assumption that Jerusalem is just a political symbol for Muslims, when in fact it is much more than that. Continue reading



Love InshAllah

What’s your image of Muslim women—repressed, oppressed, submissive? Not according to a new collection of stories about love, relationships and dating, written by Muslim-American women. Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, co-editors of Love, InshAllah, join us to talk about the secret love lives of Muslim-American women.

Regions & Themes


Lectures: Islam in Russia and the NIS

Back to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

This series of digital lectures provides an overview of Islam in the Russian Federation, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. In this series, prominent scholars of history, sociology, religious studies, and literature discuss themes such as the history of Islam in the region, how religious belief and practice survived seven decades of state-sponsored atheism during the Soviet period, and the reemergence of Islamic practice, culture, and scholarship today in Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The lectures were originally recorded in June 2008 during a three-day a workshop for middle- and high school teachers, sponsored by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Continue reading