Islam and the Media

What should Muslims do to improve the relationship between Islam and the media in America? In this short digital story, Kemal H. Karpat, a prominent historian, talks about informing the public about Islam and mass media in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Karpat is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is of Crimean Tatar descent. You can listen to today’s story on “Islam and the media” by clicking on the player below.


This digital story was produced by Fatima Sartbaeva and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fatima also produced Inside Islam’s first digital story entitled “The Sound and Feeling of the Koran.”

Asra Nomani: “A Bad Girl of Islam”

Upcoming Documentary A Mosque in Morgantown

Upcoming Documentary A Mosque in Morgantown

The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog recently posted video of a two-part conversation with Asra Nomani, journalist, Muslim activist, and feminist. She is also part of the upcoming documentary The Mosque In Morgantown about a Muslim community in West Virginia.

“On Faith” hosts the blog of another prominent Muslim-American voice, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel who is a regular contributor to the site. His entries can be found on “The Faith Divide.”

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Michael Muhammad Knight’s “The Taqwacores”


The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight

Identity and belonging are funny things. They never mean the same thing to everyone. Growing up as a Muslim American, I was exposed to a myriad of experiences, but I definitely cannot say I was exposed to every kind of Muslim or every interpretation of Islam. We are talking about over 1.3 billion people! What I have learned is that there are Muslims everywhere who have grown up claiming more than one identity marker and they are finding numerous ways to think about their faith, question, negotiate, and locate a space within it that they feel as their own.

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The Taqwacores Movement


A Kominas Poster at SWSC by graphic designer Toufic El Rassi

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about punk Islam in response to the LA Times’Islam, the Koran, and Lots of Questions.” Michael Muhammad Knight’s book about Muslim youth and the American punk music scene, The Taqwacores, as well as a band called The Kominas were mentioned in the last post. Today, I return to these subjects because The Taqwacores will also be the focus of the next Inside Islam radio show, airing this Thursday.

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The Sound and Feeling of the Koran

Today, we introduce a new element of Inside Islam — digital stories. These short pieces will complement our radio series and blog to help exemplify and demonstrate the diversity of the Muslim World. This first digital story was produced by Fatima Sartbaeva and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can listen to the story — “The Sound and Feeling of the Koran” — by clicking on the player following the introductory comments and acknowledgments.

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Ali Eteraz: Pakistan is Already an Islamic State

Today’s guest post is by Ali Eteraz. Eteraz was an Outstanding Scholar at the U.S. Department of Justice and later worked in corporate litigation in Manhattan. He is a contributor to Pakistan’s Daily Times and Dawn newspapers and the author of the forthcoming prose work, Children of Dust. This article was originally published in Dissent Magazine and posted here with the author’s permission.

A recent sharia-for-peace deal between militant groups and the civilian government in Pakistan’s quasi-autonomous Swat region has ignited interest in the status of Islamic law in Pakistan. The U.S. State Department, concerned about terrorist safe-havens, called the deal a “negative development.” Meanwhile, Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek, trying to look at the bright side of things, argued that the deal might drive a wedge between “violent” radicals and those that are “merely extreme.”

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Reza Aslan: Losing the ‘war on terror’

Reza Aslan

Dr. Reza Aslan joins us today on Inside Islam.

Today’s guest post is from Daily Beast blogger and author of How to Win A Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the War on Terror Reza Aslan. If you’d like to learn more about his new book, see the interview posted today by Editor-and-Chief of  altmuslim Shahed Amanullah. Later this month, Dr. Aslan will return as a guest on Inside Islam’s radio series to be interviewed by host Jean Feraca. Feel free to comment at the end of today’s guest post, or send us an email with your thoughts for Reza before the radio broadcast on May 13 (3 pm CT). Jean may read your comments on the air.

Dr. Aslan’s earlier appearances on Inside Islam are available through the links below, followed by his guest post.

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