Thanks to your loyal support, Inside Islam has made it to this, our 500th blog post! Inside Islam has been funded since 2008 as part of the Social Science Research Council’s Academia in the Public Sphere program, perfectly in line with the Wisconsin Idea that drives much of the teaching and research here at the UW-Madison. As the only project funded for the duration of the Academia in the Public Sphere initiative, Inside Islam has matched the vision of linking academia, media, and the public. In addition to the blog posts and dozens of articles on our regional pages, over the last 3.5 years we’ve produced over 100 radio shows and hosted a number of events related to environmental activism, Muslim-American identity, and democracy. And thanks to your loyalty and participation, we’ve grown exponentially, nearing 10,000 twitter followers and receiving 25,000 unique readers in the month of March alone.
Our posts have covered a variety of areas such as the Prophet Muhammad, controversial topics on gender, and the most prolific artists and Islamic scholarship from around the world. And our Inside Islam followers have matched the diversity of content we cover. Readers have visited our site from over 125 countries on 6 continents, and provided us with insightful comments and suggestions on further topics we should consider.
In the face of growing ignorance and hatred toward Islam and Muslims in the years after the attacks of September 11th, the Social Science Research Council saw the need for more actively educating Americans about the diversity of Islam and Muslims around the world. It has been a challenging task, but the positive responses we continue to receive from both our readers and our funders have allowed us to create a safe and creative space for important dialogues and debates. Thanks for your continued support!
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