Inside Islam Coming to a Close

Regretfully, after nearly four years of operation, we will be publishing our final Inside Islam post next month. As part of its Academia in the Public Sphere initiative, the Social Science Research Council has provided us with funding for an unprecedented four consecutive cycles. Since August of 2008, we’ve published more than 500 blog posts, broadcast over 100 radio shows, and reached a following of 25,000 unique readers per month. And quite fittingly, just a few moments ago, we received our 10,000th follower on our @insideislam twitter feed.

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Happy 500th, Inside Islam!

The Inside Islam Team

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.

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Inside Islam Is Back

Charminar from the Old City, Hyderadad, India Photo: Maha Guru

After a summer hiatus (or winter, for those reading from south of the equator), Inside Islam is back online. I spent the summer in Hyderabad, India, making a film on microfinance and studying Islamic finance, and Reem was here in Wisconsin teaching Arabic. We’ve got plenty of fresh ideas for new content, but we’d also love to hear ideas from you.

What do you want to hear more about? Are there topics that we cover too frequently, or not enough? Are there any specific authors, scholars, or anyone else that you’d like to hear from?

While our blog slowed down over the summer, our radio side continued to produce interesting shows regularly. If you missed any of these, we invite you to check them out. A new Inside Islam staff member, Naya Mukherji, has joined our radio production team. You’ll definitely hear from her here on the blog as well.

Thank you to those of you who have been writing with suggestions. Please keep them coming. You can write to or tweet us @InsideIslam. And, as always, feel free to comment here on anything that piques your interest. Our readers and listeners are an integral part of Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates.


New Blogger Joins Inside Islam

My name is Colin Christopher and I’m the newest contributor to the Inside Islam project housed here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a graduate student of international public affairs, my work requires me to analyze all angles of a policy before any sound analysis can begin. While we lack policy-making capacity here on the blog, every day we’re searching for ways to bring a range of perspectives on Islam and Muslims, more accurately reflecting the differing realities of the planet’s 1.57 billion Muslims.

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The Best of Inside Islam Here on Earth

All this week Here on Earth is rebroadcasting some of the best of the Inside Islam radio series.

Listen along or stream from the archives.

Inside Islam Wins Brass Crescent Award

brasscrescentThe Inside Islam team returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to discover, much to everyone’s surprise and delight, that Inside Islam has been named one of the winners of the 2009 Brass Crescent Awards. To find ourselves in the company of influential Muslim bloggers from all over the world is thrilling, and to be recognized for a “groundbreaking effort” is a great reward, especially for those of us who plunged into this project with a lot of faith, but very little prior experience. We are humbled and honored. On behalf of our entire team, please accept our sincere gratitude.

How to Comment

Radio producers and bloggers for Inside Islam are looking for leads on guests, subjects and news about Islam and Muslim issues around the world. The blog makes it easy to share leads and talk about them with others on a global scale. Join Here on Earth producers, Inside Islam bloggers and University of Wisconsin-Madison contributers. Anyone can leave comment. Just scroll down to the bottom of a post, enter a name and email, and your comment.

What’s Inside Islam?

What do we start? The first show is this month and will be on Islam and heavy metal. The rest of the shows and the content for Inside Islam are open for discussion starting today.

We need your help to find guests, content and topics for the rest of the series and the blog.

Stay tuned. Bookmark this page or subscribe to be notified by email on the right. Introduce yourself. Email any suggestions or a link to your own blog/site to Kaitlin at