Muslims and Islam Are NOT the Enemy of the West

An open letter to Westerners by Guest Contributor Matthew Johnson Dear Westerners: Muslims and Islam are not the enemy of the West. I wish this statement was without controversy, but with the rising tide of Islamophobia (i.e. irrational fear of Muslims) in the United States and elsewhere, it is clear that it is not. There Read more about Muslims and Islam Are NOT the Enemy of the West[…]

In Defense of Muslims AND Liberalism

by Matthew Johnson It is no secret that despite the softening of rhetoric against Muslim terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001, the so-called West and the so-called Muslim world remain locked in an eternal battle over non-negotiable values that represent the foundation of both so-called civilizations — at least this is what many are led to Read more about In Defense of Muslims AND Liberalism[…]

From Conflict Avoider to Conflict Expert

By Marianne Perez de Fransius Thinking about how I ended up as an expert in peace and conflict transformation, I realized that my time at Georgetown University was pivotal. In the spring of my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Jerusalem and then worked at the Jerusalem Post over the summer. There was hope about the Read more about From Conflict Avoider to Conflict Expert[…]

ActorCor – Harmonizing the Religious Divide

A surplus of musically talented actors combined with a desire to address increased Islamophobia in New York City leads the creation of a choir dedicated to finding the harmonies amongst Islam, Christianity and Judaism.  The primary motivation behind ActorCor and its creation in 2008 was the increasing anti-Muslim sentiment growing in the U.S. and especially Read more about ActorCor – Harmonizing the Religious Divide[…]

Jaye Starr – Using the Tenets of Islam for Peace

Jaye Starr discusses how she combines her Muslim faith with social justice, humanitarian work, theater and the circus.  Tell me how you got started. I don’t recall a point when I “got started,” but there I was greatly influenced by three books I read as a child: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Alicia: My Read more about Jaye Starr – Using the Tenets of Islam for Peace[…]

The 99 – A New Generation of Superheroes

              MUSAWWIRA – THE ORGANIZER Real Name: Abena “Liza” Dagate Home Country: Ghana Age: 18 Height: 183 cm Weight: 79 kg Eye Color: Brown Hair Color: Black Base of Operation: Himalayan Retreat Powers: Ability to intuitively organize anything, creating—forcing—order out of chaos in a wide variety of ways. RAFIE Read more about The 99 – A New Generation of Superheroes[…]