Reviews

Hollywood’s New Censors

“These are extraordinary times. Vicious colonial wars and political, economic and environmental corruption cry out for a place on the big screen. Yet, try to name one recent film that has dealt with these, honestly and powerfully, let alone satirically.. Censorship by omission is virulent…”

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February 26, 2009

Timely Reminder of How Islamic Culture Helped Europe Out of the Dark Ages

Book review: The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

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February 5, 2009

G. Willow Wilson: Novelist, Comic Book Writer

G. Willow Wilson, the first American Muslim professional comic book writer, draws on both American and Middle Eastern culture in her work, ranging from autobiographical essays to superhero sagas.

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December 31, 2008

Orange County Moms Release Book About Eid ul-Adha

IRVINE, Calif. — New children’s book authors, Amira Gadd and Mariam Saada, released their first book entitled “4-3-2-1 Eid ul-adha is so much fun!” on Nov. 20.
Gadd and Saada have written this book in hopes that it will be the first of many.

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December 24, 2008

Allah Made Me Funny — The Movie

These comedians take us on a journey in America: from growing up Muslim to marrying Muslim and living as a Muslim after 9/11.

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August 28, 2008

Prophet (s): Role Model

What Siddiqui argues is that the basis of fiqh for Muslim minorities must lie in the Meccan period of life of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and his companions, a period of around thirteen years when the Muslims were a minority and did not enjoy political domination.

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June 19, 2008

Book Review: Tarek Fatah Casting Shadows For Us to Chase

Fatah sets out with a pre-determined objective and goes about attempting to strengthen it with all and sundry references. In his obnoxious attempts to display a more-secular-than-thou attitude, the ‘iconoclast’ Tarek Fatah has turned secularism itself into an idol…

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June 12, 2008

Frank Israeli Film Examines 1982 Beirut Massacres

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A daring new animated documentary follows Israeli director Ari Folman as he tries to piece together memories of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila camps.

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May 22, 2008

Little Mosque on the Prairie Interview

Nice interview on funny Canadian show.

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May 8, 2008

On a Wing and a Prayer–An American Muslim Learns to Fly

Funny and Moving Documentary Shares the Story of a Young Man Whose Passion Pushes Him to Learn to Fly Despite Pressures from Society and His Family…

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May 8, 2008

Anti-Islam Film Falls Flat

Small protests over the controversial film have sprouted in the Muslim world but have remained nonviolent.

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April 3, 2008

New “Fitna” – Netherlands Government on Damage Control Mission

Jack Twiss stated that the Muslim population in Netherlands is almost one million in a total of sixteen million and is the third biggest religious group. Dutch people have an open society for ideas and beliefs with freedom of expression and religion as part of their constitution. “Our people restrain themselves and remind every individual that they don’t have a blank check for insult or slander,” he said.

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April 3, 2008

Top Ranking CIA Operatives: Al-Qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication

The very defining of that organization justified radical military action and reduction of civil liberties–and perhaps more importantly also helps to perpetuate the staying in power of world leaders Tony Blair and George Bush, together with the neoconservative regime in Washington…

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March 13, 2008

Muslim Superheroes

Perhaps the last concept that many people would associate with superheroes, or even with comic books for that matter, is Islam. However, a new breed of entrepreneur from Kuwait has turned the global comic book industry on its head by creating one of the first Islam-themed comic books…

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March 13, 2008

Jodhaa Akbar – Only A Movie

NEW DELHI – Controversy raised over alleged distortion of history by the Bollywood movie Jodhaa Akbar has in its own way also exposed the degree to which the film culture can be abused by non-filmi entities for their own interests.

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March 3, 2008

Russia Bans Muslim Books

Russia’s ban of readable and reliable Islamic books has infuriated the Muslim minority who denounced the move as unjustifiable.

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February 21, 2008

Amir Hamza: A Book Review

His hair raising encounters with demons, warriors, tricksters, fairies, kings, and magical creatures would give tough competition to the characters of modern day genre of fantasy writing. Emperor Akbar, at the age of 16, was so taken by the charms of the Dastan that he ordered his artists to produce an illustrated version which would eventually fill 14 enormous volumes…

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February 21, 2008

Prince Among Slaves

This is the description of a very interesting movie about an African Muslim prince enslaved during the American slave trade–the movie is set to air next month on PBS. The movie is by Alex Kronemer, the illustrious Muslim film maker who also produced the documentary Muhammad: the Legacy of a Prophet.

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January 10, 2008

TMO Interview with Author Michael Hamilton Morgan

Very interesting interview by TMO’s Houstonian Editor, Ilyas Choudry.

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August 23, 2007

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