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Q&A: The Makers of Islamic iPhone Apps - The Bay Citizen
Q: Do you think technologies like Islamic iPhone apps are modernizing Islam?

AT: No, I wouldn’t say that. Muslims believe that Islam, as a sacred revealed knowledge, is already in a state of perfection and it is the Muslims that need to adapt to the modern world. So what we are doing is taking modern tools and giving people access to sacred knowledge. And I think a lot of Muslims in America have easy access to technology, and these things are, in some sense, adding more value to people’s day. I wouldn’t call it modernizing Islam, but I would say it’s using modern technology to connect people to Islam.
islam  iphone  technology  software  culture 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com News | Iran? The U.S. should mind its own business
Iran is not a secular nation. The majority of Iranians are deeply religious, and even though it sounds paradoxical to us, they believe in an Islamic democracy. They want most of the elements of democracy: They don't want the state to jam religion down their throats; they want a lot of freedom. But they also understand that to be guided by Islam, which is basically how they live their lives anyway, is not counter to democracy.

There's nowhere in the constitution of the Islamic Republic that says votes should be rigged if you don't like the candidate or that the president should have no power. There's nowhere it says that the people's choice does not count.

So it's entirely possible for someone like Mousavi or Rafsanjani to believe that Islam and democracy are compatible.
islam  power  middleeast  government  politics  elections  protest  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Where the prayer caller sounds a timeless note - Los Angeles Times
[...] When the last foot slides into the last sandal and the mosque empties, Abdel Fattah locks the doors, descends the steps, turns the corner and walks past vegetable bins and meat dangling on a butcher's hook. The alley fills with sound: the mattress makers beating cotton; the boys gathering tin and garbage; the broom seller, weighted down as if balancing a clutch of rifles, yelling out his prices.

Abdel Fattah will return to the mosque in a few hours, slipping back into the cool half-light, his voice lifting over rooftops.
egypt  cairo  islam  religion  africa  middleeast  music  ritual  aging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Steering Clear of Energy's Volatility - washingtonpost.com
"Amana Trust Growth (symbol: AMAGX) is the largest U.S. fund that invests according to Islamic law. The fund keeps trading to a minimum because Islamic law equates it to gambling. It has benefited from gains in some of its long-term investments, such as Apple. The fund is down 5.26 percent this year and up 15.31 percent over five years."
islam  investing  economics  religion  law  finance  apple  oil  energy  usa  stocks 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cairo Journal - With a Word, Egyptians Leave It All to Fate - NYTimes.com
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Christian or a Muslim. I’m going to take you to your house, arriving there in a decent amount of time is already a miracle. Of course I say inshallah!”
ritual  religion  egypt  islam  aesthetics  identity  christianity  language 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis
“Terrorism is really a collective decision, not an individual one. It’s about kinship and friendship.”
iraq  islam  journalism  news  politics  psychology  religion  social  terrorism  violence  men  identity  africa  morocco  spain  war  middleeast  immigration  europe 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sadr's army proves hard to beat - Los Angeles Times
"The people say: 'I trust the terrorists. I trust that when the terrorist says he will kill my family, he will do it.' But they say: 'I don't trust the American. He has been saying I will have water and sewer for two years.' "
iraq  war  terror  terrorism  religion  islam 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: For these Muslims, polygamy is an option
"Ali, realizing he's being picked on, responds with a joke that he is going to take on another wife. 'You have the computer,' says Asiila. 'That's wife No. 3.' "
marriage  love  islam  usa  relationships 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Dish: The Presser
"[T]he president conflated every single radical element in the Middle East into one amorphous anti-American entity. It appears that he sees Shiite militias, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Hamas and the Sunni insurgents as indistinguishable."
blog  blogging  blogs  iraq  news  weblogs  politics  bush  terrorism  islam  war 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Muslims assimilate better in U.S. than Europe, poll finds - International Herald Tribune
"African-American Muslims were more than three times as likely as Muslim immigrants - the largest numbers coming from Pakistan, Iran, India and Lebanon - to express dissatisfaction with national conditions."
islam  religion  polls  usa  india  iran  lebanon  pakistan  race  identity  ethnicity  immigration 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Some younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings could be justified - Los Angeles Times
"[N]ative-born African American Muslims, who make up about 20% of the Muslim community [...] are the most disillusioned [...] tending to be more skeptical of the view that hard work pays off and less satisfied with the way things are going [...]"
islam  black  race  usa  polls  religion  losangeles 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Comment is free: St George the Turkish Arab
"St George is an example of the kind of society I hope we all want - except those bigots who wear his flag but know nothing of what it means."
uk  identity  society  mideast  palestine  christianity  islam  religion 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sarfraz Manzoor on Muslim comedy tour Allah Made Me Funny | Theatre story | Guardian Unlimited Arts
"I truly believe comedy is a powerful tool and that Muslim comedians have a phenomenal opportunity to make a difference. After all, it's hard to hate somebody who is making you laugh."
comedy  islam  religion  uk  usa  theater 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Soul of Morocco - New York Times
“If people can visit a medersa and listen in several languages to discussions of Sufi poetry, calligraphy and music, they will have understood something about the soul of Islam. And the soul of Fez.”
morocco  africa  travel  islam  religion  judaism  diversity  music 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Magazines Reflect Muslims' Diversity - washingtonpost.com
"If I have an African American woman or a Pakistani woman on there without [a] hijab, it might be any Pakistani magazine or any African American magazine. But with a woman who's covered, people know instantly."
religion  fashion  islam  magazines  media  identity  usa  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Senegal's Lent fasts evoke Islam's Ramadan | In Depth | Reuters
"Even if one's family becomes Catholic, they're linked through many community connections to many, many Muslims.'
religion  ritual  relationships  christianity  islam  africa  senegal  spirituality  food 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Books | The many faces of American Muslim
"Almost 60 percent of them have college degrees, compared to 27 percent of American adults overall. The median family income among Muslims is $60,000; the national median is $50,000. Eighty percent of them are registered to vote."
islam  usa  religion  culture  demography  education  voting 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Let's Burn The Burqa : outlookindia.com
"Some 1,500 years ago, it was decided for an individual's personal reasons that women should have purdah and since then millions of Muslim women all over the world have had to suffer it."
religion  men  women  islam  india  gender  fashion  identity 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Peaceful Crusader
“Those who are confident of their faith are not threatened but enlarged by the different faiths of others. ... There are, surely, many ways of arriving at this generosity of spirit and each faith may need to find its own.”
religion  christianity  islam  peace  activism  identity  war  middleeast  mideast  history 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Africa | Libyan women consider the veil
"I respect girls who wear the cloak but it's a personal conviction. I like fashion and I don't feel that looking attractive, and wearing the veil interferes with Islam. Most young girls my age wear the veil in a trendy way."
islam  religion  libya  africa  fashion  women  public  identity  aesthetics 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve.com: Pubic Enemy by Lisa Gabriele
ALTHOUGHT AM UNLIKELY TO SEE BRITNEY PICS COMMA ARTICLE OFFERS FOOD FOR THOUGHT AFTER HAVING SEEN BABEL MOVIE LAST NIGHT STOP.
identity  women  fashion  religion  islam  gender  public  aesthetics  beauty 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Clothes Aren't the Issue
"At the sermon's end, I approached Shalash. 'This is America,' I protested. 'How can you tell men to beat their wives?' 'They should beat them lightly,' he explained. 'It's in the Koran.' "
islam  women  men  gender  violence  religion  law  power 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: "Turkish Novelist Wins Nobel Prize: Orhan Pamuk Explores How East Can Meet West" By Bob Thompson
"[...] I've accepted my body (much as I would have preferred to be more handsome and better built) and my gender (even though I still ask myself, naively, whether I might been better off had I been born a woman)."
turkey  europe  writing  fiction  nobel  novels  identity  cities  islam  men  women  gender 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WSJ: An Arab Therapist Seeks to Lift the Veil On a Touchy Subject
"No one should harbor the illusion that as long as you're keeping the issue of sex from your children they won't learn about it. They will search and move from being ignorant to learning the wrong information."
sex  islam  religion  saudiarabia  egypt  women  men  gender  gay  marriage  relationships  health  television  counseling  identity 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Ramadan, When Less Is More
"The mouth is fasting from improper speech. The ears are fasting from hearing speech that is not appropriate. Our eyes are fasting from looking at things that might arouse us even if those things are permissible under normal circumstances."
islam  religion  identity  society  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: In Recession, Palestinians Try a Cheaper Way to Wed
"The father told me he was going to marry this daughter off the same way he married off his others. These people say the dowry, its gold, is the woman's right under the Koran. But when it comes to the dinners, the parties, the salons -- this is not Islam.
islam  religion  palestine  marriage  families  women  men  power  gender  feminism  relationships  identity 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Rock Star Rattles Radical Islam
"Warriors of Love, teach the mystical science of love, for only love is the eternal truth and the shining path for all God's children everywhere in the world."
islam  indonesia  music  songwriting  rock  terrorism  religion  asian  love  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NNS: Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
It's out of respect for our family so we do it, but when I go to visit him alone, I feel he knows I'm there. That's when I think I'm actually reaching him again."
death  iran  islam  family  families  ritual  memory  food  obituaries  religion 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Coming out in Arabic
"I have forgotten my language. I don't know how to say 'to make love' in Arabic without it sounding chauvinistic, aggressive and alien to the experience."
language  aesthetics  identity  women  gender  palestine  israel  islam  middleeast  mideast  gay  sex  relationships  anonymity  activism 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: It's Muslim Boy Meets Girl, but Don't Call It Dating
“ 'Don’t talk to the Muslim girls, ever, but you are going to marry them. As for the non-Muslim girls, talk to them, but don’t ever bring one home.' ”
religion  islam  marriage  relationships  men  women  usa 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: More Muslims Arrive in U.S., After 9/11 Dip
"The rise does not reflect relaxed security measures, but a higher number of visa applications and greater efficiency in processing them, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of Homeland Security."
islam  immigration  usa  religion  education  september11  identity  culturalstudies  women 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
publish.nyc.indymedia.org | Walking from Queens to Brooklyn With My Thoughts
"Immigrant Muslims in large part have never been connected to the folk and are largely connected to corporate America and have grown-up on MTV, suburbia, mindless consumerism, and shopping and eating at chain establishments (or aspiring to)."
islam  immigration  usa  weblogs  nyc  marketing  suburbia  corporations  media  religion 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 'Murder in Amsterdam,' by Ian Buruma
"Voltaire did not risk, with his every utterance, making a billion enemies who recognized his face and could, via the Internet, share information instantaneously with people who aspired to assassinate him."
books  islam  religion  europe  netherlands  atheism  philosophy  writing 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: A Post-9/11 Identity Shift
"I have a few deferred dreams of my own, like learning to fly, or buying a rifle to go deer hunting with friends. But I can't do either of those things without worrying about being reported to authorities. Non-Muslims can do those things. We can't."
identity  islam  usa  california  aesthetics  september11  public  social  religion  losangeles  palestine  ethnicity  immigration 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Kind of blue
"I'm a Muslim, but not practising. I don't veil myself and I wear jeans. I don't think I can speak for Muslim women, but it's good to get rid of the cliches, and show that we're not all terrorists - or Rai singers."
rai  islam  women  algeria  france  songwriting  music 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A City of Many Pasts Embraces the Future
"That is what some of these new Istanbullus, the Europe-imitating ones who haunt clubs like 360, do not understand, Mr. Pamuk said. Huzun is not something to be avoided. It is one of Istanbul's great gifts to the human race."
turkey  cities  travel  europe  islam 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Bestseller in Mideast: Barbie With a Prayer Mat
"All my friends have Fulla now, but I still like Barbie the best. She has blond hair and cool clothes. Every single girl in Saudi looks like Fulla, with the dark hair and the black scarf. What's so special about that?"
toys  marketing  women  islam  families 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: With God as Their Witness
"I see these places of the Bible, and I just see violence, violence, violence, violence, violence. I don't see God in it, and I pray to Him to show me. I've been struggling with God on this trip."
religion  islam  christianity  judaism  middleeast  travel 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where the Austerity of Islam Yields to a Yen for Chic
"It is important in Islam to be elegant. In fact, being chic is a religious duty and there are many sayings from Prophet Muhammad, who encouraged his followers to look good and smell fresh."
islam  fashion  aesthetics  minimalism  men 
june 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: This Land Is Whose Land?
"He's hinting that California no longer has the entrepreneurial spirit to figure out how to invest in immigrants, including the illegal ones. He's implying that the nation is bankrupt of its most precious resource: imagination."
islam  immigration  california  latino 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Landscapes of the mind
"It would be the easiest thing in the world for me to say that I am religious, but I won't. This most personal aspect of our lives has become the tool of the government's power. The value of people is equated with their religiosity."
cinema  iran  islam  religion 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: US Latinas seek answers in Islam
"They're not gonna say, 'Hey mami, how are you?' Usually they say, 'Hello, sister.' And they don't look at you like a sex object."
islam  latino  religion  race  ethnicity 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: 'You should fear us'
"Once upon a time there was a storyteller who looked at us and - perhaps because he shared our unease - began his story like this: 'We are troubled by the abundance of rumours about where we come from, who we are, where we're going and who drew us.'"
art  islam 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Newsday: Survey finds support for restricting Muslim-Americans' freedoms
"The more attention paid to television news, the more you fear terrorism, and you are more likely to favor restrictions on civil liberties."
civilliberties  islam  media  religion  television  terrorism 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: One of the world's leading atheists now believes in God, more or less
"I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins."
atheism  christianity  islam  religion 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
SFChron: Joining Muslims in Ramadan fast, one hungry Mormon police chief
"There was a sense of amazement. That's a serious commitment. I'd heard of non-Muslims doing it for one day, but for a month?"
islam  mormon  religion  sanjose 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Traveler Loses Himself in Middle Eastern Music
"I prefer to practice the shaman trances of the Sufis than to practice the ordinary daily rituals of most people. I have another religion, music, which is my form of prayer."
islam  middleeast  mideast  music  religion  songwriting 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Distrust of Muslims Common in U.S., Poll Finds
"People younger than 45, African Americans and people with Muslim friends or colleagues generally had more favorable views about Islam than did other Americans." Hey, that's me!
demography  islam  polls  religion  usa 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: First Chapter: 'Snow'
[...] He would have called the thing he felt inside him the silence of snow.
islam  novels  turkey  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Interview: Orhan Pamuk: 'I Was Not A Political Person'
'Spiritually and morally, I am close to my central character.'
islam  novels  turkey  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 'Snow': Headscarves to Die For
I should add this to my in-flight/downtime queue
islam  novels  turkey  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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