Photo by Rachel Signer.

Failing to Fast

Eating my way through Ramadan in Senegal.

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I Wanna Be Like Osama b.

A clever little artifact of our depressing times: It comes from Jihad! The Musical, written by Benjamin Scheuer, who introduced himself at the Tin Anniversary Spectacular the other night.


My Mecca Is Taller than Yours

Check out these crazy photos of the Mecca Clock Royal Tower now under construction. Upon completion, this tower will be the second tallest building in the world, at around 1,900…

"GOP Bigotry" by Bob Bobster, via Flickr.

The Anti-Muslim Machine

Park51 is only the latest, and it won’t be the last.


In the Courtyard of the Beloved

In my travels through Delhi, I have passed through the area of Nizamuddin a dozen times. I have snuck in the back way to Humayan’s Tomb and run along its…

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Islam, Meet Scott Korb

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating Scott Korb’s last book, Life in Year One (don’t miss the fantastic cover on the upcoming paperback edition!), but he’s already hard…

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Judgement for Ayodhya

Today, the Allahabad High Court in Lucknow, India announced its decisions in the Babri Masjid case, the controversial site that both Muslims and Hindus lay claim to in Ayodhya. Among other…

By F. Opper in Puck, 1881.

Yes, Mr. Kristof, This Is America

Why are we so surprised by our own bigotry?

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Obama: A Really Lousy Muslim

Our very own Stephen Prothero has been sticking it to Franklin Graham on CNN, where the son of “America’s Pastor” has been on an offensive against Islam and, in the…


The Day Mumbai Unraveled

We’re pleased to share in celebrating the success of NonProphet Status’ Share Your Secular Story essay contest. This is the second of two winning essays that we’ll feature here on…

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Ground Zero for American Islam

A few weeks ago, we were all talking about race. An event—the accidental firing of Shirley Sherrod, a USDA employee—set off one of those “national conversations”:  a spurious debate driven…

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Moshpit Muslim

Last year, KtB published a piece about the power of a lapel pin by Michael Muhammad Knight. This month, in The National, Bidoun editor Michael C. Vazquez explores Knight’s work,…

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Tea Party: a Nation of Islam for White People?

Jenean McBrearty offers a response to JoAnn Wypijewski’s “Outside a Tea Party“: While in graduate school in the 1980s, I was often alone in empty halls after undergrads had left.…

"Each war is different, each war is the same," by kevindooley, via Flickr.

Vive la Différence

Stephen Prothero on why all religions aren’t, deep down, all the same.

'Fatwa on your head?' Anti-Islam ad seen on side of bus on Central Park South.

A Tale of Three Bus Ads

If he were around today, Martin Luther might very well thump his 95 Theses angrily into a blog post. Or perhaps he’d stick them on a bus. That seems to…

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Miss USA, Hyphenated

She stumbled a bit on her evening gown, but ended the night standing tall. Rima Fakih, a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant from Dearborn, MI, won the Miss USA Pageant Sunday night.…

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He’s just a “regular guy” who, like so many of us, heads off for a new, exciting life in the Big Apple. So reads the plot sketch for a cartoon…

Hayy performs surgery on the doe.

Alive, Son of Awake

Hayy Bin Yaqzan by Ibn Tufayl. In Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings, edited by Muhammad Ali Khalidi (Cambridge University Press, 2005) Fitting, I think, that what is regarded as the world’s…