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Why the Media Didn’t Publish the Muhammad Paintings at the Heart of the Hamline Controversy

Censorship and Legacy Media

The uproar about paintings of the Prophet Muhammad on campus shows legacy media need to interrogate the entrenched ideas that shape their coverage.

The Death of Syria’s Mystery Woman

Syria's Mystery Woman Dies

Unknown to the world, the Qubaysiyat boast tens of thousands of disciples within Syria, in franchises across the Middle East and as far afield as Europe and the Americas. At their center was the towering figure of al-Qubaysi, a woman as influential as she was mysterious.

Islam and the Case Against Cultural Amnesia

Islam and the Case Against Cultural Amnesia

Hamline’s firing of an instructor for showing Islamic medieval images of the Prophet Muhammad is akin to a Calvinist taking offence at an image of Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling, and the university administration siding with the Calvinist and calling the incident "anti-Christian."

Jesus’ Birth Between Islam and Christianity

Jesus’ Birth Between Islam and Christianity

The birth of Jesus of Nazareth has found veneration not just from Christians but in Islam as well. Regardless of the important differences they attribute to this event, Muslims honor Jesus’ birth almost as much as Christians themselves.

An Academic Is Fired Over a Medieval Painting of the Prophet Muhammad

An Academic Is Fired Over a Medieval Painting of the Prophet Muhammad

An instructor who showed an Islamic painting during a visual analysis was publicly impugned for hate speech and dismissed without due process. As a scholar specializing in representations of the Prophet Muhammad, it is my duty to share accurate information about the painting at the heart of the controversy.

Islam and a Fragmented Civilization

Islam and a Fragmented Civilization

“Islam” is not only a religion; it is also a cultural ethos and disposition — even a “civilization,” of which Islam the religion is only one part. People don’t necessarily need to be Muslim — devout, practicing or otherwise — to have adopted aspects of “Islamic” culture.

Muslims in the Metaverse

Muslims in the Metaverse

New digital technologies like VR, holograms and immersive museums make it possible for Muslims to go on a virtual pilgrimage (or “v-hajj”), echoing a long tradition of hajj tourism products that persist despite provoking backlash from religious authorities who wish to preserve the “authentic” pilgrimage celebration.