Reviews and Blog Posts: Islam

Plaza Voices: My Journey--Wearing a Hijab in America

Woman wearing a hijab.

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

“Why do you wear that thing on your head?”

I get asked this question almost every day, and a million reasons pop into my head. It’s my religion, it’s an act of worship, the hijab gets me closer to God, it’s my identity, and so forth. Yet the resonating voice, that soul-stopping and heart-pounding answer, is that my hijab is my freedom.

Relax, it's just God : how and why to talk to your kids about religion when you're not religious

by Wendy Thomas Russell

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Little Sally learns her best friend's goldfish has made a permanent move to "heaven" and questions abound. For some parents, questions about the geography of faith rank right up there with "Where do babies come from?". For other families, both questions may actually be the same discussion. Ms. Russell's book is...

Scarlett undercover

by Jennifer Latham

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17 year old Muslim American Scarlett is too smart for her own good: after graduating from high school at age 15, she started a private detective agency and has been getting into trouble (and solving cases!) ever since. Her latest case: a 9 year old girl is worried that her...

The first Muslim : the story of Muhammad

by Lesley Hazleton

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An intriguing TED talk by the author, Lesley Hazleton, led me to The First Muslim. Hazleton talked about how strange people found it that she, an agnostic Jew, was writing a biography of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Her doubt about the existence of G-d, however, helped her identify with Muhammad’s initial...

On Saudi Arabia : its people, past, religion, fault lines-- and future

by Karen Elliott House

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​Karen Elliott House, a former political reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize, reported on politics in Saudi Arabia for many years. During that time, she says, she became more and more fascinated by the "ordinary" Saudis she met ​​and by their culture. It reminded her of the conservative, Christian, Texan...


by Craig Thompson

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Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist

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