Perhaps the greatest American Muslim thinker of the 20th century was Malcolm X. Even when he was with the NOI, his speeches that did not attempt to define himself negatively – i.e. against others – were brilliant. After his Hajj experience, what he offered American Muslims resonates today. His letters were almost lost, but thankfully, they were saved.
Also have to shout out 30 Days, 30 Mosques. Ramadan blogging is alive and well this year… « Talk Islam. Ramadan blogging is alive and well this year! I am doing a series called Longest Days, Shortest Month at my blog on Beliefnet, and Wajahat Ali is doing a series for Patheos called Spiritual Appetite. Also a few years ago Shahed Amanullah did a series at Beliefnet called Hungry for Ramadan. Anyone have other Ramadanblogging links to share?
So says Aziz at City of Brass.
Intersections of Gender and Sexuality: LGBT Muslims in the U.S. » Muslimah Media Watch. The chronicle of this project, detailed and explained in the report, revealed reoccurring discursive themes, the most prevalent of them being the parallels between Muslim women’s struggle for gender equality and the LGBT community’s struggle for justice and inclusion. The report affirms that Muslim women and LGBT Muslims aren’t necessarily separate categories, but distinguishes them according to how the two are framed, rather than implying that the category of “Muslim women” excludes LGBT Muslims or vice versa.