Summaries and proceedings of a conference. Download the report here.
Oh so many moons ago, I read a post on Dove’s Eye View on a new series of comic books coming out Egypt. There are more details on her site, but the salient point is that the author/illustrator has Muslims fighting for the City of All Faiths; religious harmony is still an aspiration in the Arab Middle East. He grew up reading DC comics, and my personal take is that Marvel was always better at allegory and moral ambiguity (see, for example, these descriptions of the X-Men graphic novel, “God Love, Man Kills”), and DC better at black/white, right/wrong stories.…
A friend recently went to Turkey and the tour guide started explaining Islam. It’s actually pretty good, and the guide is funny. Of course, I have objections to both a five pillar definition of Islam and linking of religious acts as dependent on science, but overall it is fun. It’s also nice to have a Muslim, from a Muslim-majority country, explain Islam in a way that resonates with the way many of us understand our own faith. Turkey
Hoping To ‘Demystify’ Islam, Muslim Center Moves To Newbury Street | WBUR. a new Muslim cultural center in Boston’s most prominent shopping district — Newbury Street. It’s the new Boston home of a group of progressive Muslim activists, the American Islamic Congress. These Muslims are making a statement — that they are part of mainstream American society.