Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film – The Takeaway. Today, a highly acclaimed new film hits theaters across the U.S. It's called "Timbuktu," and it's a French-Mauritanian drama directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. … Hussein Rashid is professor of religion at Hofstra University. He joins us to share his thoughts on the film, and the controversy surrounding it.
In Pakistan, A Well-Known Musician Killed In A Targeted Attack : NPR. Amjad Sabri was gunned down on Wednesday in Karachi, Pakistan. He was famous for Qawwali tradition and came from one of South Asia's most celebrated singing families. Related: Why Was A Prominent Muslim Musician Gunned Down In Pakistan?
Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed – CNN.com. In a bitter irony, the sometimes violent attacks against portrayals of the prophet are kind of reverse idol-worship, revering — and killing for — the absence of an image, said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic studies at Hofstra University in New York.