A group of brilliant Muslim artists, practitioners, academics, and thinkers who, together, are creating a transformative narrative strategy that will offer us the opportunity to change stories, ideas, behaviors and, ultimately, society.
Eboo does some good work in this piece on media representations. I think it’s the next area we have to talk about: how even basic media framing perpetuates fear and ignorance about religion. The Faith Divide: Nine years after 9/11, a debate about Islam – On Faith at washingtonpost.com. There you have it in a nutshell. The forces of intolerance scream from the rooftops, “Islam is about domination”. The forces of moderation are questioned with the intent of delegitimizing them (they’re either just liars, or liars and secret radicals).
Aziz has more details. The following is a press release by my friend Wajahat Ali, who is a blogger, journalist for Altmuslim, and also a budding playwright. His first play, The Domestic Crusaders, has received rave reviews from critics and artists alike (including Emma Thompson and Mitch Berman). The play will premiere in NYC at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on September 11th 2009 and if you are in the NY area or will be traveling there during that time, then make some time for this one I reviewed the play, and really encourage people to go.
Via the BBC, Hans Rosling examines the correlation between income growth and life expectancy in 200 countries over the last 200 hundred years in an amazing animation. Take a look: [From 200 Years In 4 Minutes]