Events in the Arab and Muslim world direct me again back to W.E.B. Du Bois and the pressing question in his book, The Souls of Black Folk– how does it feel to be a problem? The question posed by Du Bois in relations to African Americans and the problem of … More >
Recent videos showing ISIS members destroying Mosul’s museum and with it the loss of Iraq’s cultural and historical heritage are woefully sickening. The actions are undertaken supposedly on the basis of Islamic interpretation and an attempt on the one hand to destroy idols and on the other adhering to strict … More >
March 4, 2015 stands as a historical date for American Muslims as the WASC Senior College and University Commission granted initial accreditation to Zaytuna College, thus becoming the first Muslim liberal arts college to be accredited in the United States. The Commission’s letter commended the “institution’s achievements” and praised Zaytuna leadership … More >
And if you have been following popular science reporting the last couple of days, you probably think you know what I mean.
Well, that’s the surprise: you don’t.
For those who haven’t seen the original report or its follow-ups, supposedly a “lost city” unknown to science, the “untouched ruins of … More >
In 2011, the Center for American Progress published a groundbreaking report, “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” which managed to expose for the first time the funding sources behind the bigotry producing Islamophobic industry, the individuals responsible and the effective strategies that made possible to impact … More >
In a recent publication in the journal Demography, Patrick Sharkey analyzed patterns of geographic migration of black and white families over four consecutive generations. In prior generations, the NYU sociologist observed patterns of migration consistent with conventional wisdom, with massive outflows of blacks from the South toward cities in the … More >
I set off on my first passage to India when I was 12 years old. My father had a Fulbright grant to teach at Madras Christian College, in Tambaram, southern India, and he decided to take our entire family with him for the year. I remember being told about my … More >
Upon arrival last week at Berkeley (I am a visiting scholar on a sabbatical leave) I was baffled by the silent campus. While the world was awash with “I am Charlie” protests in defense of free speech and condemnation of violence, the university that gained its fame as the cradle … More >
In March 1914 Parisian socialite Henriette Caillaux calmly walked into the offices of the great Parisian newspaper Le Figaro and shot editor Gaston Calmette dead for defaming the reputation of her husband, politician Joseph Caillaux. Her sensational murder trial mesmerized France during the months before the outbreak of World War … More >