Category: LM articles

Latino women finding a place in Islam‘I am doing this for God,’ one convert says

By Carmen SesinNBC NewsSeptember 30, 2005 UNION CITY, N.J. — On a hot summer day, Stefani Perada took a break from her job in West New York, N.J., and stepped outside in her long jilbab, the flowing clothes clothes worn by many Muslim women. Meanwhile, other Latinas in the mostly Hispanic neighborhood were taking advantage […]

A Place To Pray

By Kevin GarciaThe Brownsville HeraldOctober 17, 2004 Valley Muslims celebrate Ramadan in city’s first traditional mosque Allah has a new house this year in Brownsville — just in time for Ramadan. The Masudur-Rahman, or “Mosque of Peace,” opened two weeks ago to serve the city’s estimated 50 Muslim families. “It was our dream for at […]

In Brazil, Teaching the Koran in the Original

By Isaura DanielBrazzil MagazineDecember 28, 2004 In the corridors of the Brazilian Islamic School, in the Vila Carrão neighborhood in the city of São Paulo, it is possible to see children and teenagers talking in Arabic during their breaks. Here, topics such as grammar rules, dictations, text comprehension and essays aren’t only for the Portuguese […]

Let Us Be Moors: Islam, Race and “Connected Histories”

By Hisham AidiMiddle East ReportFebruary 2004 (Hisham Aidi, a research fellow at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, works on the university’s Muslim Communities in New York Project, sponsored by the Ford Foundation.) “Seamos moros!” wrote the Cuban poet and nationalist José Martíí in 1893, in support of the Berber uprising against Spanish rule in northern […]

From Golden Age to an Embattled Faith Islam Once was at Forefront of Civilization

By Stevenson SwansonChicago TribuneFebruary 8, 2004 GRANADA, Spain — As the fiery orange sun sinks behind the mountains, the stones of the 800-year-old Alhambra take on a rosy glow. Against the backdrop of the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the fortress’ rugged towers stand out in the gathering dusk. As the lights of this […]

Latino Muslims

By Belia OrtegaExtra NewsAugust 5, 2004 Another Face of Islam — The Peña family are part of a small but growing movement of Latino Muslims in Chicago. It is said that there are between 25,000 and 40,000 Latino Muslims in the US. At a time when young Latino generations are increasingly becoming less traditional and […]

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