Category: LM articles

Changing faith: Finding Islam in the ruins of 9/11

By Justin CoxAmerican ObserverMarch 31, 2010 Just across the Hudson River from the Twin Towers, on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus where he studied engineering, he watched in clear view plumes of smoke billow from gaping openings where the planes just hit. All at once, he was overcome by the realization of life’s fragility. […]

Latino Muslims: Chicago women deal with dual identity

By Giulia LasagniMedill Reports – ChicagoMay 27, 2010 Every Sunday morning, a group of women meets at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview to study the Quran. They are Muslim, of course, but also Latinas. Most of them converted to Islam after growing unhappy with aspects of Catholicism and they found a new identity in being […]

Spanish-speaking converts struggle with defining their identities

By Mariam Al-KalbySouthern California InFocusJuly 25, 2010 When most people think of Muslims, the stereotype is a hijab or turban-garbed Arab, and many are surprised when a Muslim woman starts speaking Spanish or has an at-length conversation with another Muslim Spanish-speaking person. Othman Solorio, a Mexican export manager living in California, knows all too well […]

Puerto Rican Muslim leads multicultural music and poetry night

By Justin JacobsJewish ChronicleOctober 15, 2010 Hamza Perez is a bold man, but a shy performer. In fact, the Brooklyn-born Pittsburgher, who had been performing as a rapper in the city, just hung up his lyricist microphone for good — he’d prefer to keep his writing personal. And as for music, well, he told The […]

Officials Worry About Some Latino Converts To Islam

By Dina Temple-RastonNational Public Radio (NPR)December 9, 2010 The FBI arrested Antonio Martinez, a 21-year-old Muslim convert, Wednesday and charged him with plotting to blow up a military recruitment center. There are two things about this case that make it particularly interesting to counterterrorism officials. The first is that Martinez appears to have been radicalized […]

Las Cruces woman juggles Hispanic, Muslim cultures

By Michael JohnsonLas Cruces Sun-NewsJune 9, 2010 LAS CRUCES – Daisy Maldonado doesn’t particularly like it when people make assumptions about her. Maldonado, a student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, grew up in El Paso and enjoys many things young college students do these days, such as hanging out with friends, going […]

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