Islam

St. Louis on the Air
11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Discussion: Muslim Women In The Islamic World

Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.
Credit courtesy photo

In Western media, we hear reports that Muslim women are relegated to a second class, largely powerless status and are denied education, independence and employment. We hear stories of women brutalized and abused.  

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Religion
10:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

St. Louis Muslim Women: One Religion, Many Cultures

Dr. Ghazala Hayat
Credit Provided by the university

As March winds blasted the region, West County lawyer Lubabah Abdullah’s hair remained neat under a bright scarf, giving her the élan of Grace Kelly riding in a sleek convertible with Cary Grant. Abdullah, an American-born Muslim of Sudanese Arab heritage wraps her head in bright colored scarves for modesty.

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Religion
10:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Fully Half Of The Area's Muslims Are Bosnians

In South St. Louis
Credit File photo | Robert Joiner | St. Louis Beacon

Mehnaz Afridi was astonished to learn that half of this area’s Muslims are Bosnians. The Muslim scholar will be in the area March 31 to give the Lee Institute lecture on the issues faced by Muslim women. For many in St. Louis, one of the main issues is correcting misperceptions.

The great majority of Bosnians resettled here between 20 and 11 years ago to escape the former Yugoslavia’s devastating war of religious persecution in 1992-95. Members of the new generation, born in St. Louis, are now graduating from high school.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Islamophobia: A Discussion About The Causes And Possible Solutions

The executive director of CAIR-St. Louis, Faizan Syed, addresses the crowd at an interfaith service on the Archgrounds.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A 2013 report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) identifies a network of 37 organizations that systematically promote anti-Muslim sentiment in America through prejudice, fear and hatred. CAIR calls it Islamophobia.

According to tax filings analyzed by CAIR, this network had access to nearly $120 million between 2008 and 2011.

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