Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world.
Her new book, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, tells the parallel stories of her family and country, while guiding the reader through the complicated aftermath of Pakistan’s shift toward a more conservative culture. Through her intimate and nuanced portrayal of Pakistani family life, Zakaria emphasizes the often unheard female voices of her country and uses her personal story to serve as a metaphor for Pakistan’s complex political state.
The young boy struck and killed by a garbage truck at a busy Albany intersection was laid to rest Friday at a Muslim cemetery in Rensselaer County.
It happened in the blink of an eye: a 4-year-old identified as Ashique Rahman was crossing Central Avenue with his mother, who was holding his hand. Police say they have the surveillance video showing the moment a private garbage truck turning left on a green light, onto Central from Quail Street, hit the pair, who had the right-of-way and clearance to cross from the "Walk" signal.
Today we check in with Shawkat Toorawa, Professor of Arabic Literature & Islamic studies at Cornell University and New York Council for the Humanities board member to discuss the importance of Muslim protagonists featured in children's literature.
Muslim Voices is part of the New York Council for the Humanities’ suite of Together programs—reading and discussion programs for kids, teens and families that introduce important issues and ideas through books.
Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.
But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere—and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people—a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village—who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.
Krista Bremer tells the story in her new book, My Accidental Jihad.
Today on Vox Pop, a new poll shows that voters in New York City are less likely to vote for an atheist or a 'born again' Christian than a Muslim or Mormon candidate. What do you think of these stats, and of the effect religion can have on personal and national politics? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts with guest WAMC's Alan Chartock.