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Writing God(s): The Creation of Modern Mythologies and Post-Modern Theologies in Comics - Event Search (For Guest Page) - New York Comic Con - October 5 - 8, 2017 - Javits Center. Superheroes are Gods. We read stories of their glory and revel. We bear witness to their losses and mourn. We viciously defend the sanctity of their character against any who would misrepresent them. We attend gatherings with the fellow devoted. We pore over every word that has been written about them so that we may preserve an accurate account of our shared history. We look to their examples... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Hijacking Jihad: Reclaiming Islam's 'Personal Struggle'. Over the last two decades, the term “Jihad” has exclusively been defined as a holy war perpetrated by extremists. As such, when the average American hears the term “Jihad,” they conflate Islam with terror. Although the term has been hijacked by extremists, many Muslims in the US and around world don’t recognize Jihad’s contemporary application. For these Muslims, the term, which literally translates to “struggle,” is a personal struggle, or a mission. For example, someone’s “Jihad” could be giving up smoking or to strive to be a better neighbor, friend, husband, or wife. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Writing God(s): The Creation of Modern Mythologies and Post-Modern Theologies in Comics - Event Search (For Guest Page) - New York Comic Con - October 5 - 8, 2017 - Javits Center. Superheroes are Gods. We read stories of their glory and revel. We bear witness to their losses and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at islamicate
Hijacking Jihad: Reclaiming Islam's 'Personal Struggle'. Over the last two decades, the term “Jihad” has exclusively been defined as a holy war perpetrated by extremists. As such, when the average American hears the term “Jihad,” they conflate Islam with terror. Although the term has been hijacked by extremists, many Muslims... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at islamicate
Believer, religious studies, and the public « The Immanent Frame. When we ask what sort of religious studies work Believer does, we are truly asking, what is the nature of our field and what sort of work do we do? As Edward Said, amongst others, noted, we are now academics, not intellectuals. We talk in guild-speak for ourselves, and are not invested in public engagement, even to our first public, our students. We have a conflicted relationship with public engagement. On one hand, we recognize the need to share our knowledge, but on the other we fear being in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Believer, religious studies, and the public « The Immanent Frame. When we ask what sort of religious studies work Believer does, we are truly asking, what is the nature of our field and what sort of work do we do? As Edward Said, amongst others, noted, we are now academics,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at islamicate
Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash | UPR Utah Public Radio. Hussein Rashid, founder of the religious literacy consultancy Islamicate L3C, doesn't agree that the belief itself is a problem. "I think we have to accept that there are theologies that are what I would call exclusionary, that only certain people will go to heaven and certain people will go to hell. They are not inherently Islamophobic or anti-Semitic," Rashid said. "It's when it turns into action that we start getting worried. " Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash | UPR Utah Public Radio. Hussein Rashid, founder of the religious literacy consultancy Islamicate L3C, doesn't agree that the belief itself is a problem. "I think we have to accept that there are theologies that are what I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at islamicate
Trump’s statement on Ramadan is almost entirely about terrorism - The Washington Post. “He could not recall the honor of being on stage with one of the icons of American life, but could remember to deny part of America’s story,” said Hussein Rashid, founder of islamicate, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy. “With his depth of understanding of religion, and the company he keeps, I fully expect him to honor the Ku Klux Klan as representatives of Christianity during his Christmas message.” Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Trump’s statement on Ramadan is almost entirely about terrorism - The Washington Post. “He could not recall the honor of being on stage with one of the icons of American life, but could remember to deny part of America’s story,” said Hussein Rashid, founder of islamicate, a consultancy focusing on... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at islamicate
Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night. This year is the 9th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. I will be tweeting @islamoyankee. To see how the call has (not) evolved, here are the six call outs: 2009 Windsor Star Article 2010 (despite the title, which says 2011) 2011 USA Today Article 2012 2013 Storify (including press stories) 2014 A piece I did on Immanent Frame The Background [from the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night. This year is the 9th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. I will... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at islamicate
Commencement | Schedule of Events | Amherst College. Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address by Hussein Rashid, a community preacher and faculty member in the Barnard College Department of Religion. Johnson Chapel. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Commencement | Schedule of Events | Amherst College. Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address by Hussein Rashid, a community preacher and faculty member in the Barnard College Department of Religion. Johnson Chapel. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at islamicate
Hajj: The Pilgrimage | The Practice of Islam in America.“Hajj: The Pilgrimage” by Hussein Rashid Chapter Summary This chapter takes us on a journey to Mecca, site of the hajj, or annual pilgrimage. Hussein Rashid depicts this often once-in-a-lifetime experience for several Muslim Americans who represent a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and sectarian backgrounds. We learn about the pilgrimages of Khizer, a health care professional from Washington, D.C.; Zahra, an attorney from California; Debra, a college professor from Wisconsin; Suehaila, a professional recruiter from Dearborn, Michigan; and other Muslim Americans. They walk counter-clockwise around the Ka‘ba; pray outside Mecca... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Hajj: The Pilgrimage | The Practice of Islam in America. “Hajj: The Pilgrimage” by Hussein Rashid Chapter Summary This chapter takes us on a journey to Mecca, site of the hajj, or annual pilgrimage. Hussein Rashid depicts this often once-in-a-lifetime experience for several Muslim Americans who represent a wide variety... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at islamicate
Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now? - The New York Times. “As a Muslim, I’d vote for Jesus, but the Republicans won’t let him in, and the Democrats don’t believe in him,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Barnard College, who concedes that he’s a tad bitter about his political options. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now? - The New York Times. “As a Muslim, I’d vote for Jesus, but the Republicans won’t let him in, and the Democrats don’t believe in him,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Barnard College, who concedes that he’s a tad bitter... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at islamicate
There is a new film on Rikers, called Rikers: An American Jail, and I'm quoted in the interfaith discussion guide. As a Muslim, when I hear about prison, I think to the Story of Joseph, told in Chapter 12 of the Qur’an: are we punishing difference, rather than actions, and putting the innocent in jail? Do we seek to turn people to repentance, or are we fulfilling our needs for revenge? One of the clear commandments in the Qur’an is to maintain the balance of justice, and to not give into our own desires and call it justice (55:9, 4:135).... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
The Roles of Arts & Culture in Addressing Islamophobia direct link to my video is here. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at islamicate
There is a new film on Rikers, called Rikers: An American Jail, and I'm quoted in the interfaith discussion guide. As a Muslim, when I hear about prison, I think to the Story of Joseph, told in Chapter 12 of the Qur’an: are we punishing difference, rather than actions, and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at islamicate
The Roles of Arts & Culture in Addressing Islamophobia direct link to my video is here. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
G?D TALK: A Shabbat Potluck Dinner Series – “Hospitality” | Romemu. G?d Talk Potluck Shabbat Dinner: “Hospitality” from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Friday, May 12th, after services, 8:15PM, but you MUST register Led by Rev. Eleanor, Rabbi Jill Hammer, and guests Dr. Hussein Rashid and Rebekah Forni Tonight we explore the topic of “Hospitality” from biblical, theological and social perspectives with speakers from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions, including Dr. Hussein Rashid, Rebekah Forni, and Rabbi Jill Hammer. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
G?D TALK: A Shabbat Potluck Dinner Series – “Hospitality” | Romemu. G?d Talk Potluck Shabbat Dinner: “Hospitality” from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Friday, May 12th, after services, 8:15PM, but you MUST register Led by Rev. Eleanor, Rabbi Jill Hammer, and guests Dr. Hussein Rashid and Rebekah Forni Tonight we... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at islamicate
In “The Promise,” A Reminder That U.S. Apathy to Genocide Endures | Religion Dispatches. Collectively, we are comfortable condemning the mistakes of the past, but never learning from them. As we turn Syrian refugees away, advocates for human decency pointed out that today’s refugee crisis had echoes to the Jewish refugee crisis of the early 20th century. Critics responded that the situation was different: those were Jews and these are not; that was in the 20th century and this is the 21st century. We note every difference to avoid taking action, and always condemn the mistakes of the past in... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Hussein Rashid