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Safia Farole is a second year PhD student in the department of Political Science at UCLA. She studies in the areas of Comparative Politics and Race, Ethnicity and Politics, focusing specifically on the politics of identity, public opinion, and immigration and integration in Western democracies.

The Summer of Islamophobia and the November Election

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With events such as the mosque burning in Joplin, Mo., the false allegations of infiltration against Muslim public servants, and the widespread political acquiesce toward the illegal surveillance of Muslims, the increasingly visible profile of Muslim life in America is being challenged. While some may dismiss this observation as alarmist, evidence suggests that these ideas of intolerance, hitherto espoused by fringe elements of society, are seeping unmistakably into mainstream politics. Read More »

Pondering Culture: A Personification

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You have always been there. Long before I was born, or even my parents, for that matter. They say your roots go back to time immemorial. For centuries have you dictated the social norms that shroud the lives of my people. The date of your invention is not written in the history books; rather, the way you operate is in the form of an understanding between the minds of men and women – the other half of humanity that for centuries has been greatly disadvantaged in your court of public opinion. Read More »

Race Matters: Colorblind Racism in the Ummah

Undoubtedly, the Prophet (PBUH) was a revolutionary man, who successfully struggled against all forms of rampant discrimination in Arabian society, including racism. However; nuanced forms of racism, such as color blind racism continue to exist among Muslims. Islam is a post-racial religion, and we Muslims must struggle towards that standard. Read More »

Sunday Open Thread | Black History Month: American Revolutionaries

February marks Black History Month. Muslim Americans should be grateful to the civil rights movement that took place in this country. If it wasn't for the tireless efforts that many men and women of color exerted to gain their rights, we Muslim wouldn't be enjoying the life we live in this country today. Read More »

Palestine Papers Confirm Already Suspected Truths about Mideast Peace Process

More than 1,600 classified documents detailing the negotiation process between the Palestinian Authority and Israel have been released. The revelations confirm long held suspicions about the intentions of the negotiating parties, which could have serious implications for Islam's third holiest sanctuary. Read More »

Part I | Tunisia, the Undoing of a Dictatorship?

In recent developments, the 23 year old dictatorship of Ben Ali in Tunisia has been been overthrown by populist uprising. What has been the state of affairs in Tunisia as of late? And why is it important that Muslims take note? This is a mini-series on Muslim regimes in Africa and how their peoples are pushing back. Read More »

(Part II) To Veil or Not to Veil?: Hijab and Muslim Women’s Rights in Afghanistan and France

This article is the second in a two-part series on hijab and how it has evolved as a pivotal issue of women’s rights in two distinct societies – Afghanistan and France. In this regard, we take a historical look at two countries that reside on the extreme ends of the spectrum on the issue of hijab, and by extension women's rights. Read More »

To Veil or Not to Veil?: Hijab and Muslim Women’s Rights in Afghanistan and France

This article is the first in a two-part series on the issue of hijab and how hijab has evolved into a pivotal issue of women’s rights in two distinct societies – Afghanistan and France. In this regard, we take a historical look at two countries that reside on the extreme ends of the spectrum on the issue of hijab. Read More »

The Story of Farheen Hakeem – Muslim Co-Chair of the Green Party

Watch the political journal of Farheen Hakeem, a Muslim American woman and the co-chair of the Green Party, as she gets involved in the US political process. Read More »

Islamophobia, Homophobia, and the Path of Muslim American Integration

Recently, many derogative comments have been made about Muslims and Islam in America. Many of the vitriolic commentators behind these statments have walked away without consequence, Juan Williams being the only exception. What does this say about the path of integration for Muslims and how does it compare to other minorities? Read More »

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