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Religion and culture

When I interviewed Mr. Shalabi, an award-winning charter school principal for our MAP (Muslims for American Progress) research study at ISPU (the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding), he shared with me an interesting finding from his dissertation research. Entitled “The Identity Crisis of Arab American Students in American Public Schools”, he shared that students who tried to fit in by completely shedding their … Read More Religion and culture

Already Beautiful

Sometimes in our feverish attempt to defend our faith, we forget that Islam is already beautiful.  It is already perfect, because it is Divinely ordained.  To change anything that is already perfect can only bring about its imperfection. When we stick to the authentic method of interpreting the texts of Islam, we will leave with one finding:  that Islam is balanced.  It is neither … Read More Already Beautiful

Education in the critical faculty

“The critical habit of thought, if usual in society, will pervade all its mores, because it is a way of taking up the problems of life. Men educated in it cannot be stampeded by stump orators … They are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and … Read More Education in the critical faculty

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