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October 08, 2008

In this video, guest blogger Eboo Patel interviews pastor Rick at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative and offers his perspective as a Muslim.

October 03, 2008

Well, Ramadan is officially over and I’ve spent the past few days at various parties celebrating by eating, eating, and, oh yeah, eating. What ends up happening on Eid (after the morning communal prayer at the mosque) is usually this circuit of house visits, going from family to family, eating, popping in and out, eating, seeing people, chatting, eating, then heading off to another house party. At each new house, I’m just too polite to say, “I understand you’ve been slaving over a hot stove all day, but I just came from two other parties. I can’t eat anymore. Touch my belly. Touch it!”

Yesterday was thankfully free of parties, as is tonight, but apparently my cousin and his family (and I) are booked for two Saturday parties, the first at 11:00 am. It’s going to be a long day. To what could I compare all this? Thanksgiving—both the word and the holiday. Eid is basically several days of eating and socializing and, hopefully, feeling happy to be alive.

October 02, 2008

September 29, 2008

On Thursday night before the debate, I wrote something that meant a great deal to me. It was about a trip I made to Ole Miss in August and the incredible symbolism of that the debate on that campus, a cultural triumph it signified far larger than who won or lost.

The drama in financial markets nearly stopped the debate completely, and overshadowed a few hours of reflection we might have allowed ourselves on race. But Scott Simon did a lovely piece on Saturday morning, and Slate produced this: “Negro to Address Ole Miss Class” (The headline you won’t be reading about tonight’s presidential debate.) A white presidential candidate in civil debate against a black presidential candidate is a monumental, quiet victory of a milestone worth pondering, and celebrating, in a world in which bad news gets all the attention.


September 26, 2008

Our managing producer takes a sharp look at our journalistic profession's cultural appropriation of stereotypes in the political season.

September 25, 2008

Krista reflects on a recent trip she took to Oxford, Mississippi — the setting for the first 2008 U.S. presidential debate.

September 25, 2008

An excellent reflection on the playlist for "Days of Awe."

September 23, 2008

In this TED talk, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt breaks down human moral values into five basic elements, then shows how an individual's placement on the liberal-conservative spectrum is determined by how much emphasis that person puts on each of these values.

September 22, 2008

This SOF video captures the international flavor of the Azusa Street Centennial in song by a couple from Zimbabwe.

September 19, 2008

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

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September 19, 2008

A collection of photos documenting the Islamic holy month.

September 19, 2008

I wanted to share a tremendously informative piece of writing that came into my inbox yesterday — an essay by Omer M. Mozaffar about the passing of Warith Deen (often referred to as W.Deen) Mohammed titled “American Islam Enters its Next Phase.” Mohammed was a gentle but towering figure in the history of Islam in the U.S., yet remains little known in the culture at large.

September 18, 2008

With all the press given to Gov. Palin's Pentecostal past, many forgot the Democratic Party has its own share of influential Pentecostals running the show.

September 17, 2008

Are religious values sometimes used as a shield for discrimination?

September 16, 2008

But what about practicing yoga at home? A prescribed playlist German trains would love.

September 15, 2008

Recalling Rabbi Heschel's words while fasting for Ramadan.

September 11, 2008

Krista finds liberation in the graceful transitioning instead of only the outcome.

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September 11, 2008

Our managing producer, a "yoga cliché," finds a way of putting herself in the way of the divine.

September 10, 2008

We asked for your song recommendations, and you delivered scores of them.

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September 09, 2008

Just settling on a good program title can spur quite a bit of debate during our editorial sessions, with more considerations than you might expect.

September 08, 2008
September 06, 2008

News reports selectively cited quotes from Sarah Palin's speech to "M.C." students. View her entire speech and add your own knowledge.

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