August 10, 2010

A digital collage for the start of Ramadan.

June 03, 2010

Our friend Pankaj Mishra writes a provocative, helpfully informative piece in this week’s New Yorker magazine with this title, “Islamism,” on Aayan Hirsi Ali and Western reactions to her. How should Western intellectuals respond to Muslim scholars? Mishra’s unusual perspective carries wisdom.

May 20, 2010

A warm story about a professional female basketball player who coached a women's team in Bahrain rekindles an ongoing question about sport and its ability to unify and elevate.

January 15, 2010

Krista discusses recent terrorism and security concerns through Ed Husain's words.

September 27, 2009

“Next to being the children of God our greatest privilege is being the brothers of each other.”
—Martin Buber

Rabbi Aaron SpiegelWe in the religion world use the word interfaith much too often. And in my opinion, most of what passes for interfaith dialogue is not dialogue at all — it’s a lecture about why I’m right and you’re wrong. It’s not that we’re all religious zealots, but most often the forum for these dialogues are set up to create division rather than civil discourse. Put simply, we’re much better at talking than listening.

September 21, 2009

A compelling multimedia report on life as a woman in Afghanistan.

August 28, 2009

A glimpse into the lives of two Muslims in Australia.

June 19, 2009

The topic of gender and sexuality is on our long list of shows we want to produce in the coming year — in particular, a show on transgender people. The videos above and below are excerpts from Be Like Others, a documentary about a number of young men who are transsexuals living in Iran and pursuing surgical changes.

In these two clips, Iranian-American director Tanaz Eshaghian shows the complex, multi-layered conversations and struggles for transgender people living in an Islamic state — from conversations about proper attire and wearing of the hijab to familial struggles about cultural norms.