- CommentarySexual Assault During Hajj: Will #MosqueMeToo Lead to Reforms in Mecca?In February of 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement, Muslim women took to social media to describe sexual harassment and assault in the holiest shrines of the Islamic faith: the Kaabah in …Topics: Gender, Muslims and Islam, Place and Religion, Violence
- CommentaryIt Takes a Community and Resources to Become an ExemplarI had the chance to meet with two exceptional women for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s global project on engaged spirituality: Makvala Margoshvili and Marie Stella Kouak. They were …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Engaged Spirituality, Faith-Based Organizations, Muslims and Islam, Nuns and Women Religious, Spiritual Exemplars, weforum
- ArticleSameer: Leading the Peaceful Resistance Against Israeli OccupationThis radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge website. In the Palestinian town of …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, International Affairs and Policy, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars, Violence
- ArticleDr. Mohammed Elgazzar: Saving Lives Across the Battle LinesThis article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — the city of learned philosophers and a once-great library, named after …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Healthcare, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars, Violence
- ArticleThe Moroccan School Training Women Imams To Combat ExtremismThis article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It supplements Priyadarshini Sen’s profile of Ahmed Toufiq. RABAT, Morocco — Wearing an embroidered …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Gender, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Religious Leadership, Spiritual Exemplars, Sub-Saharan Africa
- ArticleImam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye: Bringing Peace to Warring Nigerian CommunitiesThis article was originally published in Premium Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. For the greater part of May 2, 2004, 40-year-old Amina Abubakar endured nine-month-old pregnancy …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Engaged Spirituality, Interfaith/Multifaith Movements, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Religious Leadership, Spiritual Exemplars, Sub-Saharan Africa, Violence
- ArticleAhmed Toufiq: The Quiet Sufi Behinds Morocco’s Islamic AffairsThis article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. In the cavernous dining room of an artist-friend, Ahmed Toufiq quickly eats a fresh …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Government and Religion, International Affairs and Policy, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleFachruddin Mangunjaya: Fusing Faith, Education and EnvironmentalismThis article was originally published in Global Landscapes Forum, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Fachruddin Mangunjaya was researching his master’s dissertation in 2006 on attitudes toward …Topics: Asia, Engaged Spirituality, Environment, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleBadr Baabou: LGBTQ Activist in TunisiaThis article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Every month, 39-year-old Badr Baabou visits the whitewashed Sufi shrine of Aisha Al-Manoubya …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, LGBT Issues, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleAfrican American Muslims and the LAPD: Moving from Stories to SolutionsThis article originally appeared in BOOM California. “We don’t want to walk into a kumbaya situation,” said Umar Hakim. The sixteen men and women gathered around a conference table in Inglewood simultaneously …Topics: Community Organizing, Criminal Justice, Muslims and Islam, Southern California, Violence
- CRCC in the NewsLA Times: Thai Masjid Serves Diverse Group of MuslimsMasjid al-Fatiha started as a Thai Muslim house of worship, and has grown to incorporate worshippers from around the globe. The Los Angeles Times featured the masjid–started by the family of CRCC’s …Topics: Muslims and Islam
- AudioBrie Loskota: We Decided to Be BuildersBrie Loskota was a guest on Edina Lekovic’s Meeting the Moment podcast episode 10, where she discussed the origins of CRCC’s AMCLI program and the Generation Change program, a global youth peace-building program of the United States Institute of …Topics: AMCLI, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, GCFP, Muslims and Islam
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