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In Search of a Muslim Identity -
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In Search of a Muslim Identity

By Shirin Zarqa-Lederman  If I asked you what a Muslim was, you’d probably say something like, “someone who follows Islam.” And, if I asked you what an atheist was, you’d probably say something like, “someone who doesn’t follow religion.” But if I asked you what a Muslim-Atheist was . .…


Profiling One of my Own -
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Profiling One of my Own

One morning on the subway, I profiled an innocent man. I immediately felt ashamed, embarrassed, filled with disappointment and loathing in myself. I was paralyzed with fear on my way to work– so consumed by it that I spoke to God and told Him I wasn’t ready to go even though I…


Tracker - How The Huffington Post Is Combating Islamophobia -
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Tracker – How The Huffington Post Is Combating Islamophobia

Written by: Shirin Zarqa-Lederman Sand-n****r, dune coon, camel jockey, goat-fucker, raghead, towel head, terrorist, hijacker, Jew-killer, Holocaust denier… Those are just a couple of Islamophobic slurs that plagued my generation’s childhood. That, of course, was before the Internet, iPhones, Facebook, Twitter, blah, blah, blah. Now, you can insult more people…