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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…


Who Are We? -
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Who Are We?

Aside from the hijab-clad Muslim women, most of us are not as easily identifiable. You’ll find us out at the mall; scoring the latest fashions, at the new hip restaurant in town, or island-hopping with our gal pals on our latest adventure. Contrary to what many may think, we are…