(RNS) The filmmakers knew they wanted to tell a story about a Muslim who did something heroic during World War II, because so few stories are known. Noor Inayat Khan’s story was the most alluring because of her deep spirituality.
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About Omar Sacirbey
Omar Sacirbey is a Boston-based correspondent for Religion News Service and other publications. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Religion Newswriters Association Templeton Reporter of the Year award, and in 2007, he placed third in the American Academy of Religion news writing contest. In 2005, he was an Alicia Patterson Foundation Journalism Fellow, focusing on Muslims in North America. Before journalism, he was an advisor with the Bosnian Foreign Ministry, serving at the United Nations in New York, and in Sarajevo and The Hague. He holds masters degrees from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and the Columbia University School of Journalism. He also writes about business, foreign affairs, politics, and food.
(RNS) Nearly 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that YouTube take down a Katy Perry video they say is blasphemous and offensive to Muslims. Others say the flap is much ado about nothing.
(RNS) Muslim Americans and civil rights groups are criticizing a federal court decision that dismissed a lawsuit alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on Muslim Americans in New Jersey.
(RNS) Two petitions urging the federal government to close schools on the two Eid holidays sparked spirited debate in the Muslim community. Both failed to amass enough signatures.
(RNS) “Salaam, Love” seeks to counter stereotypes of Muslim men by offering stories of men who bare their emotions, admit mistakes, bask in memories of true love, recall heartbreaks, and reflect on caring for a dying wife.
(RNS) Muslims in commercials are still rare, but that could be changing as the acceptance of Muslims accelerates across America.
(RNS) A Muslim woman now living in Malaysia struck a blow to the U.S. government’s “no-fly list” when a federal judge ruled that the government violated her due process rights by putting her on the list without telling her why.
(RNS) Large majorities of people in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey said their country would be better off if religion and government were separated.
BOSTON (RNS) “She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, features the work of 12 women from Muslim countries who shatter stereotypes with works that are provocative, beautiful, mysterious, and surprising, all at the same time.