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Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway

Controversy Swirls Around Oscar-Nominated Film - The Takeaway.

Today, a highly acclaimed new film hits theaters across the U.S. It's called "Timbuktu," and it's a French-Mauritanian drama directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.  
Hussein Rashid is professor of religion at Hofstra University. He joins us to share his thoughts on the film, and the controversy surrounding it.

Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover - CNN.com

Muslims' mixed response to new Mohammed cover - CNN.com.
"My initial thought is that the cover is a near perfect response to the tragedy," said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic thought at Hofstra University in New York. 
 "They are not backing down from the depiction of Mohammed, exercising their free speech rights. At the same time, the message is conciliatory, humble, and will hopefully reduce the anger directed to the Muslim communities of France." 
 Rashid noted that the cover's central message -- forgiveness -- resonates not only throughout Islam but through other world religions as well, embracing all in a spirit of reconciliation. 
"The cover is a call to our better angels," Rashid said, "and an acknowledgment that religion also offers good to the world."

Marble Church Sermon

Marble has a rich history of participating in interfaith activities and one of the highlights is our “Trialogue” under the leadership of Dr. Michael Brown. The focus of the service is a conversation among spiritual leaders of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ask a friend to join you for this unique and memorable worship experience.

With A Mighty Arm And An Outstretched Hand from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo.


Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Speech, or An Excuse to Bully? - The Takeaway

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Speech, or An Excuse to Bully? - The Takeaway.

Europe remains on edge in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack at the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. 
 The attack has highlighted deep divisions between French nationals and Muslim immigrants—a community that Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, says has been under fire for years. 
 "French society has a very hard time integrating its minorities—whether they're Muslim, Jewish, or black," says Rashid. "Nicolas Sarkozy, the former prime minister, during his tenor as interior minister, once called the minorities of Francs scum."

Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service

Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY) - Religion News Service.
Regarding images: Muhammad is a powerful symbol for Muslims. The Quran calls him a “beautiful role model,” and he is considered to be the most perfect Muslim. It is generally accepted by Muslims that images of Muhammad, or any other person, do not appear in mosques. However, this ban does not extend outside the mosque. Various Muslim cultures show a comfort with painting and figural representation. Images of Muhammad, his family, prophets and other holy figures exist. They are on display in museums throughout the world. In some, the faces are obscured, but in many, the faces are on full display.