How do Muslims fit into contemporary American society? And how have the uniquely American ideals of pluralism, openness, and cultural integration held up in post-9/11 American society? Those are the driving questions behind “Journey into America,” a cross-country adventure led by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, renowned Islamic scholar and author, and his team of enthusiastic young Americans. They will explore America and American identity in a post-September 11 world during their journey, which will take them to cities big and small, from Birmingham, Alabama, Nashville, Tennessee, and Salt Lake City to New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Sometimes I wonder what planet I’ve been on to miss things like this. And then I remember, “Oh, I was in Cairo for most of 2008.” As I was preparing to head back to the States after a year of being away, Akbar Ahmed began his Journey Into America, exploring Muslim life in some unexpected places.
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So interesting! Wish I had time and money to propose such a journey to a spanish TV broadcast company 🙂
Yeah I seen that blog too.
Anyways, sister, I don’t read your blog. So pardon me for barging in here like this.
I thought you might want to take a look at this movie called “Diary of a Tired Black man”- it’s a documentary/film about black women as drama queens. Yeah, they actually made a film about it.
You can check it out here: http://www.watch-movies-links.net/movies/diary_of_a_tired_black_man/
I have a feeling this will start off a number of discussions…
BTW, you don’t have to approve this message.
P.S. Can ya add me to your blogroll?
Thanks for stopping by. That film is not a documentary. I think if you read through my blog you will find much more nuanced and productive starting points for conversations rather than watching some drivel like that worthless and insulting film.
I haven’t really watched it yet. I take it, it would be a bad idea to show it to black men and women?
Anyways, can you link me to a few of your posts on that area? Would like to take a read on them. 🙂
Jazaka Allahu khayr.