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The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 February 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Story-telling, poetry, and other performance art helps to bridge cultural divides and allows individuals to present more nuanced representations of their communities. Thanks to a grant from the Said Foundation, the Hi...

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Lauren Schiller

11 January 2019

Balochistan, Pakistan

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Focused on the idea of honor and honor killings, activist Khalida Brohi started a program that provides rural women in Pakistan career skills and an income in order to fight the pervasive cultural attitudes about wome...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

3 December 2018

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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In collaboration with Notre Dame University, graduates of madrasas in India are receiving additional education about Islam’s role in scientific development as well as a grounding in current scientific thought. In this...

World Economic Forum

Adela Suliman

31 October 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Mosques across Amman, Jordan are adorned with solar panels, resulting in some very energy efficient places of worship (along with many other buildings). The mosques now cover 100% of their energy needs and can even se...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

16 October 2018

Sokoto, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Chlorhexidine gel has been successfully used to ensure healthy births and avoid newborn babies from having often fatal infections around their umbilical cord. The use of this gel—as well as the end of potentially harm...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

11 September 2018

Reading, England

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Popping up in various places around England is a performance space for young British Muslims to create and share their uniquely intersectional experiences with identity. The organization, operated as a non-profit coll...

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman

12 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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With gentrification rapidly changing New York City neighborhoods, there is a need to preserve these neighborhoods' history before it is erased. A tour of landmarks associated with Islam in Harlem helps keep this histo...

NPR

Josie Huang

23 June 2018

California, United States

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For almost ten years, HEART Women and Girls, has been offering culturally-specific sex education for the Muslim community across the United States. HEART not only provides in-person training and online discussions, bu...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Rizki Nugraha

14 June 2018

Indonesia

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In order to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Greenpeace and the Indonesian Ministry of Forest and Environment have teamed with the count...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

22 May 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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To combat food waste, leaders at Islamic centers and mosques around the world are looking to iftar, the evening meal that signals the end of the Ramadan fast. By discouraging food waste and the use of disposable kitch...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

16 May 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Islamic organizations focused on prison reform are asking the observant to make their zakat—a charitable donation made during Ramadan—go towards helping to pay the bail of an incarcerated Muslims. Through this push, t...

BBC

Nanchanok Wongsamuth

29 April 2018

Yala, Yala Province, Thailand

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In the midst of chaos and bloodshed between Muslims and Buddhists, a small province in Thailand has created a youth orchestra to bridge divides between people. The orchestra was met with initial skepticism but has sin...

Teen Vogue

Beatrice Dupuy

27 March 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The organization HEART Women & Girls was founded by Muslim women to provide a means for young women to receive culturally sensitive sex education, a safe space to discuss issues of sexuality and sexual violence, and t...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Traci Tong

14 March 2018

Saudi Arabia

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Egyptian journalist and author Mona Eltahawy created the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to share her experience about getting sexually assaulted during Hajj, a five day pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place every year. Eltahawy...

Christian Science Monitor

Owen Mortner

21 August 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Most bus stops have an array of ads, but in Boston one sign reads “What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment.” The message is part of a part of a public awareness campaign rolled out by the city, wh...

Public Radio International (PRI)

David Leveille

8 June 2017

Santa Ana, California, United States

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Under an administration that frequently spouts racist rhetoric and enforced divisive legislation such as the Muslim ban and the border wall, minority communities - particularly Islamic and Latino communities - are hav...

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Abigail Klein Leichman

19 March 2017

Jerusalem, Israel

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The Middle East has long been the site of conflict, but 'Jerusalem Double' is trying to ease tensions by having people from all backgrounds come together to play in backgammon tournaments. These tournaments have been ...

Kerning Cultures

Hebah Fisher

Razan Alzayani

Lilly Crown

27 August 2016

Bahrain

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Sectarian conflict in Bahrain has torn friends and families apart, splitting the country into Sunni versus Shi’a. To soften the divisions, Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse has hosted at least ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mila Koumpilova

1 August 2016

London, England

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Non-profits like Active Change Foundation in London leverage community outreach and personal relationships to intervene on extremist behavior and prevent radical recruitment. But when attempting to partner with the go...

NPR

Hanna Rosin

15 July 2016

Aarhus, Denmark

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Muslim youths in Denmark were leaving to join ISIS in Syria, feeling they were being persecuted in Europe. Then the police in Aarhus responded in a completely unexpected way: They apologized.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mila Koumpilova

16 May 2016

Montgomery Village, Maryland, United States

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Following terror attacks around the world, a community nonprofit is working to counter violent extremism by bringing diverse communities together with law enforcement to address underlying causes of radicalization and...

Politico

Michael Hirsh

24 March 2016

Dearborn, Michigan, United States

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“Stepping Up” is an “outreach-and-informant” program in that gives Muslim residents in Dearborn a place to call if they suspect someone begins to show signs of alienation or an interest in extremism. This approach is ...

National Observer

Linda Solomon Wood

16 February 2016

Gush Etzion, West Bank, Palestine

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Grassroots organizations are helping Palestinians and Israelis to meet and discuss their experiences with each other, often for the first time. Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian, co-runs one of these groups with two Israel...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Deepa Bharath

6 January 2016

London, United Kingdom

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"The Abdullah-X Show" on YouTube is the creation of a former Islamic extremist who says he was attracted precisely to the kind of ideology terrorists espouse these days. He has used the medium to warn potential extrem...

TakePart

Jacob Kushner

23 October 2015

Mombasa, Kenya

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PEMA, a gay-rights organization in Mombasa Kenya, created a 12-week program to build relationships with religious leaders and sensitize them to the need to stop legitimizing, and even inciting, violence against LGBT i...

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