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    March 30, 2015

    Book Review: The Moor’s Account

    The Moor’s Account, by Laila Lalami Simon & Schuster Canada, 2014 History makes worlds. It is among the many means by which humans narrate, and ...
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The YMCA, Palestine, Peace, and a Prize Revoked

It has been quite a disturbing week in Calgary for local activist, Saima Jamal. The prominent peace activist and program director for the Calgary Islamic Chamber Institute experienced a bizarre series of events which began, innocently enough, with her being awarded the Calgary Peace Medal by the YMCA. This award was rescinded not long after, without any explanation, and initially, with no formal apology. At the beginning of November, Saima Jamal announced that she was to be a recipient for the YMCA Peace Medal in the Individual category. This was not her first nomination for this prize, she was also…

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The Maturing of Canadian Muslim Narrative: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Ottawa. October 22, 2014. On Wednesday morning, news of a shooting at the war memorial and gunshots on Parliament Hill, soon after: the possibility of a multiple number of shooters, broke out. Then, silence. In the discomfort of limited information from official sources, social media filled the void with conjecture. Upon hearing speculation about the shooter’s potential links to ISIS, because of a witness’ report of having seen the perpetrator wearing a ‘scarf with an Arabic design’, many Muslims and supporters of civil liberties braced themselves both for what was happening and what was to come. Muslims worried about their…

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Shooting on Parliament and the Complexion of Islam

On October 22nd, at 9:52am ET, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed at the National War Museum just outside of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. At the time of writing this, the person identified as the killer, who himself was killed in turn, was Michael Zehef-Bibeau, a 32 year-old Canadian man. As Canadians, it would be unseemly to speculate too much on this incident without awaiting verified information. News media have released details about the suspected shooter, such as he had recently had his passport revoked as a “high-risk traveler,” and he has a history of petty crime including indictments…