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Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

Originally published in The Federalist President Trump understands the most direct path to change is to work in people’s self-interest, to cater to advancement through mutual gain — a strategy that also won him the election. President Trump embarked on an iconic first foreign tour this weekend to the Middle East that started with a […]

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The American Muslims You Don’t See

Originally published with America Matters On First 100 Days, Fox News host Martha MacCallum brought together 8 diverse Muslims as part of a larger 22 member panel to talk about President Trump’s temporary travel ban. While the panel was passionate, the pre and post show dialogue reflected a softer side of American Muslims that often […]

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Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

Originally published in The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. […]

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“Kafir” Poem by Salman Haider

“Kafir” is one of the most stunning pieces of poetry, penned by Salman Haider. Kafir is a provocative and controversial term in Islam, meaning someone who knows the truth but rejects it; someone who covers up the truth. It is also a widely used term exploited to create division between Muslims and non-Muslims. Haider was one […]

New Zealand: First River in the World to be Given Legal Human Status

Humanity evolves when we broaden our understanding of what it means to be alive. What does it mean to be sentient, conscious, and alive? Making life about more than just ourselves is an important key step in elevating human consciousness and also getting people to care about conservation and resource protection. New Zealand took a giant […]

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Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

Muslim darling Noor Tagouri made headlines last month when she featured in Playboy’s “Renegades of 2016” series about game changers who redefine how we think about the world. While the feature seemed bold and provocative, pairing of a bullet-ridden American flag with the edgy snarl of a hijab-clad young girl, in truth was a cliché […]

Muslim Reform Archives

A Muslim reform archive featuring appearances, interviews, op-eds and articles by Shireen Qudosi found elsewhere on the web. Listen to my podcast on SoundCloud Visit my Patreon page on challenging hate and alienation in theological spaces. Head over to my Medium page. Click here to support my work. OP-EDS The Federalist: Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Represent Muslims. […]

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HOW I BECAME A MUSLIM REFORMER

“…I wasn’t quite sure what witches did, but that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was about four when I decided upon it. It was probably a pretty spot-on thing to be. Witches are outsiders – classic outliers – and I in no way felt connected to my community. Little did […]

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It’s 2016, and America is going through it’s deepest birthing pains.

America’s legacy is waning. We’re no longer a pioneer nation that breaks ground on new innovations, championing hard questions and pushing boundaries. We’re moving away from a cavalier “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get on with it” attitude and moving toward a “safe” society heavily dependent on copious amounts of tissues and coated […]

About Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is an American writer and strategist. She specializes in analyzing the leadership and ideology of transnational and U.S. based Muslim organizations. She was named one of the top ten North American Muslim Reformers in 2011. Her writing has been featured in The Federalist, On Being, Women in the World, The Hill, The Middle […]

Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

I received a flood of inquiries and complaints from Muslim traditionalists after last week’s testimony at the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Radical Islam. The top complaint I hear is about my tone. To that, I say: You’ll see my tone and rhetoric shift depending on the audience and issue, but this is the […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

As a Muslim Reformer, I get to hear from a patchwork of Muslims, especially in response to the more challenging public statements I make. Most recently, the statement that rattled many was the testimony and Q/A segment of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Radical Islam. This is all part of the process, as […]

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Why Are Islamists Rising as Scholars and Community Leaders?

In the ongoing struggle to balance Muslim-American rights with Muslim American accountability, there was a little known event that set a new landmark in the fight against Islamism. On March 25th, 2016, the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW) canceled their fundraising event due to local community pressure. ISW planned on hosting guest speaker and professed […]

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