An Education Through Comics – The Books of Joe Sacco

March 24, 2015

A while ago, I lent out my copy of Joe Sacco’s Palestine to a coworker. Joe Sacco is a journalist and cartoonist who spent a lot of time in the West Bank and Gaza in the early 90s, which resulted in the short comic series Palestine. Sacco draws himself in the book as well as […]

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Review of “Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College”

May 12, 2013

Growing up in the Bay Area, Zaytuna has been an institution that I’ve heard of for many years. Founded in 1996 by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna Institute started off as place that offered classes in Islam to the community, from Arabic to Islamic law and many in between in Hayward, California. In 2009, Zaytuna became […]

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Interview: Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of the Comic Book The 99

October 9, 2011

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of the comic book series The 99, which is also currently being produced as an animated series, is the subject of the upcoming documentary Wham! Bam! Islam!, to air on PBS on October 13th. From the website: Al-Mutawa came up with the concept of The 99: a team of superheroes, each […]

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Book Review: Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

September 11, 2011

The last time I was at the airport, I went through security and was told that a female agent was going to come by and pat down my hijab. Passenger after passenger passed me by, picked up their stuff from the conveyer belt, and stared at me. I’m sure they were wondering what was up […]

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A Muslim in Batman Comics! What. Up.

December 29, 2010

I’m kinda sorta into comic books although not like how I used to be. The only title I read regularly now is DMZ, which is pretty different from my Superman comics now stored in the garage. However, I may just have to start picking up some Batman comics because there’s an actual honest-to-God, bona fide […]

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Me Like Books

November 30, 2010

Asking yourself if you want an e-reader is a valid question – I mean, it can reduce clutter, it can be cheaper in the long run, more convenient, and all that good stuff. I have to admit though, I’ve never been tempted by any e-reader, whether it be the Kindle, Nook, what have you. I […]

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My Top 3 Books. I *Think*. Don’t Quote Me

August 2, 2010

I just finished reading High Fidelity this past weekend (and couldn’t help but picture John Cusack as the main character, Rob, for obvious reasons) and in it, Rob always comes up with Top 5 lists. For instance, his top 5 albums, songs for funerals, episodes of Cheers, etc. I guess it was only appropriate then […]

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Book Review: The Butterfly Mosque

May 26, 2010

Meet G. Willow Wilson. She’s an American. She lived in Egypt for a while. She converted to Islam. She fell in love with a local. She wrote a book about all of this called The Butterfly Mosque. You should read it. After graduating from college in the summer of 2003, Wilson leaves for Cairo to […]

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Review: Footnotes in Gaza

March 21, 2010

Comics books are mostly associated with superheroes and fantastical stories. Yet, some use comic books, or graphic novels, as a medium to tell a compelling narrative. Journalist Joe Sacco is one of those people. He had previously documented and illustrated his time in Palestine and Bosnia with his books Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde. With […]

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The Zeitouns in San Francisco

March 13, 2010

A while ago, I wrote a review of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and have also mentioned it elsewhere in this blog a handful of times. This book is the true story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and what happened to him in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book is amazing and so when I […]

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