It wasn’t so long ago when US colleges and universities dismissed Islam as a serious subject of study. A broken arm set off the chain of events that sent Philip Khuri Hitti from Lebanon to Princeton, where he created the first program in Near Eastern Studies in the US.
Many American Muslims breathed a collective sigh of relief when they heard the annual Eid al-Adha holiday would fall on Sept. 12, instead of the painful anniversary of Sept. 11. One religious leader hopes the coincidence will spark some deep reflection.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have upped the ante in their war of words. Both are now denouncing the other's Islamic legitimacy. The two Persian Gulf powers are already locked in numerous proxy conflicts across the region. The US is not happy about the mess.
It isn't easy being Muslim and black in Minnesota, where there have been two police killings of black men in less than a year. But Somali immigrants are finding power in joining with their African American neighbors.
Daniel Estrin reports on the resignation of the Palestinian parliament. Members of the ruling Fatah party hope the move will give them more credibility ahead of scheduled legislative and presidential elections in September.
Non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan have operated 11 women's shelters. Now the Afghan government says it's taking over to rein in costs. The BBC's Quentin Somerville speaks with anchor Lisa Mullins.
The BBC's Jon Donnison provides a view of happenings on the ground in the strip of Palestinian territory. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern/ Islamic Studies and History at New York University, helps explain the recent democracy movements.
During the protests in Egypt and Tunisia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government praised the uprisings, saying that the "era of puppet regimes" had come to an end. Our three guests help contextualize recent events.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed for nearly a half century. Now it could be part of the next Egyptian government. It officially advocates sharia law but members have their differences. The World's Ben Gilbert has the story.
Reporter Daniel Estrin tells us that sexual harassment is fairly common in Egypt. A study by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights have found that 60 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women are harassed on a daily basis.
The Muslim Brotherhood is just one of the groups and individuals calling for new systems of government across the Middle East. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Zachary Lockman, a professor of Middle Eastern studies, for a sense of the different players.