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Living as a Muslim in a Post-9/11 World

Posted Friday, August 3, 2007

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When Cleveland native Aisha Samad went to jail she expected to have to fight for her innocence, but she didn't expect to have to fight for her faith. A practicing Muslim, Aisha had worn the customary head covering since she was 17, and when Cuyahoga County officials told her she had to remove it to appear in court, she was shocked. But what shocked her more was the outpouring of support she received, not just from Muslims, but from the Jewish community. Friday morning, we'll talk to Aisha and other local Muslims about how the challenges of a post 9-11 world have both tested and renewed their faith. That's at nine on 90.3.


Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Terrorism


Aisha Samad, retired nurse
Ramez Islambouli, Imam, professor of Islamic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
Fouad Hamed, retired teacher
Fareed Siddiq, business owner

Additional Information

Read Newsweek's recent report on the vulnerability of Muslims in the United States.
Hear David C. Barnett's recent coverage of the 70th anniversary of the First Mosque of Cleveland

Suggested readings from the panelists
Islam: A Straight Path, John Esposito
A Short History of Islam, Karen Armstrong
Muhammed: A Prophet of All Ages, Karen Armstrong
Muhammed: A Biography, Karen Armstrong
on VHS/DVD: Islam: Empire of Faith, Muhammad: A Legacy of a Prophet, and Hajj: A Journey of Faith

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