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    “Mosque Alert” focuses on Islamophobia in society

    Students joined actors on Oct. 16, for a participatory play called “Mosque Alert” at the Kupferberg Center. “Mosque Alert” is about the construction of a new mosque in Naperville, Ill, which led to conflicts between two families of different religions. The two families learn more about each other and eventually put their differences aside. The cast consisted of actors such as Noam Ash, star of YouTube’s “My Gay Roommate.” “The creation of these characters really grew out of a development process,” Jamil Khoury, the play writer, said. “We started looking into this broader issue of the resistance of building mosques across the US.” The play began with each character’s backgrounds and belief systems. Mostafa Khalil,…

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    First Muslim college in the U.S. hopes to become a leading religious institution

    Founded in 2009 by Imam Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Hatem Bazian, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., is the first Muslim college in the U.S. The new school has 31 students and rents space from a Baptist seminary; it is not yet accredited. Zaytuna aims to combine traditional Islamic teachings with a contemporary perspective. According to its website, “there are no accredited academic institutions capable of training students in the varied sciences of Islam, while also instilling in them a sophisticated understanding of the intellectual history and culture of the West. Clearly, there is an essential need for Muslim institutions that can wed Islam’s classical texts with the contemporary context.” With regards to U.S.-Islamic…