Megan Cort: Bridging Cultures

Megan Cort recently returned from a language intensive in Amman, Jordan; she currently works for International Arts and Artists.   Growing up in a predominantly white, Christian, small town in western Massachusetts, I had very little knowledge of the Islamic faith. I still remember, quite vividly, someone discussing the concept of a pilgrimage to Mecca, […]

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Megan Cort Bridging Cultures

MALA Launches Storytelling Partnerships for Vets, Homefront Heroes

MALA is proud to launch two new inititiatives in partnership with two outstanding institutions. These initiatives will preserve the oral histories of two overlapping communities: U.S. veterans across all conflicts, and the “homefront heroes” of World War II. MALA is honored to foster the recognition of Muslim Americans in the ranks of both. The first […]

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Call for Stories Veterans WWII Home Front

Ramiz Shaikh: Finding a Place in the Melting Pot

Ramiz Shaikh shares his journey from growing up as a Muslim in Hindu-majority India to exploring his identity in the melting pot of America.   I was born in Ahmedabad, India, and spent most of my teenage and adult life in Great Barrington, a small town in Southern Berkshire, Massachusetts. My family lived in an […]

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Ramiz Shaikh

Baktash Ahadi: Serving the Greater Good

Baktash Ahadi is currently an instructor at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute where he teaches diplomats about Afghanistan. Baktash holds degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and from Susquehanna University. He is on the boards of the Susquehanna University Executive Alumni Board, Friends of Afghanistan, and the Yellow Breeches Educational Center.    I […]

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Baktash Ahadi Serving the Greater Good

Laleh Bakhtiar: I Follow the Religion of Love

Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, PhD, has a BA in History from Chatham College in Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy, an MA in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. ​ Dr. Bakhtiar has been practising Islam for over 30 years under her teacher, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. She […]

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Laleh Bakhtiar I Follow the Religion of Love