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Caught in the web of inequalities: The Devadasis’ isolation


Trained in literature, dance, and music, Devdasis, or servants of God, are women and girls dedicated to temples in South India. A traditional religious practice among Hindus dating back to the 6th century, girls as young as seven are “married” to a temple deity and dedicate their lives to the performance of sacred rituals and […]

Religious Equity: A Path to Greater LGBTQ Inclusion


Religious liberty and LGBTQ civil rights are falsely portrayed as being at opposite ends of the cultural and policy spectrum. We have seen this in cases brought before the Supreme Court involving employment rights, commerce, marriage, and adoption. Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have recently even gone so far as to frame LGBTQ […]

DSA Muslim Caucus: a New Home for the Muslim Left


“Even if the end of time is upon you and you have a seedling in your hand, plant it.”

Betraying a Tradition of Religious Tolerance


BY MARIYA ILYAS AND CASSIE RASMUSSEN Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States—more commonly known as the “Muslim Ban”—which restricts immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. For a year now, the United States, a country founded on religious freedom, has been […]

It Doesn’t Matter if a Muslim Eats Pork


As Muslim-Americans, we need to play a more active role in defining our faith, or will continue to have others define it for us BY NADIA VISWANATH The tantalizing smell of pepperoni pizza. Greasy, cheesy, meaty, salty decadence—to me, it wafts of paradise. Once my go-to late-night snack in college, I have since given up […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Religionomics: Cultivating an Asian Perspective for Global Leaders


“Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western civilization.  In the villages of India, they never learned it.  They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways not.  That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom.”  –Steve […]

Gender, Race and Identity

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