Islamic Art and Culture
American Creations
a reporting project of Round Earth Media

Tom Franklin for Round Earth Media

Laila Lalami • Ellen Schmidt for Round Earth Media

Iftar • Paul Middlestaedt for REM

Eslah Attar for Round Earth Media

Ifrah Mansour • Caroline Yang for Round Earth Media

Rahim AlHaj • Pinar Istek for Round Earth Media


our purpose

In an era of misinformation and outrage, one of the most fraught relationships is the one between 3.5 million American Muslims and their neighbors. This project is Round Earth Media’s contribution to addressing that tension.

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Time and again, the arts and culture have proven to be among the most effective ways of overcoming misunderstanding. Literature, fashion and food have a role, as well as music, drama, comedy, rituals and celebrations. One of the surest ways of putting culture before a broader audience is to share the stories of the thoughtful, energetic people who create it.

Round Earth Media is reaching out across the country in an ambitious two-year effort to dig out underreported stories. We are seeking examples of those who are using culture to put an innovative spin on the American Dream, and those who are shutting out the vitriol to learn more about each other’s lives, culture and traditions. Our aim is to give them the widest possible audience – through publication in mainstream media, both in the United States and in Muslim-majority countries.

Ramadan Mubarak lantern | Tom Franklin for Round Earth Media
Ramadan Mubarak lantern | Tom Franklin for Round Earth Media

Recent Stories:

Giving Deeper Thought to Arab Heritage

By Stephanie Russell-Kraft | January 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Giving Deeper Thought to Arab Heritage

A grassroots effort to learn more about Arab culture has developed into a larger community in three continents. NEW YORK – The topic might be the economics of making baklava or the…

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‘Trauma is inherited and we can’t heal unless we learn’

By Aida Alami | November 13, 2019 | Comments Off on ‘Trauma is inherited and we can’t heal unless we learn’

MEE speaks to Somali multimedia artist, Ifrah Mansour, about her play, ‘How to Have Fun in a Civil War’ and her work on intergenerational trauma Ifrah Mansour was five years old when civil…

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Arabic with a Jersey accent

By Zahra Hankir | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Arabic with a Jersey accent

Immigrants are reviving Paterson, N.J., from its difficult past. It was nearly 6,000 miles from the family and friends he left in Egypt a year ago to the park bench where Ismail…

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Humanizing the Arab World in America

By Hallie Golden | September 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Humanizing the Arab World in America

Playwright Yussef El Guindi is determined to confront U.S. laws, rhetoric and fears tied to Arab-Americans. SEATTLE – When terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Yussef…

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Our Method

At Round Earth Media, we believe that there is power in good journalism; that there is a hunger for real information extending deep into our growing “news deserts.”

We also believe that, even as the collapse of their traditional model has hollowed out U.S. media organizations, a generation of young journalists is eager for the chance to reinvent that model for the 21st century.

We know the stories haven’t disappeared; it’s just that there often is no one left to tell them.

Our experienced editors prioritize finding knowledgeable young journalists, and then work with them to create vivid stories – in works, in images and in sound – that meet the craft’s highest standards

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