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Love of soccer bridges huge cultural divides in diverse Michigan city

By Graham Liddell / April 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Love of soccer bridges huge cultural divides in diverse Michigan city

HAMTRAMCK, Michigan — With two boys in maroon soccer jerseys in the back seat of her SUV, Maria Martínez navigates slippery, pot-holed streets past the chain-link fencing of a General Motors assembly plant slated for closure, multi-lingual awnings of Yemeni restaurants and Polish bakeries, a green-and-white brick neighborhood mosque and the neon signs of a…

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Young Muslims find meaning and inspiration in science fiction novels

By Kimberly Winston / December 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Young Muslims find meaning and inspiration in science fiction novels

Looking for a sense of belonging in an era when Muslims often face suspicion and prejudice, Farah Rishi stepped across the threshold to another world, one of fantasy and scientific wonders.  In the pages of a novel by Octavia Butler, an African-American woman whose science fiction writings expressed her frustrations as a woman of color,…

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