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Book Offers Varied Perspectives from Muslim Women on Wearing the Veil

Posted on · (Above: L-R Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, co-editor of “Mirror on the Veil: A Collection of Personal Essays on Hijab and Veiling,” and essay contributors Rev. Nell Green and Saadia Faruqi. Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media) Should Muslim women be banned from wearing the hijab in the workplace? A recent ruling by the European court […]

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Houston’s Pension Bill, and Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Fahrenthold: Tuesday’s Show (April 18, 2017)

Posted on · There was a lot of hand-wringing last year when the major investment services downgraded the City of Houston’s credit rating, citing growing unfunded pension liabilities as a major reason for the move. Well, a year later, Mayor Sylvester Turner has secured an agreement with two of the city’s three classifications of city workers – municipal […]

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In the Wake of Paris Attacks, Should Muslims Have to Defend Islam?

Posted on · We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

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Reacting to Terrorism: Monday’s Show (November 16, 2015)

Posted on · We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Aim to Educate Houstonians About Life in Pakistan

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Saadia Faruqi, author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. Faruqi has worked in Houston’s non-profit sector and has […]

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Houston’s Missing NHL Franchise: Tuesday’s Show (July 14, 2015)

Posted on · For the first time since 1997, the National Hockey League is considering expanding. Starting this month, the 30-team professional hockey league has begun accepting bids for new franchises. Houston would seem, on the surface, to be a natural choice – the fourth largest city in the country, the largest in North America without an NHL team, […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]