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Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy in the classroom.

Meet the Muslim Woman Awarded US Professor of the Year

I never knew chemistry could be a source of happiness, excitement and create positively critical citizens until I heard it from Collin College Professor Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy. Her unique relationship with Chemistry not only makes her a passionate mentor, but also earned her the title 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation…

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Death Threats At Virginia Tech: How Should Muslims Respond?

The Washington Post reported that Virginia Tech found graffiti inside a bathroom stall in Price Hall that stated, “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all muslims (sic)”. According to the institute’s publication The Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech Police Department is investigating the death threat and are collecting information via phone and online. President…

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Trendy Neocolonialism: Saving Third World Girls

The Obamas struck a deal recently with Pakistan’s leader Nawaz Sharif; they are investing $70 million to educate Pakistani girls. It’s part of Michelle’s Let Girls Learn initiative that aims at “helping adolescent girls attend school and complete their education.” “The first lady’s office hopes the awareness campaign will help girls overcome barriers such as…

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The ‘Nudity’ of Westernized Feminism

I was living in Montreal, Canada in 2010 and attending a French class to improve my language skills. I remember the lively and diverse group of students I studied and conversed with. I also remember the hot days of that summer and the challenge of having to wear my headscarf and modest clothing in high…