Muslims on how to say some words used in Islam

We recorded this audio for “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans” to shows how some Muslims pronounce “Islam,” “Muslim,” “Allah” and “Ramadan mubarak,” which means, “Blessed Ramadan.”

The words are pronounced by a Pakistani-American woman in her 20s, a Lebanese-American in his late 50s and a girl and boy in middle school.

Variations can come from accents, where they grew up and whether they are using American or Arab types of pronunciation.

This month: Guide to Muslim Americans

Muslim front cover web resThis month, we expect to take delivery on the seventh guide in our Bias Busters series. This one answers 100 of the everyday questions that people ask about Muslim Americans. The questions were suggested by Muslims interviewed by students asked in a Michigan State University journalism class called Bias Busters.

This guide takes some steps forward for the series.

* It is our first to deal specifically with religion. While every guide so far has answered question about religion, this one deals specifically with a faith group. We plan to do that again.

* The guide has Stephanie Fenton’s extensive calendar of Islamic holidays, a great, hard-to-find resource.

* A foreword by John L. Esposito and a preface by Mohammad Hassan Khalil, scholars who know the subject inside and out.

* Student Cody Harrell’s excellent graphics, our best set so far. I can’t wait to see what they look like in the digital guide.

As usual, the guide is available in print and digital formats.

Bias Busters guides spark conversations

Michigan State students talk about cultural competence raised in Bias Busters diversity handbook.
Michigan State students brainstorm cultural issues in event at library..
We had a great night at the Michigan State University Library Oct. 28 when almost 100 people came out to hear about the Bias Busters project. They answered questions from “100 Questions and Answers About Americans” and then discussed in teams questions from “100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures.”

We asked international students from East Asian countries to join the various circles as resource people.

We talked about China’s relationship with Hong Kong, Korean and Japanese culture and difference among East Asian countries.

The guides led us to conversation, which is just what we want them to do.