Muslims Reach Out into Mainstream Media and Pop Culture

August 22, 2004

Source: The State (S.C.)

On August 22, 2004 The State (S.C.) reported that, "a group of 20- and 30-something Muslims are combining its faith with pop culture elements, ranging from edgy Web sites to comedy. It’s all part of an increasing effort, they say, to increase Muslims’ impact on mainstream American society and to help non-Muslims understand the culture of Islam and, in the aftermath of 9/11, to see their Muslim neighbors in a nonthreatening way. One of the year’s high-profile elements of this trend — the 'Allah Made Me Funny' tour — is coming Saturday to Columbia’s Keenan Theatre... Comedy is not the only vehicle young Muslims are using to heighten America’s awareness of Islam. The Internet has become a prime venue for Muslims, particularly those who espouse a more progressive approach to the faith, to share their experiences and perspectives. One of the most visible Web sites is w , founded in late 2003 by two University of California-Los Angeles graduates. The site features everything from Web journals and fiction to Islamic love poetry, political discussions and message boards."