Profile of Progressive Muslim Think Tank

June 26, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 26, 2004 the Los Angeles Times profiled the progressive Muslim website, "which was established last year by two UCLA graduates, Ahmed Nassef and Jawad Ali. With more than 800 articles posted and 90,000 hits per month, the site is billed as representing the 'vanguard of the progressive Muslim movement'... The nascent movement aims for a broad-based reformation that champions social justice, gender equality, pluralism and free inquiry into the full range of the religion's 1,400-year-old traditions. The website and movement are attracting a largely younger, Americanized Muslim audience that finds most mosques and U.S. Islamic organizations too conservative and rigid, Nassef said. In recent months, Muslim Wakeup! has organized monthly gatherings in several cities to bring progressive Muslims together to brainstorm on how to advance the cause."