Recognizing Ramadan in Pittsburgh

  This post was written and researched by World Affairs Council intern, Jalyn Evans Over a billion Muslims around the world are ending their season of Ramadan at sundown on July 28th. Ramadan is a 30-day period in which Muslims fast–abstaining from daytime food and drink. Learning about this sacred time for Muslims provides us … Read More

Soliya: Connecting Muslim Communities with the West

For the next eight weeks, I will be joining the organization Soliya as a volunteer group facilitator for their Connect Program. Soliya’s mission is “to improve relations between Western and predominantly Muslim societies by enabling youth to participate in cross-cultural dialogue and education. Soliya’s programs use video conferencing and new media to connect young people … Read More

>EMEA Mondays: A Primer on Islamic Finance

>How does getting a loan without paying interest sound? Impossible? Not if you get a loan from an Islamic bank. Islamic banking principles are guided by Sharia, or Islamic law. Generally, that means Islamic banks can’t charge you interest (riba) on the loan (Islam says it’s unethical to make money off of money that you … Read More