2015 has been, to say the least, rather momentous, and continues to be as it draws to a close. We at Beacon Press are so grateful to our brilliant authors who have offered their time and insights to analyze and comment on this year's events. Their posts—with topics ranging from race to cultural or class dynamics and to the environment—have been, if you will, a true beacon for the Broadside. Before we bid farewell to 2015, we would like to share a collection of some our most-read posts. This list is by no means exhaustive. Make sure to peruse our archives. You can expect to see more thought-provoking essays and commentary from our contributors in 2016. Happy New Year!
I often think awkwardness is my superpower. No one else I know has such a deft way of turning an ordinary situation into a hot mess of confusion and apprehension. People have noticed—particularly at work, where I seem to bumble my way through meetings and pleasantries with high-powered executives.
Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, editors of 'Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy,' recommend six groundbreaking titles as part of the #RamadanReads campaign, a “book buying revolution” meant to celebrate and support diverse and divergent stories and storytellers in the Muslim community.
Mohammed Shamma, a contributor to 'Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy', remembers back to a Ramadan in 1982, when he was a young boy learning to heal from the loss of his father.
A contributor to 'Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy' recalls the difficult yet rewarding lessons of his first Ramadan, when he was still unprepared for the physical and spiritual rigors he would encounter.
John Austin, a black American convert to Islam, describes the struggles for acceptance he's experienced and the path to peace he eventually found.
The 30 Days of Love Campaign is an interfaith project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association that aims to "harness love’s power to stop oppression" through a combination of community activism and outreach.