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Why some Muslim women feel empowered wearing hijab, a headscarf

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity.

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Understanding IslamUnderstanding Islam – a brief introduction to its past and present in the United States

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — Fewer than half of Americans report knowing someone who is Muslim. Here we explain Islam, its diversity and its long history in the United States.

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Understanding IslamWhat do Muslims believe and do? Understanding the 5 pillars of Islam

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — There are five pillars – or basic tenets – of Islamic faith. Each of these pillars is an important part of being Muslim.

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Understanding IslamAmerica’s Muslims come from many traditions and cultures

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — Many Muslims belong to one of two sects of Islam, which agree on most of the fundamentals of Islam but vary in others.

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Understanding IslamIslam’s deep traditions of art and science have had a global influence

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — Knowing the historical contributions of Islam and its influence on other faiths can help counter many assumptions about the religion today.

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Understanding IslamWhat is Sharia? Islamic law shows Muslims how to live, and can be a force for progress as well as tool of fundamentalists

By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — Sharia constitutes a broad set of rules that guide Muslims on how to lead an ethical life. The way Sharia is interpreted depends on who is using it and why.

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QuestionHow much do you know about Islam?

By Martin La Monica, Emily Costello and Thalia Plata, The Conversation — If you’ve read the six-article series on Understanding Islam, test your knowledge with this quiz.

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