Michael Vicente Perez

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Michael Vicente Perez

Michael Perez is a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly and a regular columnist.


Michael Perez is a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly and a regular columnist.



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The Crisis Unseen

Palestinians Flee Syria with Fewer Options than Ever  War and mass destruction in Syria and Iraq have compelled hundred


Palestinians Flee Syria with Fewer Options than Ever  War and mass destruction in Syria and Iraq have compelled hundreds of thousands of refugees to leave the Middle East for Europe. In 2014, approximately 220,000 people reached the European Union mostly by sea. During the first six months of 2015, more than half that number arrived […]

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The Intolerable Possibility of Slavery: A Muslim Perspective

Many Muslims are talking about slavery today. Thanks to the so-called Islamic State, Muslims and the public more general


Many Muslims are talking about slavery today. Thanks to the so-called Islamic State, Muslims and the public more generally are asking the question, “Is slavery permitted in Islam?” If so, when and how (what form)? At first glance, the question seems worth asking. Some Muslims are enslaving people, women in particular. Thus it seems sensible […]

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American Privilege or The Unbearable Lightness Of Being White

What does it mean to be post-racial? The very idea is at once radical and absurd: radical insofar as envisioning a world


What does it mean to be post-racial? The very idea is at once radical and absurd: radical insofar as envisioning a world without race seems liberating; absurd insofar as envisioning a world without race seems impossible. A critical assessment of the proposition, however, is not a pointless exercise. It is a worthwhile idea to examine […]

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C’mon Muslims, Music is Awesome

Last year, I completed an important pilgrimage. In November-December of 2013, I traveled to Portland, then to Spokane, a


Last year, I completed an important pilgrimage. In November-December of 2013, I traveled to Portland, then to Spokane, and finally back to Seattle to see, to hear, and to experience (a la Hendrix, of course) the music of my favorite rock band: Pearl Jam. This wasn’t the first time I’d seen the band. The last […]

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Defense as Annihilation in Gaza

Reflections from the 11th day of what Israel calls this “Operation Protective Edge.”   Israel calls this “Ope


Reflections from the 11th day of what Israel calls this “Operation Protective Edge.”   Israel calls this “Operation Protective Edge”.  On the 11th day of this operation, it took the lives of 230 Palestinians. Hamas’s attacks, which as far as I can tell have no formal name, have killed one Israeli.  The number of Palestinians […]

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Does a Women-only Pool Mean Segregation? Not Quite.

What does it mean to have separate spaces for women and men? Is a women-only pool, for example, exclusive or discriminat


What does it mean to have separate spaces for women and men? Is a women-only pool, for example, exclusive or discriminatory? From a slightly different perspective, can we say that a shared pool – a woman-and-man-only pool – is also exclusive or divisive? Last year, in the Washington county that includes Seattle and Tukwila, King […]

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Will the Real Salafi Please Stand Up!

  The Threat of Muslim Labels or well over a decade, various categories have been created to identify, describe, en


  The Threat of Muslim Labels or well over a decade, various categories have been created to identify, describe, engage and, in some cases, control Muslims. In 2007, for example, the influential RAND Corporation issued a report titled “Building Moderate Muslim Networks.” According to RAND, “moderate” Muslims “share the key dimension of democratic culture,” which […]

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Beyond the Palestinian Empathy Movement

In a recent article in The New York Review of Books titled “The American Jewish Cocoon,” Peter Beinart makes the cas


In a recent article in The New York Review of Books titled “The American Jewish Cocoon,” Peter Beinart makes the case that many American Jews live, as the title suggests, in a cocoon. The cocoon he’s referring to is really a set of structural limits within American Jewish institutions that preclude interactions with Palestinians. Many […]

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Remembering the Million Man March and the Role of Men in Our Communities

October 16 will be the 18-year anniversary of the Million Man March. Although forgotten by many, this event marked a cri


October 16 will be the 18-year anniversary of the Million Man March. Although forgotten by many, this event marked a critical moment in American history. Not since the March on Washington in 1963 had the nation’s capitol witnessed such a powerful display of mass unity and purpose among the Black American community. Led by the […]

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Friedman’s Folly and the Islamophobic Razor

“But we must ask a question only Muslims can answer: What is going on in your community that a critical number of your


“But we must ask a question only Muslims can answer: What is going on in your community that a critical number of your youth believes that every American military action in the Middle East is intolerable and justifies a violent response, and everything Muslim extremists do to other Muslims is ignorable and calls for mostly […]