About Ali Eteraz

Ali Eteraz, 28, is a contributor to Jewcy, where his focus has been on Islam and the Muslim world. He is working on a book entitled Children of Dust (forthcoming 2009). The late philosopher, Richard Rorty, called his writings "impressive."

He lives in Las Vegas, the East Coast and various unnamed locations.

Hot For Hookah

By April 11, 2008

Hookah is not what a Soprano calls a prostitute. Also known as nargila, ghelyun, sheesha, chillam, hubbly bubbly, or simply water-pipe, hookah is to the Muslim world what a pint or a lager or a Bud Light is to Americans: … Read More

Geert Wilders’ ‘Fitna’ is Boring, Pointless Anti-Islamic Propaganda

By March 28, 2008

I just watched Islamophobic Dutch right-winger Geert Wilders' film, Fitna. He had promised it to be too shocking, too frightening, too disturbing and much of the world was holding its breath in morbid, anxious, wait for its release. The media … Read More

Muslamism May Spell The Death Of The West

By March 28, 2008

First they told us that not all Muslims were evil. We didn't resist. Then they told us that not all Muslims were Islamo-fascists. We stayed silent. Then they told us that not all Muslims were Islamists. We conceded the point. … Read More

Why We Shouldn’t Use The Term “Christo-Fascism”

By March 25, 2008

In Chris Hedges' New York Times bestselling, Oprah-endorsed book American Fascists, Hedges repeatedly uses the term 'Christo-fascism'. Hedges essentially equates fundamentalist Christians in the deep South with Nazis and Japanese fascists. I have no love for Evangelicals — especially given … Read More

Posing As A Jew, An Iraqi Learns About Anti-Semitism

By March 21, 2008

Farris Hassan, the young Iraqi-American from Florida who left home and snuck into the AP offices in Iraq in 2005, engaged in another interesting "immersion" project after returning. At the height of the Israel-Hezbollah War, he went to Dearborn, Michigan, … Read More

Obama Silences His Critics

By March 18, 2008

Everytime it appears that Barack Obama is teetering, he goes up the podium and gives a speech and the critics are silenced. His potency lies in the fact that he acknowledges his critics. His skill rests in being able to … Read More

Calling Obama “Muslim” Isn’t Accurate, But It’s Not An Insult Either

By March 3, 2008

During the course of the presidential campaign, many of the candidates – and their staffers – on both sides of the political aisle have behaved in a way that has left Muslim citizens of this country feeling like a fifth … Read More

Is Today’s “Letter of Harmony” A Sign of Emerging Islamic Reformation?

By February 26, 2008

There is an emerging Islamic Counter-Reformation — an attempt led by traditional Islamic scholars to try and wrest authority back from demagogues and terrorists. In the late 90's and early parts of this century, Islamic clerics saw people like Bin … Read More