on being a filmmaker, a journalist
and an American Muslim
In the interviews
that follow, explorefaith asked Anisa Mehdi about her faith background, her
personal relationship with God in an era of ongoing terrorist attacks, her
understanding of Islam, and the roles and rights of women in Islamic society.
Mehdi’s candor, clarity and insight offer yet another window into the Islamic
faith; her examples of inter-religious harmony—both personal and in
community—demonstrate that windows opened through understanding can also become
doors to reconciliation.
Anisa Mehdi on...
Being an American Muslim, Pre and Post September 11
We were going to Sunday school to make friends, to learn about the stories of the Bible, to learn music (I had a fabulous music director at this church.... We were always encouraged to explore our own spirituality. We were never told: This is what you need to believe. Simultaneously, we were learning about Islam....Read More
Terrorism & Politics
What people are angry about is what human beings have been angry about forever. Political inequity, economic inequity, dictators who are keeping all the money for the upper classes and leaving their nations impoverished. The aggression of a more-powerful nation upon a less-powerful nation. It’s all politics. It really has nothing to do with religion.... Read More
Women's Rights and Islamic Law
I would also like the stories to be told of what the reality was for Muslim women in the early days of Islam. That is very different from what we see typically in the media today…scenes of oppression, lack of opportunity professionally, lack of opportunity for education, which, as I've said before, are cultural mandates rather than religious mandates on these people....Read More