islamwich’s 2014 in Review

islamwich’s 2014 in Review

Written by Theresa Corbin

As we face the end of the Gregorian calender year, I find myself thinking it wasn’t enough time. Somehow this year was shorter than all the previous years. And those previous years were shorter than their predecessors, and so on in an ever shorter year-scape.

But mostly, I think that I just get slower as the years pass. Or lazier. It is hard to say which, and collecting the data to determine whether I am slower of just lazier seems like too much work.

So as a tribute to a year that has passed too quickly, let us remember with fondness some stuff that went down here on islamwich.

We made some new friends!

Siam, I am
Siam, I am
Elmasry the Artisan
Elmasry the Artisan

We collaborated with other bloggers.

a joke for those of us who survived the 90s.
a joke for those of us who survived the 90s.

We started discussing the serious stuff with our “Take Back Islam” series. 


We raised money for good causes in Ramadan with our “Ramadan Giving” series.


We tried out bylines … But they annoyed everyone, so we 86’d them. YOLO!

bye, bye, byline

We protested the assault on Gaza. And we continue to protest the occupation.

New Orleans stands with Palestine protest on Aug 1. Protestor holds her sign to show support.
New Orleans stands with Palestine protest on Aug 1. Protestor holds her sign to show support.

We shared some recipes– and rewrote some to make them halal.

halal gumbo

CNN brought a lot of traffic our way.

Me on CNN

We demystified some Quran.

quran.karim by lechistani
quran.karim by lechistani

We tried our hand at humor. We complained about culture clash and promoted understanding. We wondered when we would ever get over our Pinterest addiction (never! why would we?).  And we did so much more. But still, it seems as if we were short on time.

What’s to come in 2015?

Look for more guest posts- written by those with different perspective on the Muslim ‘merican experience.

Look for me, Corbin, on Bela Hodood (“without frontiers”) on Al-Jazeera in January.

Come on down South to the beautiful city of Memphis were I will be giving a speech entitled “An Open Invitation to Understanding Islam and the Muslims” in March. Update: too late! But you can watch it here.

Stay tuned for more of my serious series “Take Back Islam” and foolhardy attempts at comedy, more narratives from Siam, more fun and friendly lists from Lawrence, and more islamwich beautification from Elmasry.

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12 thoughts on “islamwich’s 2014 in Review

  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته my sisters!
    I was so lucky, because I found you on Republika online. From that, I could follow your great blog n made beautiful friendship with your friends. Alhamdulillah. I wrote your name n your blog’s link in my page “about me”, as my thankful to you, Sister. You n your blog had inspired me n my blog, indeed! Jazakillah khoir katsiron for everything, sister! May Allah bless you all, and may Allah preserve our friendship, ameen, insha’Allah.😊

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    1. Ameen! I am so thankful that you found me and my blog too. You have become a dear friend and such a positive person in my life. Jazakum Allah Khair. May Allah grant you success in this life and the next!

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  2. What a wonderful year for Islamwich and all this wonderful team, hip hip hurray. Here is hoping 2015 will be equally productive and more crazier, LOL.
    Yes CNN was quite a rave and I got so many clicks on that story, so thanks to you for agreeing for that, looking forward to this January thinge 🙂
    Oh, thank you also very much for crediting our collaboration and I will sharing The Human Len’s review in coming week.
    Keep rocking!

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      1. InshAllah am on that review and the peshawar children obituary post while Sitara is driving me nuts. lol, its fun to be on holiday and stay awake till late doing my thinge!
        Best wishes for you for the new year!! Yay!

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