I've just received my copy of the new-look glossy Illume magazine. Illume is an effort of a group of young American Muslims and gathers an impressive array of writers including Hesham Hassaballa, Zaid Shakir, Wajahat Ali and Shahed Amanullah, together with other writers whom I've not heard of and who are clearly much better than the ones I have!
Is that a fair assessment? Well, you'll have to subscribe to find out! Subscription is US$40 a year or US$72 for 2 years. If you're stupid and place no value on your brain cells, you will not subscribe.
One essay I'm looking forward to reading is Naeem Randhawa's Tea With The Taliban, an account of the author's 30 days in Afghanistan. The photos are fantastic. There's also an article by Antonio Graceffo on the Muslims of Cham in Cambodia, as well as an interview with New Yorker columnist Seymour Hersh.
Anyway, I'd better stop writing this post and start reading the magazine!
Words © 2008 Irfan Yusuf