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"Current events reporting often confuses faith, culture, and politics. Anisa Mehdi helps sort them out." Society of Professional Journalists

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and writer specializing in religion and the arts. She was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University. Her documentary films have appeared on PBS, ABC and National Geographic Television.

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What's New

~ March 5 - Read my latest column "Jordan Buckles Under the Weight of Refugees" at STRATFOR.com. LIKE it and let me know what you think about it.

~ The Scarsdale Teachers Institute offers "Muslim Women: An Insider’s View" to be taught by Anisa Mehdi, March 11 and 12. See full course description on page 28 of the 2015-2016 School Year STI catalogue.

~ On Tuesday, April 5, Princeton University’s Bobst Center for Peace and Justice presents "Islam, Muslims, and our Phobic World": a look at media coverage of Islam and Muslims with ideas for broadening the conversation.
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, 4:30-6:00pm.
The lecture is free and open to the public.

~ STRATFOR.com welcomes Anisa Mehdi as the newest member of the global intelligence and advisory firm's editorial board.


~ March 1 a discussion of Islamophobia at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies).

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~ Monday Feb 29, it’s “Inside Mecca” at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

~ On February 23 Anisa Mehdi returns to alma mater for screening of “The Hajj" from “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” (PBS premiere December 23, 2014). Several of the Boston-based pilgrims will participate in the Q&A with the director following the screening at 5 pm in the Collins Cinema at Wellesley College.

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~ What do Anna Deavere Smith and Anisa Mehdi have in common?

We are both moderating panels at the January 2016 APAP/NYC Global performing arts conference and marketplace. Anisa leads the professional development conversation “Making Points of Entry: Models for Nurturing Participation in Arts and Culture,” on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9am-11am, in the Hilton, Trianon Ballroom.

Anisa's new film on the Hajj pilgrimage premiered December 23, 2014 on PBS stations nationwide. She tells the story of a group of Muslims from Boston as they complete the transformative rituals of the Hajj in 2013, facing setbacks and surprises along the way. The film is one of six documentaries in the series "Sacred Journeys" with Bruce Feiler and features Anisa as on-camera correspondent.

Watch Preview Below:

In this film series Anisa teams with WGBH television, Eaton Creative and Maya Vision International of London. She covers the annual pilgrimage from the point of view of group or community: what does it mean in 21st century American life to put other before self and to see other as self, in the midst of a physically and spiritually challenging adventure? We follow members and friends of the Islamic Society of Boston as they undertake this 1400-year-old sacred journey.

Anisa Mehdi: Documenting Life

Spring semester begins at Seton Hall University on January 12, 2016. Anisa’s documentary film class meets Mondays to explore the genre. We journey through time watching films on war, sports, society and the arts, appreciating the subtleties of production and point of view.


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“I thought that the case Anisa built was completely convincing and her replies to questions were a model of insight and empathy.”
Robert McDermott, CIIS president emeritus and professor of philosophy and religion

“Thank you for a wonderful presentation. I could have listened to you for another hour. It seemed as if you were having an intimate conversation with each of us.”
Richeleen Dashield, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Raritan Valley Community College

“You made important points about the role of art and creative expression [inThose who have faith know art cannot threaten it, Star-Ledger, September 29, 2006]. The piece is needed both for Muslims and others. Your message seems to be speaking to all quarters.”
David Bossman, Professor, Department of Jewish-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University; Editor, Biblical Theology Bulletin

“I really enjoyed the interview I had today with Anisa Mehdi. She gives such thoughtful and clear answers. I could talk to her over and over.”
David Lile, KFRU radio talk show host

“I was asked to name the 15-20 most influential US Muslims who are shaping what Muslims and non-Muslim think about Islam and Muslims and [Anisa Mehdi was] on my list.”
Tayyibah Taylor, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Azizah Magazine

Did you know Anisa's father?

Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi

Head of the American Arab Relations Committee and National Council on Islamic Affairs

How did he impress you? How did he inspire you? In what circumstances and when did your paths cross?

Anisa requests your input as she begins an in-depth biography of her father. Please send a story about or a memory of Dr. M.T. Mehdi to "An Arab Looks at America": MTM@anisamehdi.com

Include your contact information for possible follow-up.