"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 consults to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and is a Global Affairs columnist for Stratfor.com. Anisa was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University. Her documentaries have appeared on PBS, ABC and National Geographic Television.
~ Join Anisa and friends in Times Square, New York, on September 19 for the unveiling of the digital replication of Syria’s great Palmyra Arch.
~ July 23 - Read Anisa’s latest Global Affairs column "Easing our Fears with Better Information.”
~ Anisa recently visited Amsterdam and wrote these reflections on the artwork at the extraordinary Rijksmuseum.
~ In June, Anisa regaled residents of Winchester Gardens with stories about Muslim women she’s interviewed around the world. The talk included a fashion show illuminating various interpretations of Quran regarding women’s attire.
~ Read Anisa’s comprehensive report on arts and Islamophobia in The Islamic Monthly magazine. She first delivered this as an academic paper at University of California’s Seventh Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia in April.
Anisa is America’s leading filmmaker on the Hajj pilgrimage. Her 2014 PBS film 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, 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.
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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 9, 2017. Anisa’s documentary film class meets Monday evenings, exploring films and their makers from 1920 to the present. Journeying through time we’ll watch films on war, sports, society and the arts, appreciating the subtleties of production and points of view.
“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
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