Every week, one Massachusetts couple parks themselves in front of the Cambridge Public Library with free coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts and a large sign that prompts: “Ask a Muslim.” Mona Haydar is a Syrian American Muslim from Michigan, and her husband Sebastian is a convert to Islam. In an effort to combat fear and prejudice toward Muslims in America, Mona and Sebastian invite passersby to ask questions about Islam and engage in constructive dialogue.
Muyi Xiao is currently studying New Media Narratives at International Center of Photography in New York City. Her work has been featured in international publications including The New York Times, BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. Before coming to New York, she was based in Beijing and employed at Tencent News as a photojournalist while freelancing for Reuters.