Lulu Schwartz

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Lulu Schwartz
Born
Stephen Schwartz

(1948-09-09) September 9, 1948 (age 73)
OccupationJournalist, writer

Lulu Schwartz (born Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, September 9, 1948) is an American Sufi[1] journalist, columnist, and author. She has been published in a variety of media, including The Wall Street Journal.[2] She is the founder and executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Islamic Pluralism. In 2011–2012 she was a member of Folks Magazine's Editorial Board.[3]

She has been an adherent of the Hanafi school of Islam since 1997.[1] Her criticism of Islamic Fundamentalism, especially the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam, has attracted controversy.

She has also condemned the Islamic Republic of Iran stating that American academia is under threat of infiltration by radical Islamist state agents of Iran.[4]

Early life[edit]

Schwartz was born in Columbus, Ohio to Horace Schwartz, a Jewish independent bookseller. Her mother, the daughter of a Protestant preacher, was a career social services worker. Schwartz later described both of her parents as "radical leftists and quite antireligious",[5] her father a "fellow traveller", her mother a member of the Communist Party. She was baptized in the Presbyterian church as an infant.[5]

The family moved to San Francisco when she was young, where her father Horace became a literary agent.[6] She attended Lowell High School[6] She became affiliated with Leninist communism until 1984.[5]

Labor activism and literary career[edit]

After college, Schwartz became a member of the Sailors' Union of the Pacific. With others, she founded a small semi-Trotskyist group FOCUS.[7] In 1985, the S.U.P. commissioned Schwartz to write Brotherhood of the Sea: A History of the Sailors' Union of the Pacific as part of its of 100th anniversary commemoration.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote of Schwartz in 1989: "As he himself readily admits, Schwartz has made a lot of enemies over the years as he performed a series of dizzying ideological leaps: from the Industrial Workers of the World to meeting with Oliver North and the Outreach Group on Central America in the basement of the White House, from minuscule Trotskyist sects meeting in North Beach cafes to serving as a U.S. press representative for a Contra leader.[8]

In the 1990s, Schwartz spent a decade as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a member of the local union at the Chronicle, a branch of the Newspaper Guild.

At the end of 1997, she converted to Islam.[5] In 1999, Schwartz left the Chronicle, and moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she lived for the next 18 months.[9]

Schwartz supported the Iraq War.[10]

On March 25, 2005, Schwartz launched the Center for Islamic Pluralism. The center is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., with Schwartz as executive director.

In 2017, Schwartz came out as a transgender woman [11]

Political career[edit]

In 2020, under the name Stephen (Lulu) Schwartz, Schwartz ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in District 3. She came in fourth, with 1,374 votes (4.82 percent of the vote). The winner was Aaron Peskin.[12]

Published works[edit]

External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Schwartz on The Two Faces of Islam, February 2, 2003, C-SPAN
  • A Sleepwalker’s Guide to San Francisco: Poems from Three Lustra, 1966–1981. San Francisco: La Santa Espina, 1983.
  • Brotherhood of the Sea: A History of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1986. ISBN 0-88738-121-9.
  • Spanish Marxism vs. Soviet Communism: A History of the P.O.U.M (with Victor Alba). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1988. ISBN 0-88738-198-7.
  • A Strange Silence: The Emergence of Democracy in Nicaragua. San Francisco: ICS Press, 1992. ISBN 1-55815-071-4.
  • From West to East: California and the Making of the American Mind. New York: The Free Press, 1998. ISBN 0-684-83134-1.
  • Kosovo: Background to a War. London: Anthem Press, 2000. ISBN 1-898855-56-0
  • Intellectuals and Assassins: Writings at the End of Soviet Communism. New York: Anthem Press, 2001. ISBN 1-898855-55-2.
  • The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror. New York: Doubleday, 2002. ISBN 0-385-50692-9.[13]
  • An Activist's Guide to Arab and Muslim Campus and Community Organizations in North America Los Angeles: Center for the Study of Popular Culture, 2003 ISBN 9781886442344
  • Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook. London: Saqi Books, 2005. ISBN 0-86356-592-1.
  • Is It Good for the Jews?: The Crisis of America's Israel Lobby. New York: Doubleday, 2006. ISBN 0-385-51025-X.
  • The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony. New York: Doubleday, 2008. ISBN 0-385-51819-6.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Center for Islamic Pluralism.
  2. ^ E.g., see Schwartz's Intellectuals and Assassins (2001).
  3. ^ Magazine, Folks. "Folks Magazine". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Stephen (22 October 2016). "Is Iran Ratcheting Up Influence-Peddling in American Universities?". Centre for Islamic Pluralism.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d Schwartz, Stephen (2007-02-19). "Why I Chose Islam Instead of Judaism". Jewcy. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ a b Reidel, James (2002). "Ex-Libris Weldon Kees". The Cortland Review (Fall 2002).
  7. ^ Alexander, Robert International Trotskyism: a documented analysis of the world movement Durham, Duke University Press 1991 p. 943
  8. ^ Rauber,Paul (August 30, 1989) "Who Is Stephen Schwartz..." San Francisco Bay Guardian. Page 17.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Stephen. "Behind the Balkan Curtain". San Francisco Faith, May 2000.
  10. ^ Bacon, Katie (April 2003). "The Real Islam". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.islamicpluralism.org/2705/our-founder-transition-and-political-candidacy-in
  12. ^ City and County of San Francisco. November 3, 2020 Election Results - Summary. (Retrieved November 13, 2020.)
  13. ^ Note: The subtitle on the paperback version was changed to Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism.

External links[edit]

Interviews