Oh France, you have done it again. After attempts to ban the hijab, the burqa, and the niqab - as visible symbols of the “Islamification” of the precious French (i.e. white) identity - there is a new controversy that finds French Muslims unwillingly pitted against their non-Muslim countrymen.Read More
Dubai, home of its eponymous film festival, fashion week, and cutting-edge architecture (including the tallest building in the world), is clearly the Islamic world’s leader in cultural exhibition. Continuing in this spirit was last week’s 4th annual Art Dubai expo, a large, multicultural contemporary art fair repping 70 galleries from every corner of the earth, including Sydney, Madrid, Paris, Mumbai, Istanbul, Beirut, Berlin, Budapest, and of course Dubai itself.
When violence broke out between the Uyghur and the Han Chinese last year, China went on a PR campaign to ensure that their strategic partnerships with the Middle East don’t suffer. The world quickly learned that when Arab countries claim to push for the rights of their Muslim brothers and sisters, they only really mean their Arab-Muslim brothers and sisters. China was able to keep a fire from starting (wouldn’t want to ruin those oil deals!) as the Middle East remained fairly quiet about the whole ordeal. Now, China and the Middle East are about to get a whole lot closer than they already were. Read More
Art aficionados, listen up - last night marked the kick-off of Art Dubai, an annual art extravaganza that draws the best of the best in collectors, artists and art enthusiasts, celebrating the vibrant art culture stemming from over 30 countries in the Middle East, South Asia and more. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 4-day event, which is hailed as the biggest contemporary art fair in the Middle East. Read More
One thousand decked out New Yorkers of all backgrounds - Israeli, Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and otherwise - gathered at M2 Ultralounge in New York for the annual Peace Market benefit for Seeds of Peace. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization that funds camps on neutral ground for children from conflict nations (most notably Israel and Palestine, but more recently, Pakistan and India) so that they can learn about leadership, conflict resolution, and about each other.
BismillahOne of my most memorable childhood memories was taking the trip to the library with my mother to get an official library card. I was a regular at our local community library and went there nearly every day of the summer break for many years, mastering the art of reading and walking. The library was [...]