China’s brutal treatment of the Muslim Uighur population is by now well known. More than a million ethnic Uighur people–who are Muslims–have been detained in China’s Xinjiang region. In the camps, men, women and children are put through a “reeducation” program to assimilate them to traditional Chinese culture. Family members have disappeared. Arabic writing in … More China’s Uighur Muslims Make a Case for Mental Harm & Genocide
Moving to a new country is tough. Now, imagine that, when you touch down after more than 13 hours in transit, it’s 10 pm at night. The meal you’re about to ravenously eat is the last one you’ll have until 6:30pm the next evening. This pattern will repeat itself day after day. You will not … More Eid Mubarak! My First Ramadan
On December 27th, 2014 I embarked on a 13-day Eurotrip which lead me through 5 different countries, accompanied by my sister for three of them. Although my plans of visiting Muslim places of interest were dashed due to time constraints, locations and preferences, I did get some great exposure to Jewish Europe. A recap: Budapest, Hungary Muslims have had a … More EuroTrip 2015: Islam and Judaism in Europe
At the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly’s General Debate, world leaders took to the podium to address domestic and world issues. Unsurprisingly, the topic on everyone’s agenda was the Middle East, especially the Islamic State (IS or ISIS). But besides the bold, if messy, speech of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of … More Instigating the Islamic State
Now that Ramadan 2013 and Eid al-Fitr have concluded, let’s take a look at a high’s and low’s round-up of what went down. High’s Although my husband and I didn’t celebrate Eid al-Fitr together, we had an iftar dinner during the last week of Ramadan along with a friend of mine who is a Muslim … More Eid al-Fitr 2013: More than Just Fun and Fanoos
The headscarf is so entrenched in the daily style of many Muslim cultures that it seems impossible that it was discouraged and even banned at times in countries like Egypt and Algeria. If Hoda Sharaawi today stepped off the train back from Europe and threw off her abaya as she did in 1923, it would … More Headscarf Banning Around the World
It’s the happiest and, one could argue, the worst of times for the world’s Muslim population. Although the holy month of Ramadan is filled with joy and celebration (and empathy!) Muslims also have to suffer through fasting during a brutal summer month. Of course, most Muslim’s wouldn’t use the word suffer, since it is supposed … More Get Ready, Set, Fast! Ramadan!
I’d first like to sincerely apologize for neglecting this blog for the past couple of months. Unfortunately I had to prioritize between my personal blog and research versus my research for school. My first semester as a graduate student in international affairs was challenging not only in terms of the amount of reading we had … More I’m Back! And More Inspired by the Middle East than Ever!
2012 was an all-around nightmare for the Middle East, politically, economically, socially: no stone was left upturned The turmoil and strife of 2012 needs to be left behind, and 2013 needs to be the year of peace and prosperity! A list of resolutions for the New Year: 1. Syria: The ending of the war between State … More 2013 Resolutions for the Middle East
How do you shoot a 14-year old girl? The whole world is waiting and watching, praying that Malala Yousufzai doesn’t die from the bullets that pierced her head and body after gunmen opened fire on her while she was riding a school bus. Yet even with the strong outcry against this cowardly action, the Taliban … More A Hero: Malala Yousufzai