2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014
Society cannot get enough of telling women how to display their bodies. Whether we are being told to cover up or to strip down, to go out with naked faces or to rougez les levres, women are rarely free to choose their own style of dress. Women are often prevented, legally, from dressing as they … More The Female Body is a Scary Thing: Human Rights
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
It’s been exactly one year since I first posted my welcome blog, or ‘Salam alaykoum,’ here on S-L-M: Peace. My husband and I in NYC. He serves to clear up any misconceptions I might have regarding Islam. My introduction was to the point when it came to my views and goals: Unfortunately, there is not … More Finding al-noor, A Year Later: S-L-M Peace
Perhaps the devout Muslim who toes the line has nothing to fear, but woe to all those who culturally decide to stray. Not content with letting Allah be the judge, religious police and ‘Virtue vs. Vice’ commitees are hellbent on punishing blasphemers, government anarchists and plain old hooligans, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a commoner or … More Compromise and Tolerance: Are they Words in Islam?
After the nude photo of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy became world wide news, everyone, it seemed, was trying to find out more about her, or at the very least, find her infamous picture. In the following 4 days since I posted about Aliaa, my blog managed a total of 1,336 views. Why, I wondered, were so … More Egypt, the Country with Bigger Problems than a Girl and her Body