Affaire Rossignol: Does Hating the Hijab Mean You’re an Islamophobe?

   L’affaire hijab in France is weighed down with almost 30 years of rhetoric, polemique and infamy and yet, 30 years on, it still won’t quit. The French obsession and stubbornness regarding the Islamic headscarf made headlines again recently with not one but three separate incidents (none involving actual Muslim women) which are both embarrassing … More Affaire Rossignol: Does Hating the Hijab Mean You’re an Islamophobe?

The Middle East and its Tolerance Towards the LGBTQ Community

Gay marriage and transgender acceptance have been hot topics in the United States recently, with the US Supreme Court voting to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states (Ireland beat us to it though) and transgender celebrities such as Caitlynn Jenner and Laverne Cox gracing magazine covers and headlines. Given that the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, … More The Middle East and its Tolerance Towards the LGBTQ Community

Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

International Women’s Day 2015 Celebrations in the Middle East

 March 8th marked International Women’s Day and the kickoff to the Commission on the Status of Women, now in it’s 59th year. 2015 is a pretty important year for feminists, as it marks the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Conference, in which the Beijing Platform for Action was created to accelerate women’s rights across the world. … More International Women’s Day 2015 Celebrations in the Middle East

Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions

A comedy set in the Middle East and made by a Western director (a French one, Michel Hazanavicius, no less!) has the automatic potential to be incredibly politically incorrect. Alas, all comedies are by nature politically incorrect and as a rule I believe that, to an extent, comedy is allowed to lampoon (otherwise this world … More Film Review: OSS 117 Le Caire, nid d’espions

‘Happy’ Videos Take over the Middle East

Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy,’ which I love, is everywhere. The phenomenon of groups of people (often by city) filming themselves dancing to the song has spread around the world, and the world’s Muslims and Middle Easterners are not to be left out. Of course, much like that now-infamous ‘Mipsterz in America’ video that featured trendy … More ‘Happy’ Videos Take over the Middle East