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

Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

the scene: this was an eventful week in the Middle East, with plenty of big events that drew the region’s celebrities. the Mawazine music festival kicked off in Rabat, Morocco: it draws both international stars like Jennifer Lopez, Avicci and Pharrell Williams and regional stars perform in this celebrated festival. The Middle East Music Awards took … More Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

 Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

 What’s Goin’ On: The 2015 Cannes Film Festival, which OK is in France and not the Middle East but it’s still a big deal. Actually, I’m making a point of including it because I have seen like two Arabs on the entire Croisette. What gives? Cannes is more international than, say, the Oscars, and Bollywood stars … More  Fashion of Arabia #5: Shirt dresses, ill-fitting couture and vivid florals 

Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins

What’s goin’ on: The kickoff of “wedding season,” which included the huge wedding of society couple “Malek and Reef” at the ancient Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco; a Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer showing in Dubai; the premiere of Salma Hayek’s animated film The Prophet in Beirut, Lebanon; and several birthday celebrations. Fashionista of the week: Hadia … More Fashion of Arabia #3: Tchitch dolls, kitsch and sequins

Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

 Arab Business released its 100 Arabs Under 40 list, which included a few entertainers and beauty icons in addition to superachievers in business, science and technology. Congrats Nancy Ajram (#19) for being the highest performer/culture icon on the list! Also congrats to Sherine Abdel Wahdy (#84), Tima Shomali (#88), Diala Makki (#89), Huda Kattan (#94) … More Fashion of Arabia Week #2: Denim, Black Abayas and Dominique Hourani

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