Stepping out of the looming national violence and into the fashion spotlight, the city of Baghdad is once again reminding the world of its legacy as a historic cultural city. After a 27-year absence from the fashion industry, Baghdad hosted its first fashion show since 1988. My piece for Elan Magazine.
Emirati women are taking bold strides in forming their families beyond the conventional customs of the region and local culture. My latest feature on the increasing trends of adoption by single women in the United Arab Emirates.
The Muslim-American community experiences more than just living in trepidation, but they are stuck in a vicious cycle of vilification and disparagement that is way beyond its expiration date. For years Americans have been witnessing an oversimplified paradigm of the ‘good Muslim’ versus ‘bad Muslim.’ When will it stop? Will Muslims ever be accepted into American society?
My thoughts discussed on the Islamic Monthly:
Egypt once again made headlines last week, and this time, it isn’t about politics. My feature piece on Egypt’s history at Squash and how it continues to lead the sport in both the men’s and women’s division.
Link to Elan Mag: http://www.elanthemag.com/egypt-became-global-squash-superpower/
Faten Hamama, known as “the Lady of the Arabic Screen” and one of the greatest of Egypt’s film actresses died at the age of 83 last Saturday, drawing condolences from across the film industry. Her remarkable legacy as a national treasure also reminds us of the unmatchable glamour of old-school Arab Hollywood that continues to capture the hearts of people throughout the region today.
Known as the Hollywood of the Middle East, Egypt’s cinematic golden age took off after the introduction of sound in the early 1940s, producing hundreds of black and white films that are still cherished and enjoyed today.
My piece for Elan published on January 19 2015.
In the wake of the recent Paris attack, France ordered a strict crackdown on ‘hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism,’ according to the Associated Press. Shortly after, French police arrested notorious comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala for being an “apologist for terrorism.” The comedian wrote on his Facebook page “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” purposefully combining the hashtag “Je suis Charlie”, used in tribute to the journalists killed at magazine Charlie Hebdo with the name of gunman Amédy Coulibaly the accused of perpetrator of holding hostages at a Paris supermarket. The post has been taken down since the launch of the investigation.
So then questions begin, ‘where is the line between free speech and hate speech? Why is a particular speech considered anti-Semitic whereas another is not considered Islamophobic? More importantly, does the world carry a double standard on the Muslim community?’ I argue so here for the Islamic Monthly:
With the recent events of Ferguson and the unraveling of the US Senate’s torture report on Guantanamo Bay, the United States public is beginning to wonder if we really do live in a post racial America. In a land that was built and thrived off of its freedom and diversity, our current justice system is taking a reverse effect in treating its minorities in its courts.
Read my piece for the Islamic Monthly published on Janurary 9th 2014 as I dive into the question of the American justice system and race.