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Hashish and the European-Orientalist Fantasy

Hashish and the European-Orientalist Fantasy

Hashish, or cannabis; a substance that historically entranced the Western imagination with the “magic of the Orient”, like a lamp that sets forth the genie…

Egypt’s Divorced Mothers Struggle for Their Rights

Egypt’s Divorced Mothers Struggle for Their Rights

When Iman objected to her husband’s decision to take a second wife, he threw her out of the house with their two children. She knocked…

Lifting the Siege on Gaza’s Drug Trade

Lifting the Siege on Gaza’s Drug Trade

The world of narcotics in the Gaza Strip differs from any other place in the world. Whether it is the means of smuggling the substances,…

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Saudi Arabia to Expats: ‘There’s Not Enough Oil for Both of Us’

Ashraf, with his handsome features and candid smile, has become the target of accusations among his friends of being the harbinger of bad luck to…

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

Paradise on Earth: Baghdad before the Mongol Conquest

As the Abbasid Caliph, Al-Muta'sim Billah, mused over his favorite concubine, Orfa, in the privacy of the room where she flirted and toyed with him,…

The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon: A Kafkaesque Nightmare

“All the officials papers, seals, stamps, and certificates [we have to get] are no big deal; they can be easily obtained. All but the Syrian…

From Japanese Internment Camps to Muslim Registries: Solidarity Through Shared Experiences

From Japanese Internment Camps to Muslim Registries: Solidarity Through Shared Experiences

Within days of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Japanese-American community, led by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), made public declarations urging Americans not…

How Russia United Foes and Reclaimed the Middle East

How Russia United Foes and Reclaimed the Middle East

"Russia has been a great power for centuries, and remains so. It has always had and still has legitimate zones of interest ... We should…

Egypt vs. Human Rights: The UN's 'Pro-Homosexual' Resolutions

Egypt vs. Human Rights: The UN's 'Pro-Homosexual' Resolutions

In June 2016, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution…

Life as a Transexual in Egypt

Life as a Transexual in Egypt

Nada Al-Qadi has not yet lost hope in her mission to secure the right to undertake the official steps toward becoming a woman. Despite the…