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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…

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,…

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…

The Queen of Sheba: The Virgin Mother and King Solomon’s Lover

The Queen of Sheba: The Virgin Mother and King Solomon’s Lover

The Queen of Sheba: the myth that regenerates with every epoch. The story of the Queen of Sheba inspired the people of Yemen to tell…

Selective Memory and the Myth of Arab Heritage

Selective Memory and the Myth of Arab Heritage

Efforts are rereading Arab heritage in view of modern theories are few and far between. Too many factors stand in the way of this, not…

Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

Cinema Under Fire: Youth Resistance in Sana’a

The quote “Revolution begins with the self, in the self”, by African-American author Toni Cade Bambara, perfectly describes the movement kicked off by Yemeni activist…