Culture

Helen Zughaib: When Global Crises Become Compelling Personal Narratives

Helen Zughaib: When Global Crises Become Compelling Personal Narratives

Helen Zughaib, perceives her art as humanitarian, and transforms global crises, like exodus, into aesthetically and ethically compelling personal narratives.

Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Shaving Practices: the "Halal" & the "Haram"

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the…

Window Into Tangier

Window Into Tangier

Tangier: the city whose landscape is like a palimpsest of histories, cultures and cosmopolitan identities.

Marrying for your country: On institutionalized marriage and Egyptian nationalism

Marrying for your country: On institutionalized marriage and Egyptian nationalism

"Marriage is the cornerstone of manhood and a principle of national allegiance. A man who does not marry is like a deserter from the army:…

Guardians of Thrones: When Women Ruled the Muslim World

Guardians of Thrones: When Women Ruled the Muslim World

The ancient East knew women leaders who were successful rulers of kingdoms, yet authority in Islamic history has been exclusively reserved for men. The succession…

Jazz in the Arab World: Early Attempts and New Fusions

Jazz in the Arab World: Early Attempts and New Fusions

During the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, Jazz music was a strong card for the Americans with which they influenced…