Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

At a special symposium held to commemorate International Women’s Day in Kuwait, Kuwaiti women showed up in force to demand answers in an all too public forum…

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March 11, 2010

Breaking the Chains of Labor

The State of Kuwait this week announced that the Kuwaiti government is initiating plans to replace its estimated 600,000 strong foreign workforce, in various sectors, at a rate of 10% per annum.

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March 4, 2010

Those City Lights

A new contender has thrown their hat in the ring to vie for tourists looking to spend their leisure time partying in the windswept deserts of the Middle East. And that country is Jordan.

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February 28, 2010

A Chinese Muslim in the U.S.: Religion and Nationality

A Chinese Muslim finds her way in an American university.

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January 28, 2010

Islam in Haiti

Haiti is a benighted country that your author knows well having made working journeys there, and serving on a Committee in my home State of California to support that nation in her struggles (the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere) for over a decade now.

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January 28, 2010

A Crisis of Health and Minds

Ever since the H1N1 virus reared its ugly head this past summer it has jumped to the top of the list of diseases most deadly to humans. However, an older and wiser disease is still infecting many people across the world with the same deadly consequences.

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January 21, 2010

The Story of ‘Skateistan’

Skateparks in the Middle East

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January 9, 2010

Quboor of Prophets and Sahaba

The family and quboor of the Holy Seal of Prophets (s), and many holy prophets, and others as well from the holy time of Prophet (s).

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January 5, 2010

Funerals Burden Omani Families

No place is this reality more vivid than in Oman, where it is a tradition to have grand feasts fit for a king and his army following the departure of a loved one.

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January 4, 2010

Exploring China’s Wild West

Xinjiang is China’s Wild West, a state of deserts and mountains peopled by Muslim Uighurs, and leaning more to Bokhara than Beijing. It has long had a troubled relationship with the rest of the country, slipping in and out of effective Chinese control as imperial power waxed and waned over the centuries.

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December 17, 2009

Paan—Red-Stained Scourge of the Middle East

Commonly known as “Paan”, which is a concoction of natural and chemical substances bundled into a Betel leaf, this chewing-tobacco like substance creates dark red tinged saliva, which the person chewing it usually spits out at any available target.

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December 10, 2009

Dubai Babylon: The glitz, the Glamour – and Now the Gloom

The Gulf state’s dash for intense economic growth at breakneck speed was a project that was bound to fail. Karen Attwood and Mark Leftly report on an extraordinary tale of success leading to excess

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December 3, 2009

Mall Rats

There seems to be a mall on every corner in the biggest cities of the Gulf region with most of the smaller malls mimicking each other and offering little more than a rehashing of the one prior.

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November 12, 2009

Ramadan in Russia

Islam on the Path of Resurgence… He declared: “I decided to bring my social status into line with my convictions, and to testify publicly that I consider myself an adherent of the great tradition of the true faith of the Prophets of Monotheism, beginning with Abraham. And thus I do not consider myself a priest or a member of any Orthodox church.”

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October 15, 2009

An American Mother

An American woman speaks about her move to the Middle East.

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October 8, 2009

The Frozen Faloodeh

Faloodeh is one of the earliest known frozen desserts, with historians dating its creation prior to 400 BC in Persia.

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August 13, 2009

View a 360 Degree Virtual Tour of Masjidul Aqsa

Masjidul Aqsa, virtual tour

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August 11, 2009

The Terminal

For many Southeast Asian immigrants that descend upon the Middle East each year to work as laborers in some of the richest countries in the entire world, living in an airport terminal is often a reality that they have no choice but to accept as they embark upon a new phase in their lives to serve others as chauffeurs, office boys, janitors and housemaids.

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August 6, 2009

Community News (V11-I17)

Brooklyn Musuem of Sufism / Carnegie Scholars announced / Duke opens center for Muslim community

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April 16, 2009

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