The Business of High-End Fashion in the Middle East

May 25, 2011 9:28 pm0 comments

By: Anum Khan The Middle Eastern market, yet again, proves that it’s a lucrative one.  With mainstream designers specifically creating special lines in order to cater to consumers of the region is proof enough.  Marketing statistics support that brands are important to this specific market, and more importantly, an overwhelming […]

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Jean Nouvel’s Louvre in Abu Dhabi

May 17, 2011 10:14 pm0 comments

By: Ehsaan Mesghali Construction began on the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre designed by the famed French architect Jean Nouvel in mid 2009. With a scheduled opening in the later part of 2012, talk of its design is always stirring in architectural circles. The project is a joint effort […]

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I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim

May 14, 2011 11:37 am0 comments

By Zahra T. Suratwala In recent years Islam has developed an aura of controversy.  Stereotypes abound with regards to Muslim women, their hijab, their freedom and their lives in general.  I Speak for Myself (White Cloud Press) is a compilation of essays by forty American Muslim women who have decided […]

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Mideast Youth: Thinking Ahead

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By: Nesima Aberra Sometimes the loudest voices are not always the best, especially on the Internet. It is overcrowded with competing often extreme and bitter viewpoints, arguments and causes, but it is also a remarkable place where the invisible in society can exist and find a place to be heard. […]

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Remarkable Current: Hip Hop with a Conscience

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By: Anisah Hashmi   In an industry plagued by vulgarity and no originality, there is hope for fans with a more sophisticated sound palette.  Remarkable Current, a socially conscious record label, is changing the game with one artist at a time. It seems for the first time, Muslim Americans can […]

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Sacred Space for Muslim Americans

March 31, 2011 7:54 am0 comments

Mosques have been a reason for intense debates both within the Muslim community and outside of it.  Maryam Eskandari, an architect at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, currently has a traveling exhibit on American Mosques.  She brings a new angle to the debate discussing […]

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Jeddah Riding the Twestival Wave

March 23, 2011 11:46 pm0 comments

By Sherief Ahmed For the most part, social media has benefited our lifestyles, and continues to do so with initiatives like the Twestival.  It’s a simple idea, Twestival uses social media for social good, connecting communities offline to not only raise awareness but raise capital for various causes.  Jeddah is […]

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Jeddah Economic Forum: Impactful Global Forces

March 22, 2011 8:58 am0 comments

Since 1999, the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) has been a leader discussing not only the Kingdom’s socio-economic issues but abroad as well. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, Prince of Makkah, the central theme for the JEF is, A 21st Century Transformation: […]

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The Magnificent Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

February 15, 2011 5:18 am0 comments

By: Ehsaan Mesghali Designed by I.M. Pei, who was literally begged out of retirement, this dream job embodies the founding principles of Islamic geometric elegance. Pei is renowned for his renovation to the most well known museum in history, the Louvre.  His glass pyramid pavilion that many felt violated the […]

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Economic Prosperity to Come to MENA

February 3, 2011 12:43 am0 comments

By: Saud Masud After losing a quarter of its market value within the first 30 days of 2011 the Egyptian stock market is at a standstill and it appears so is the rest of Egypt.  In the last few weeks the socio-political turmoil sparked in Tunisia, a country of 10 […]

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