2010: The Year of Contentious Architecture

December 28, 2010 11:00 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari In 2010, this year’s headlines showcased architectural projects pushing the envelope.  Plagued with debate, below are the top five most controversial buildings this year. On top of the list was none other than the Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa honoring the ruler of Abu Dhabi who spared […]

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Could Islamic finance have prevented the global economic crisis?

December 1, 2010 9:09 pm0 comments

By: Saud Masud A question that is often discussed is: if the global economic crisis triggered by the housing bubble burst and the sub-prime credit crisis in the US would have been averted if the Islamic finance framework were in place. It is a question that is asked often and […]

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2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

November 30, 2010 7:35 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari Every three years, the world of architecture gets together to recognize the best projects that have been built. His Royal Highness, the Aga Khan, himself, established The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the highest award in the field of architecture in 1977. The award is to not […]

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The Business of Hajj

November 11, 2010 7:00 pm0 comments

By: Saud Masud As a six year old I vividly remember my family and I driving from Riyadh to Mecca to perform the Hajj in a caravan-like formation accompanied by other families, and anxious to reach Islam’s holiest city and birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  Hajj is one of the […]

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Halal Guys: Is there crack in their sauce?

November 4, 2010 5:05 pm0 comments

By: Sanya Saud The ever-focused, yellow sweatshirt wearing Halal Guys intensely concentrate on serving their famous chicken and rice/gyros to a never-ending line in the heart of midtown Manhattan.  Highly paid executives, affluent residents, tourists and cab drivers swarm midtown.  It is also home to the world famous (no exaggeration) […]

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Zaha Hadid’s Chanel Pavilion

October 19, 2010 6:31 pm0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari Six decades ago the Queen of Fashion, Coco Chanel, who ruled the couture world said “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”, she clearly had a vision in mind. Fast forward thirty years later, where Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld took those words and made […]

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Is Hip Hop Helping the Public Image of Muslims?

October 14, 2010 5:08 pm4 comments

With the current polarization of opinions in mainstream America about the Muslim American community, I see various discussions on Islam, Muslims and our culture.  But what’s most surprising is when listening to hip hop stations particularly these days I hear a lot of references to my people and in turn […]

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DOHA Tribeca Film Festival 2010

October 12, 2010 7:17 pm0 comments

by E. Nina Rothe Doha Tribeca Film Festival may be the baby of the Middle East film festival circuit, but in less than a year since its creation it has already acquired the desirable reputation as THE festival to see and be seen. With its announcement at Cannes this past […]

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Inside Park 51

August 31, 2010 5:59 pm0 comments

As the sun disappears past the Hudson River, the call to prayer echoes inside hundreds of mosques and Islamic centers, and thousands of homes in New York City. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greater)… Worshipers reach for dates and take a drink of water to break their fast. They […]

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Lessons Learned from Going Homeless in Ramadan

5:44 pm0 comments

By: Yusef Ramelize In 2009 I went homeless in the first week of March, but it was nothing compared to doing my summer homeless project this year.  Even though my homeless experience last year was in the middle of the winter and I slept in the subway stations and trains, […]

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