The Wearable Mosque

July 5, 2011 9:29 am0 comments

By: Maryam Eskandari 30 of the most renowned emerging and veterans of the fashion design world where invited to display their work at the London Royal Academy. Amongst the carefully chosen contemporary designers that emphasized their culture were Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Sharid Waked and Hussein Chalayan; along with many […]

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The Science of Satire

June 10, 2011 5:55 am0 comments

By Cihan Kaan John Stewart says of satire, “The real outcome of satire is typically catharsis and whether that’s positive or negative I don’t know.  The difference between a satirist and a demagogue is we’re observers, we don’t have the confidence to take the next step.” The satirist lives somewhere […]

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Hip Hop Transforming Muslim Communities Around the Globe

June 6, 2011 8:12 pm22 comments

By: Anum Khan The youth are gravitating towards hip-hop in a more effervescent way than ever.  Not only is rap being used as an art form to express the youth’s opinions about political issues, but as a medium to promote positive change.  Some countries are so threatened by this powerful […]

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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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