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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A Colombian Ramadan, Vamonos!

August 30, 2010 6:56 pm1 comment

By: Paras Qureshi Have you ever sat down and wondered what the other 1.57 billion Muslims in the world are doing this Ramadan?  Where are they?  Well, nestled amidst the mountainous backbone of South America, you will find Bogota, Colombia… and yes, they have Muslims!  This city has its own […]

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Walking Through the Streets of Jerusalem

July 6, 2010 2:21 am0 comments

By Ehab Zahriyeh From all over the world, prayers are given for Jerusalem. The ancient city accepts them as it holds onto its reputation as the Holy Land. However, for Palestinians, it is not just a place of piety, it is their center for culture and traditions. Palestine’s Jerusalem lives […]

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The Magnetism of Rap Music Among Muslims

May 5, 2010 8:50 pm0 comments

By Yahsmin Mayaan Binti BoBo – special guest blog for elan The words ‘rhythm and poetry’ form the acronym for RAP, which defined the musical genre emerging from hip-hop culture in the seventies. Academics agree that hip-hop culture as a whole was birthed in the South Bronx, New York during […]

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Green Looks Forward: Dubai Reps Arab Art at Weeklong Expo

March 25, 2010 6:40 pm0 comments

March 24, 2010 Dubai, home of its eponymous film festival, fashion week, and cutting-edge architecture (including the tallest building in the world), is clearly the Islamic world’s leader in cultural exhibition. Continuing in this spirit was last week’s 4th annual Art Dubai expo, a large, multicultural contemporary art fair repping […]

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