Olive trees, lemon trees, and cedars ceded way to Jamal Pasha’s great war machine levied against the British in 1915[1]. Among the skeletons of his wooden bridges and railroads was resurrected the Edmund Allenby bridge in 1918. It has since been replaced by a Japanese funded modern expanse. Linking Jordan…


Hearing that Anthony Bourdain had passed away stirred up old memories for me. In my twenties, I had done a lot of flashpacking (backpacking with a dash of modern convenience). I was young, bold, and willing to take risks I no longer would be. If a company called or emailed…


I have a few thoughts on a recent Reviving the Islamic Spirit 2016 (RIS2016) controversy that might be clarifying, or at least add to the intelligent discourse on the subject. First, let me start off by self-declaring as an African-Canadian Muslim, slightly removed from the direct reality of life as…


Recently, media personality Noor Tagouri, a 22 year-old Muslim-American woman who wears the hijab, garnered significant controversy through an interview she granted to Playboy Magazine. The resulting article is called Media Wunderkind Noor Tagouri Makes a Forceful Case for Modesty, and was penned by Anna del Gaizo. The men’s-lifestyle publication…

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