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How Beauty and Sexuality Are Conflated in Muslim Arab-American Culture

The present scholarship of sexuality in Muslim Arab-American (MAA) culture is minimal and even more is the conversation of sexuality. I want to reintroduce this discussion with a focus on beauty, as I believe beauty is a major contributor to how we currently define and express our sexuality. For this reason, I redact my previous…

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#GazaUnderAttack: Israeli Forces Continue to Cross the Line

#GazaUnderAttack Over the past few days, Israeli forces launched attacks and air raids against stone-throwing Palestinians marking the 15th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. In a series of disproportionate and bloody attacks that claimed the lives of at least 34 people, Israeli forces indiscriminately targeted homes and schools under the guise of smoking out Hamas…

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You Know You’re From Two Cultures When…

Alrighty! Given this insane summer heat, it only seems fitting that we put a little humor back into our daily rituals, so I’m going to give it to you, and give it to you good! As some of you may know, I am half-Arab and half-Circassian. Circassians are from Russia, for the people who do…

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The Whitewashing of Arab Identity

Recently, I paid a visit to the Arab American National Museum. Initially, I was extremely excited — as a Sudanese American, I’m not used to seeing my identity represented positively anywhere. I had a few pre-existent apprehensions: there is a strong history of marginalization of Black Arabs and of course racism exists in the Arab…

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Arab Cinderella: A Life Poem

I always felt as though my life, my being, my very self were forevermore saddled with the very expectations of generations before me, dusty individuals, their fervent whispers carrying, moving, traveling, across centuries of near-still air, air rippled only with the occasional revolution, scented softly with rosewater and hot Arabic coffee, that their unfulfilled wishes,…

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The Women’s Intifada

The Arabic word for revolution, thawra, which is in the form of the feminine tense, undoubtedly reflects the nature of the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring has given rise to activists such as Egypt’s Asmaa Mahfouz and Yemen’s Noble Peace Prize Winner Tawakkul Karman, who were vital players in the toppling of regimes. It is…