Without searching for it; without reflecting on it, I constantly find myself being faced with the dilemma of whether it would be wiser for me to stay away from using my writings to express political views or instead to use them as a very powerful means to express such views. And, surely I am not the only writer or artist who finds himself in this entanglement.
This Tuesday May 26th marked the first ever panel discussion hosted by Al Waref Institute and Conflict Solutions International (CSI) entitled “Separation of Religion and State: Muslim World and Civil Society.”
“Women's Rights Are Human Rights”-- Famous Speech by Hillary Clinton, Beijing, China, the 5th of September,1995.
Syria has accepted between 700,000 to over a million refugees from Iraq who are fleeing ongoing ethnic and religious violence. Syria does not legally permit its Iraqi refugees to work. Many of these refugees are women who have turned to one form of work, albeit illegal, in order to survive and support their families -- prostitution.
Marah Bukai’s “O” book is a unique collection of poignant poems, delving into the infinite anomalies of the world. Tackling issues of religion, sexuality, and self identity, Bukai accentuates the injustice and hypocrisy plaguing today’s humanity.
By Richard Mc Sweeney- Al Waref Advisory Board Exclusive for Al Waref
Assalamu alaikum - Peace be with you. These nights when I gaze up at the moon my mind is transported back to lovely Jeddah, and to the privilege I had of having witnessed the sacred month of Ramadan in the Holy Land.
By Brian R. Parkinson, Ph.D. Al Waref Exclusive The recent events in Iran produced two distinct reactions in the United States. On the one hand, some political pundits (generally on the political right) thought that President Obama should take a firmer stance condemning the aggressive actions of the Iranian government following what was clearly a very flawed and fraudulent election.