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Omnia El Shakry: Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist

Even in the most revolutionary thinkers, you will find the uncannily familiar. Sigmund Freud was no exception. Arabs recognised in Freud’s body of thought ideas from classical Islamic thinkers. In … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: The Ocean is Wide Enough for Many to Walk Upon It

(For Mahmoud Darwish)   On the night that Muhammad entered the gospels, Christ was out on the water, Dipping his toes into the sea.   Muhammad walked down to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: Different Ways to Pray

There was the method of kneeling, a fine method, if you lived in a country where stones were smooth. The women dreamed wistfully of bleached courtyards, hidden corners where knee … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Phyllis Chesler: My Jewish Feminist Problem

Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel. These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it—and you risk … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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