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Film Review: Riaad Moosa’s ‘New Material’

By |2022-02-16T07:25:12+02:00Feb 16th, 2022|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

There is a moment in New Material where protagonist Cassim Kaif looks on to a group of would be colleagues taking shots and waiting to board a plane. It’s a moment that’s familiar to many

Top Three Reads for 2022 by Al Batul Book Club

By |2022-02-21T19:40:12+02:00Feb 16th, 2022|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the new year, and new goals roll in, so does our need for self-reflection and motivation! This list of three top reads is hopefully the beginning of a more prosperous and fulfilling year, a

Ramadan in Art and Literature

By |2021-04-30T15:31:15+02:00Apr 29th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ramadan in Art and Literature: From Ramazaniye to Ramy The observance of Ramadan marks a significant time in the calendars of Muslims around the world who welcome it as a month of increased worship and

Muti’ah Badruddeen’s “Rekiya and Z”: Carving Spaces for sub-Sahara African Muslim Fiction

By |2021-04-29T16:16:16+02:00Apr 29th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , |

In January, I recommended some books that I posited will improve one’s deen, and I also deconstructed the idea that only non-fictional books can give this desired result. Rekiya and Z by Muti’ah Badruddeen is one such fictional account that fits

A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

By |2021-03-19T16:40:30+02:00Mar 19th, 2021|Categories: All Topics, Expressions, Reviews, Reviews Featured, Reviews Latest|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since I moved back to Turkey, I’ve been meaning to re-read Turkish American writer Selma Ekrem’s Unveiled: The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl (1930). And I was able to last weekend. Ironically, the first time I read

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