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Life lessons from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

The featured image is a painting by the author discussed, Kahlil Gibran. For more information Google “خمسة‎‎” or “Hamsa”. *** 9/10 1. Short biography جبران خليل جبران (Gibran Khalil Gibran) was born in 1883 in the Ottoman Empire (present day Lebanon), as a Maronite Christian,...

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Fatima al-Fihri: a medieval Arab feminist

This is an edited and refined version of Rita Atiah’s original article, which can be found here *** The hallway is draped with exquisite mosaic, fine rouge, and arches shaped like keyholes bathed in white. Bulbs suspended in mid-air, hanging from strings, make you wonder...

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US, Russia and Afghanistan – an infinite web of corruption

News from the US: terrorism in New York; eight killed. Trump campaign director indicted for several serious matters, mostly related to tax evasion. These things are related; and neither would be happening, perhaps, without the other. There are different definitions of globalism, as this term encompasses...

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Balfour Declaration centenary: a day for contemplation, not celebration

UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently expressed pride in the upcoming centenary anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, with intent to celebrate the creation of the state of Israel. The Balfour Declaration, a diplomatic letter that you can find in our Digital Archive database, is...

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6 years on: the Libyan psyche after Gaddafi

Introduction Six years ago, Libya was allegedly “liberated” from Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. This name or persona had managed to sneak through Libyans and destroy everything and everyone that came in front of him like a hurricane, even posthumously. Since 1969, the darkest era in...

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