لا تفعلي هذا

لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبون المرآة…القوية لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبونا المرآة…الذكية لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبون االمرآة…المتحررة لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبون االمرآة…المفكرة لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبونا المرآة…الرومانسية لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبونا المرآة…الحالمة لا تفعلي هذا فالرجال لا يحبون االمرآة…المتكلمة. اذا سألت معظم الفتيات عن أكثر […]

مرأةٌ جوهر كتاب

  أنا كتابٌ لا تحدّه الصفحاتُ، أمامي مدافعٌ تودّ بطلقاتها وضعَ فواصلٍ تفصلني عن معادي.   أمامي أيسٌ يضع في صُلبيَ حركاتٍ تحرّك أحشائي لتقيّدها، فتخضّها أرجائي وتبصقها أمعائي.   تحتي ثلوجٌ تريدني مستريحةً خامدة تتلفّقني وتمحي دهوري فلا ينبت عشبٌ ولا تمطر الدوالي.   على مياه ملاعبي بجعٌ أسود ضاق ذرعاً بالألوان، وحده لا […]

Let's Talk about Female Circumcision and Islam!

Combating female circumcision (FC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM) or cutting, is a shared goal amongst human rights activists and feminists. The exact reason behind FGM’s emergence is unknown, but there is proof that it began long before the rise of Islam. Historians believe it was first developed in ancient Egypt for ritualistic […]

Gender Equality by 2030: Possibility or Utopia?

This year’s March 8 International Women’s Day United Nations theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. With the new global 2030 roadmap and 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by UN Member States, gender equality appears to be the most critical[1]. According to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director (UN […]

Alice’s Pearls

I was interviewed few hours ago for a documentary and one of the directors’ questions was about my pearls. My answer had nothing to do with eclectic styles mixing and matching old and new, luxury and humbleness, ‘East’ and ‘West’, or the importance of filling one’s neck with necklaces that strike me fancy. Even if […]

Islam through the Lens of Young Syrian Women: between Unity and Diversity

On February 28th, 12pm, students in Dr. Pamela Chrabieh’s “Religions of the World” course at the American University in Dubai had the opportunity to watch the documentary “Turoq” and meet its directors, Sarah Hassan and Leen Al Faysal. Sarah and Leen are former students of Dr. Chrabieh. Sarah is journalist and producer with CNN International […]

مدخَل

تدخلني فأدخلك، تركد في أمعائي فأحبُكَ وتُغضبني.   كولترِيْن يداعب تنهداتنا فأسقط عليكَ، تقَع فيَّ، وأناديك ريثما يعود إليك دفءُ سوائلي.   أنتشلكَ من تراب ضلعَيَ فتنحلّ وتذوب بين ذراعَي على نغم شموع ميعادي، دمٌ يسري في لعابنا، تلعقه عينايَ قبل لسانِك المجنونِ.   تغمرني فأصبح نوراً يلفُّكَ.   تناديك مشقّاتُ الأيّام، فلا تسمع تدحرج […]

Addiction to Words

It falls on our shoulders to start writing and speaking truths that we have come to know and understand about our region. Even though we live miles apart, our hearts still beat the same song and our longing for peace is always present. Words can divide. They build walls of judgment and misconceptions. They imprison […]

The Me I Am

The Me is a mere stereotype, an ideological battleground, a fracture along party lines, an emotionally-laden symbol of the nation, a mother who needs protection against the outside enemy, a coup d’Etat. The me is the background urging, praising and supporting. The Me is a dichotomy, a binary system, purity-impurity, honor-dishonor, a perfect-broken vase, bda3a […]