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I Wear My Hijab with Understanding and Pride, and So Should You

I Wear My Hijab with Understanding and Pride, and So Should You

by Marwa Khalifa

This piece of cloth I wear every single day on my head is what defines me, it is what tells others who I am and what my beliefs are. The hijab is about modernity and modesty. I was really scared, scared of not being able to commit to it. I was scared because I travel a […]

The Muslim Youth Camp of California: An Inside Look at Young Muslims in the US

The Muslim Youth Camp of California: An Inside Look at Young Muslims in the US

Founded in 1961, the Muslim Youth Camp of California was the nation’s first sleepaway camp of its kind, an early experiment that mixed Islamic studies and rustic Americana. With a history stretching from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Donald Trump, the camp has helped shape the identities of thousands of Muslim children, many of whom […]

How Dahab Became Egypt’s Most Pet-Friendly Town

How Dahab Became Egypt’s Most Pet-Friendly Town

by Nadine Arab

Unfortunately, Egypt is not the world’s most pet-friendly destination. In fact, stumbling upon stray animals is not a surprising phenomenon whatsoever. Moreover, pet owners’ often struggle to find pet-friendly places where they could hang out.     Despite all of that, more people are trying to change that nowadays. We now have animal shelters; like […]

How to Fix Your Life And Stop Thinking You’re A Louse: A Study Based on Translated Directions From Your Favorite Author

How to Fix Your Life And Stop Thinking You’re A Louse: A Study Based on Translated Directions From Your Favorite Author

by Mostafa El Hakim

What should one do when one finds oneself stuck in life? Should you take a step back to reassess your place in this modern world we live in? Should you have a mental breakdown that culminates in a hot bath with a bath bomb fizzing in between your escaped sobs? Or should you just adapt […]

We Asked Egyptian Drivers About Their Strangest Encounters, and Here’s What They Said

We Asked Egyptian Drivers About Their Strangest Encounters, and Here’s What They Said

by Abdulhameed Afifi

  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber, Careem, Osta, or even a taxi driver in Egypt? In this article, I talk to different kinds of Egyptian drivers where they share strange situations — anonymously, per their requests  — that you won’t believe have happened.     “I once picked up […]

My Journey from an Introvert to an Extrovert

My Journey from an Introvert to an Extrovert

by Marwa Khalifa

It all started when my best friend introduced me to an organization called AIESEC. I was initially not intrigued, but then something magical happened.     I was in a zone, where challenging myself was not an option, it was a must. Having to go through interviews and selections was not my thing. No one likes […]

An Open Letter to My Rapist and Former Lover

An Open Letter to My Rapist and Former Lover

by Mona El-Haddad

Dear Rapist,   It has been quite some time since we talked. I remember a time in my life when you were more than just a rapist to me. You were someone I knew, someone I loved, and someone I deeply cherished. You had a name once. It is really hard to believe that only […]

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

by Marwa Khalifa

“Don’t invalidate people’s struggles because you’ve been through worse. If someone is tired after working for five hours and you worked for seven, it doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to be tired. It doesn’t mean that they can’t feel what they’re feeling just because you’ve had it worse.” I found this quote on Facebook […]

Reasons Why We Hate Morning People, Mornings and People

Reasons Why We Hate Morning People, Mornings and People

They’re the kind of people who enjoy hearing birds chirp in the morning and start off their day with an A-OK wholesome breakfast… Yes, I’m talking about the very people who make you want to punch a wall before your day even starts: Morning People. As if waking up early isn’t enough, you have to […]

Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Yes, I know, hard to believe that this social butterfly that is myself was for a large portion of her adolescent life on the receiving end of bullying. All jokes and sarcasm aside, however, I have chosen to write about this for two reasons.   Firstly, I do not think there is enough literature coming […]

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