Essays

Ariel: An Israeli City Made in America, Part II

Ariel is a shining city on a hilltop of the West Bank, whose bright lights serve as either a warning or a beacon for the future of Israeli settlements, all the way to the shores of America, where a few billionaires and religious communities have for 40 years contributed to its existence and expansion.

Levantine Love of Yerba Mate Tells a 160-Year Trans-Atlantic Tale, Part II

Part I of this two-part article tells the story of the Arab migration from Syria and Lebanon to South America. Part II describes the past and current life of Levantines in South America and South Americans in the Levant. The popular herbal drink, Yerba mate (pr. “mah-tay”), serves as a reminder of their intertwined existence.

Ariel: An Israeli City Made in America, Part I

Ariel is a shining city on a hilltop of th West Bank, whose bright lights serve as either a warning or a beacon for the future of Israeli settlements, all the way to the shores of America, where a few billionaires and religious communities have for 40 years contributed to its existence and expansion.

Levantine Love of Yerba Mate Tells a 160-Year Trans-Atlantic Tale, Part I

Syria and Lebanon love the iconic South American drink yerba mate as their own. The story behind the Levant’s love of mate is a long saga of political drama and the flow of people across oceans.

#MeToo Movement Clashes with Arab Patriarchy

Patriarchy in the Arab world and in Arab expatriate communities continues to stymie the #MeToo movement’s progress in preventing sexual harassment and violence against women.

Morocco’s Recognition of US Independence: Highly Treasured ‘First’ in Moroccan-American ...

Sultan Mohamed III led Morocco into an era of openness with respect to other nations of the world that exists to this day, especially manifest in the longstanding relationship between Morocco and the United States.
Battle of Annual in Morocco's Rif

The Battle of Annual: When 4,000 Tribesmen Destroyed an Organized Army of 20,000 Troops

The day marks the anniversary of a historic victory of Mohammed Ben Abdelkarim Al-Khattabi and his army of tribesmen over the army of Spanish colonizers led by General Manuel Fernandez Silvestre at the Battle of Annual, 120 kilometers west of Melilla and the city of Nador, in the north of Morocco.

The “Golden Age” of Arab Intellectual Leadership: Baghdad, Center of the Abbasid Caliphate

Baghdad, principal city of the Abbasid Caliphate, was the epicenter of knowledge and learning, a city unrivalled by any other in the Arab world where scholars from all faiths flocked by the thousands.

Egypt’s Tourism Industry on Shaky Ground

Egypt’s Ministry of Touri...
Arab Intellectual Leadership in Islamic Cordova: When Arabs Were a Beacon of Light in the Dark Ages

Arab Intellectual Leadership in Islamic Cordova: When Arabs Were a Beacon of Light in the Dark Ages

During the Dark Ages when Europe kept almost no records of any kind and made few remarkable achievements, Arabs and Muslims led the world in bridging that civilizational gap. Cordova, the Umayyad capital in Muslim Spain, became the vibrant heart of Europe where peace, science, and learning thrived.