Hoops in hijab #FIBAallowhijab

Many of the most inspirational moments for Muslims in 2016 have played out in the sports arena, where the talent, leadership and camaraderie of Muslim athletes, both male and female, have broken through the Islamophobia that sadly seems ubiquitous nowadays. The names Dalilah Muhammad (track and field), Ibtihaj Muhammad (fencing),…

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An intriguing novel and a delight to read

If Herman Hesse were alive today, he’d fall in love with Lyrics Alley, a story that resonates with the theme of his famous short story The Poet: the solitary life and mission of the poet. But Leila Aboulela’s novel depicts that theme with arguably more intrigue, depth, and complexity, as it tells its story of self-determination, fate, love, and the intrinsic value of art. The novel takes place in the Sudanese city of Umdurman in the early 1950’s, which was a critical time in Sudanese history.

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