Head elsewhere!

June 16, 2014

Recent interesting reads Some of the basic (but not well known enough) facts about Iraq and why it is in the place where it is today in this blog post by intellectual and commentator Juan Cole. Musawah is an interesting initiative by a group of Muslim feminists doing interesting...

Imagination

March 30, 2014

Imagination “When you leave here, you’ll forget about me.” Her name is Kolpana, she tells me – “imagination” (the others too bear names like that: Beauty, Jolly, or Mishty, which means “sweet”). She stands in the doorway to her small room, with the curtain half-wrapped around her. Two guys,...

Heading there!

January 25, 2013

Bangladesh. Many tend to associate the country with things like poverty and starvation, or the looming threat of a changed global climate. But there is another story to tell. When Bangladesh gained independence in 1971, after a long and brutal war for independence, the country represented just about every...

The only female pastor

November 12, 2012

Am writing something about Rola Sleiman, an inspiring person I met a few months ago in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli. She’s unique in more than one way: not only is she at 37 a very young church leader, she’s also the only female pastor in Lebanon – and,...