(Mentally) packing for Rome

As you might have noticed, I will visit Rome in about three weeks. I will spend eight days there with my schoolmates, since we’re  all attending grammar school and have studied Latin for five years now. Since there will be a strict program to  follow on this excursion, there won’t be much spare time to … Continue reading

To wear or not to wear – That’s the question

Today in 1453

Today exactly 559 years ago, in 1453 (Gregorian calender) the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II begins his conquest of the city we now know as Istanbul, Constantinopel. With an army between 80.000 to 200.000 people (which is quite a gap, if you ask me) he intended to conquer this strategically very important city. This we do … Continue reading

Diversity – Men clothing #1

Suprisingly, not only women wear clothes. Men do too! They do so in various different ways, according to their religion, education, etc. I will try to describe the most common clothing men wear today in the Arab world. Thawb: The thawb (thaub, thobe) is the traditional Arab clothing for men. It is most commonly worn … Continue reading

Diversity – Women Clothing #5 – Queen of Netherlands criticised for wearing a headscarf

Here’s an example of a discussion that has started about hijab in Holland. The Dutch Queen, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, wore a headscarf when visiting the U.A.E. out of ”religious respect”. Party for Freedom-leader Geert Wilders stated he thinks that the Queen gives off a wrong signal by doing so. He fears that by … Continue reading

Diversity – Women Clothing #4 – Check this out

Of course there’s a lot I didn’t write in my last blogs on women clothing. As said, I am as ignorant as you may be. Fortunately, there are a lot of sites on this subject. Check out the following recommendations. The hijaab. The introduction is starting with: ”Yesterday, marked my 5 year anniversary of wearing … Continue reading

Diversity – Women clothing #3 – Burqa Ban in Europe

As said in this blog and  in this one, there has been a lot of debate about the question whether or not women should be allowed to wear certain forms of hijab. Should it be legislated to wear a headscarf, burqa or niqab in public? I will try to give you a brief overview of … Continue reading

Diversity – Women Clothing #2 – The Burqa Ban

I was just wondering, what is your opinion? Is it right that the burqa and other forms of hijab are being banned in some European countries? This Italian minister clearly doesn’t see any point in doing so. (More information about this laws will be posted here tomorrow) Related blogs: – Diversity – Women clothing – … Continue reading

Beirut – Paris of the Middle East

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has a fascinating history. Not so long ago it was at war with Israel, but at the same time it is one of the best places one can chill out and dance the night away in the Middle East. It’s also got a great reputation when it comes to cuisine- … Continue reading

Happy 1391! #2

The Guardian also pays attention to Nowruz by posting this beautiful pictures made by photographer Amin Mohammad Jamali.

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