Daily quote – June the 1st

”Jerusalem Syndrome is actually a rare psychological condition that occurs to some visitors to the Middle East. They get to Israel and just snap.” – Marc Maron

Daily quote – April the 10th

“Egypt is the next domino to fall and, as they say, so goes Egypt so goes the Middle East.”  – Robert Baer

National Geography Photography – Man mural, Turkey

Surfing on the web to find the most beautiful pictures to show you, I came across this one. Although I do not find it especially intruiging when it comes to light, one of the most important aspects of a great picture, yet I do think it is a very powerful image. All the individual handprints … Continue reading

So You want to go to the Mosque!

Originally posted on American Muslim Convert:
As salam alaikum friends! As per request of a lovely sister, my second blog for today is about what to expect before during and after going to the mosque or masjid. Going to the masjid (mosque) is a very spiritual occasion. There’s nothing like the feeling of being in…

National Geographic Photography – Train Ride, Istanbul

Watch this beautiful picture made during a normal train ride in Instanbul, Turkey, famous for its beautiful mosque. For more stunning footage, please click here. Related blogs: – National Geographic Photography – Museum of Islamic art, Qatar – National Geographic Photography – Hot air balloon, Turkey

Daily quote – March the 25th

”The question is the morning after. What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing? What happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.” – Kofi Annan


So, time for a new starting point. Of course there are a lot of things that people within the Arab world share, but there are major differences as well and these are very fascinating if you ask me. Some examples of what I am planning to write about when it comes to this: – clothing: … Continue reading

Unity – Ummah

Now for, in my opinion, a very interesting subject in islam: the ummah. Before I had started my course in Middle East culture at the University of Leiden, I had never heard of this term. As we have not discussed this intensively in class, I will try to give a brief explanation and later on try … Continue reading

On Pope Shenouda III

It might sound surprising, but I had never heard of Pope Shenouda III. It turns out he was a very important person in Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox church. After his death last week, I began to read about him and his significant influence. Do you, just like me, want to know more about this religion and … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in …

No, not in the west this time. In Anatolia, to be precise. Set in a Turkish desert, Once upon a time in Anatolia is a very extraordinary movie. It has won the Cannes grand prix, but not everybody is positive about it altogether. In fact, people have walked out of it. How interesting! Watch the … Continue reading

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