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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[23 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Kuwaiti Blogger Highlights Middle East Art Scene

We interviewed Mashaael Basheer, Kuwaiti Journalist and Art Blogger about her perspectives and experiences working in media, and her support of artists and art movements in the Middle East and around the world.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as a journalist and art blogger?
My name is Mashaael Basheer, 27 from Kuwait. I hold a Master’s degree in Modern Communication and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication & Journalism and currently work as Editor at the Kuwait News Agency …

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[18 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Butterfly without Fins, A Novel from Palestine

We interviewed Palestinian writer Dima Saleh about the inspiration for her novel Butterfly without Fins. Her answers are below.

Why did you decide to start writing?
Writing for me is not a decision I made, but more of a necessary act, like when someone feels like there is something inside them that they need to get out – I would compare it to giving birth! I started writing poetry when I was an adolescent, but I didn’t have the courage to show it to anyone at that time. In 2007 after I …

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[3 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Muslim Ummah, Women, and Productivity

We interviewed Mohammed Faris, the Founder and CEO of, about the inspiration behind his work and the productivity resources available to women in the Muslim community. His answers are below.
What inspires your work at Productive Muslim, and what are the major goals of the organization?

What inspires us the most at ProductiveMuslim is the untapped potential of the Muslim Ummah* to revive itself to becomes more spiritually, physically, and socially productive. We believe that a Muslim lifestyle provides a holistic approach to productivity that is beneficial in both this world …

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[17 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
“Heik E7na” (We Are Like This): Some Sketches from My Society

Dima Saleh
Ramallah, Palestine

Who is the Real Babbler?!
A man in the cafe shop was telling his friend: “Women are the source of disasters…They are babblers…They have nothing but a tongue!”
While he was talking he saw a girl, so his conversation is paused so he can  turn to her and say, “Hey beautiful! What a sexy body you have! I am sure that you are going to meet your boyfriend soon!”
He turns back to his friend: “Oh I didn’t tell you? My friend caught his sister while she was walking with her …