On Stranger Things

August 27, 2016

It has been over a month since I first watched Stranger Things the day after it was released on Netflix. I had plans to hang out with a friend but it had been a long and busy week and so I decided to stay in and just relax. [Side Note: Quick shout out to awesome […]

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Book Review: The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West

April 17, 2012

When I think “West”, I think of the United States. It’s all about us! But then there’s the UK – the initial West. There are quite a few Muslims from a host of countries that have settled there and, I believe, before a lot of immigrants from “Muslim” countries even started coming to the United […]

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Culture & Religion – Scattered Thoughts on the Book American Dervish

January 27, 2012

I went to a lecture last week on what Muslims think of evolution and the lecturer, a Muslim well versed on the subject, went on to say that what Muslims believe on that topic is dependent on the country and culture in which they grew up in. I thought it was a total cop-out. Aren’t […]

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A Sort of Review of All-American Muslim

November 14, 2011

I caught the first episode of the new reality series All-American Muslim on TLC last night. Announced several months ago, the series follows around a few Muslim families in the city of Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the highest concentration of Arabs in the U.S. I voiced my hesitation for this series when it […]

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Lesson From The Taqwacores – Being Accepting and All That Good Stuff

March 21, 2011

I caught the movie The Taqwacores this past Friday as part of the SF Asian Film Festival at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. The film, interestingly enough, is about a group of Muslim punks. I’m not into punk at all. I’m more of a post-rock Explosions in the Sky type of girl, and yet, […]

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Restrepo and War

December 15, 2010

I just watched Restrepo streaming on Netflix. Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, Restrepo can be seen as a supplement to Junger’s book War, which was released earlier this year. Both the documentary and the book revolve around the same group of soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan, more specifically, soldiers stationed in the Korangal […]

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Me Like Books

November 30, 2010

Asking yourself if you want an e-reader is a valid question – I mean, it can reduce clutter, it can be cheaper in the long run, more convenient, and all that good stuff. I have to admit though, I’ve never been tempted by any e-reader, whether it be the Kindle, Nook, what have you. I […]

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Book Review: The Butterfly Mosque

May 26, 2010

Meet G. Willow Wilson. She’s an American. She lived in Egypt for a while. She converted to Islam. She fell in love with a local. She wrote a book about all of this called The Butterfly Mosque. You should read it. After graduating from college in the summer of 2003, Wilson leaves for Cairo to […]

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Review: Footnotes in Gaza

March 21, 2010

Comics books are mostly associated with superheroes and fantastical stories. Yet, some use comic books, or graphic novels, as a medium to tell a compelling narrative. Journalist Joe Sacco is one of those people. He had previously documented and illustrated his time in Palestine and Bosnia with his books Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde. With […]

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Checking Out “3 Idiots”

January 16, 2010

I caught the Bollywood film 3 Idiots last week, making it my 2nd Indian movie in as many weeks. Funny enough, this was more than I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Even more surprising, I saw it at the Indian movie theater in Fremont, a place I avoid going at all costs. I […]

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