The Greek-to-Arabic translation movement: no expense spared

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2020


The 200-year-old Greek-to-Arabic translation movement begun by the Abbasid Caliph Al Mansur (r.754-775) has no …

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Culture wars and cultural gaps: the Hellenic equation

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2020


The culture wars between the Muslims and the Byzantines had decided effects. Often, they left …

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Don’t despair over the culture wars. They’re benign compared to 8th and 9th centuries

by Rashmee

Posted on September 10, 2020


Not too long ago, British sociologist Frank Furedi wrote a piece on the culture wars…

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Is there an inherent Islamic hostility to representation?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 3, 2020


The issue of Islam’s attitude to free expression is back in the news with the …

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In France, it’s yesterday once more with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Prophet cartoons and a terrorism trial

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2020


Except for the pandemic, it feels like 2015. The French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ has …

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Turning the NYT’s Morning Briefing into a ‘good news’ bulletin – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on July 29, 2020


Here’s an update on my July 24th creative experiment in positivity bias in which I …

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Turning the NYT’s Morning Briefing into a good news bulletin

by Rashmee

Posted on July 24, 2020


Today, as a creative experiment in positivity bias, I turned part of the NYT’s Morning …

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It matters that Kazakhstan is championing a 9th century Islamic philosopher. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2020


Just days ago, an online symposium on Al Farabi celebrated the Islamic philosopher’s 1150th year …

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Socrates would’ve marvelled at Trump: Here’s an ‘honest’ politician who lives & succeeds

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2019


N.B.: After publication, I had to qualify the word “honest” in the headline because it …

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The Catholic Pope’s visit to the Arabian Peninsula reprised Abbasid times

by Rashmee

Posted on March 6, 2019


Weeks after Pope Francis visited the United Arab Emirates, the implications remain profound. For the …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK