Early Muslims’ attitude to art and creative expression

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2020


  In the beginning, there was art. Lots of it, in fact, in the secular space. Consider this. Within 30 years of Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632, there was abundant art for the secular space. The palaces and bathhouses of the Umayyads, the first Muslim dynasty (661-750), were rich with exuberant figural art. Three Umayyad … Continue reading “Early Muslims’ attitude to art and creative expression”

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It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2020


It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution, once and for all. Practically unnoticed by Washington’s worthies and elsewhere in the world, Israeli politicians recently offered bipartisan approval to America’s authority in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is both bad and good. In some ways, it imperils the two-state solution. … Continue reading “It’s not the pandemic but Donald Trump that could kill off the two-state solution”

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In Bethlehem, a Christmas story with a modern message-and Jingle Bells in Arabic

by Rashmee

Posted on December 25, 2019 / Quartz


At the newly-renovated Church of the Nativity where, the story goes, Jesus, the Prince of Peace was born, pilgrims from around the world are gathering for midnight mass. But for some, the real celebration of peace happened last week, a 10-minute drive away from the church, in as humble a place as the stable where Christ was born. At Canary … Continue reading “In Bethlehem, a Christmas story with a modern message-and Jingle Bells in Arabic”

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From Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, here’s something you may not have heard…

by Rashmee

Posted on December 24, 2019


 

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1,400 years before Trump the wall was celebrated as a beautiful way to feel secure

by Rashmee

Posted on February 25, 2017


The idea of walls – Donald Trump’s proposed “beautiful” build along Mexico; Israel’s 708-km separator from the West Bank; Tunisia’s barrier of sand banks and water trenches along its border with Libya – can be pretty comforting. Nearly 1,400 years ago, when the Umayyads had established the first Muslim caliphate, they started to construct walled … Continue reading “1,400 years before Trump the wall was celebrated as a beautiful way to feel secure”

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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