Islam

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia

This article has previously been published by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. The southern Spanish province of Andalusia is a much-invaded corner of Europe. Its history and culture have been shaped by peoples as distinctive as Iberians, Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and […]

On India, poverty and religion

On India, poverty and religion

On my second day in India, I almost teared up in the back of a tuk-tuk that was driving me past households of cardboard and rags. I was slightly surprised by and appreciative of my own sensitivity: it was not the first time I was […]

Islamic State: media and identity

Islamic State: media and identity

The influence of the so-called Islamic State reaches far beyond the physical territory of the self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Under a variety of names the terrorist organization has infiltrated every media diet and compelled many countries to take action in the form of […]

Identity and nationality in the Gulf

Identity and nationality in the Gulf

Few countries in the world have more foreigners than locals living within their borders. It is the case in the Arabian Gulf, where the majority of the population consists of immigrants: up to more than 85% in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Drawn to […]

Antithesis

Antithesis

Amid the chaos of the city that she was calling her home for a little while now, there were only two sights calm and peaceful: the surface of the river and the setting of the sun. On the bridge, people were gathering to welcome the […]

The stories of Eskibahçe

The stories of Eskibahçe

This is an extra chapter for the book Birds without wings by Louis de Bernières, which I wrote for a university course assignment. It provides a new perspective on the novel. “Lately, I have been having dreams about the former times of Eskibahçe. I have […]