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    August 11, 2014

    Review: In the Light of What We Know

    Review: In the Light of What We Know By Leah Wotherspoon In the Light of What We Know. Zia Haider Rahman. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. P...
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Staying Active During Ramadan

We are in the final stretch of Ramadan and the length of the fast is still very much a point of discussion. But it is the length of the fast that’s made many more Muslims interested in having a healthy Ramadan. Stuffing our faces with just about anything and everything at iftar and suhoor simply won’t sustain us during a 17 hour plus fast. So questions about the right type of food to eat, the subsequent portions and how often to eat (during the limited hours we’re able to) have been circulating. While my facebook feed has been inundated with…

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Book Review: The Golem and The Jinni

Surely, we’ve all heard stories of Jinn – those mythical creatures born of fire, about whom we know only enough to taunt our imaginations. I recall one young woman, years ago, who came to me crying about the jinn who had recently started terrorizing her in her bedroom. Surely, this was just her imagination, I thought to myself at first. Surely, she’s not actually talking about jinn. When she finished her account, tears pooled in her wide eyes, wet tracks down her cheeks, I surprised myself. I told her that if the jinn had been able to harm her, that…

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Eating Better during Ramadan

With Ramadan just around the corner, we prepare for a month of fasting, but also of feasting. Many Muslims, will receive offers to attend a number of Iftars – dinners where one breaks one’s fast – where copious amounts of food and drink will be served. These are often lavish affairs, boasting the best of cultural cuisine. The fact that Islam doesn’t  legislate how much we eat during Ramadan is what makes it possible for laypeople, and not just ascetics, to keep 19-hour fasts of no food and drink. Overeating and eating unhealthy foods is a common, modern, and global…