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On November 14th 2015 I participated in one of Expo2020’s first youth events, #YouthConnect, that took place in Dubai. This full day event was busy with various speakers, workshops, seminars, comedy shows, and entertainment. Among the brilliant speakers there was Mohammed Saeed Harib the founder of Fareej, and Sara Amiri, the Deputy Project Manager to the Emirates Mars Mission. But there was one speaker whose words and thoughts resonated in me for a few days. Read Full Article

Omar ibn Abdul’Aziz (Omar II) was the first revivalist in Islamic history. He was the eighth caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate in 717 until his assassination in 719. Although only two and a half years in power, he revived the duties and responsibilities of the caliph, gave back the wealth to the people, set policies that are active till today, and worked in uniting between the Muslim communities. Read Full Article

There are two foods in this world that have a special place in most of our hearts, ice-cream and Nutella. And there is a country that provides those two, Turkey. Other than their mouthwatering Turkish ice-cream, Turkey also produces 80 percent of hazelnut in the world, which is the primary ingredient for Nutella. (FOA United Nations 2015) However, there is more to Turkey than its ice-cream and hazelnut production. Read Full Article

NOTE: This was my Graduate Degree Thesis – Its 80 pages

In 2014, the “Islamic State” (ISIS) crossed state borders between Iraq and Syria, claiming the end of state sovereignty in the Middle East. “ISIS” goal is to establish a single caliphate under one national flag, and a ruling Sunni Muslim government with little regard to other religions. This article contradicts “ISIS” perspective by examines several historic examples, in particular, the United Arab Republic (UAR), towards unity while maintaining and respecting state sovereignty. The successes and failures of the UAR provides a case study to the successful economic, social and political cooperation the region requires and forms a modern perspective on how a united Middle East could look like today. Other than the UAR, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a successful example of unity in the Middle East. While respecting sovereignty Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE was able to establish unity in the region twice. Both in the establishment of the Trucial States that later became the UAE in 1971, in addition to the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in 1981. The article concludes as to whether a united Middle East that calls for political, economic, and social cooperation while maintaining state sovereignty is possible.

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This article talks about the importance of setting up a common societal goal as means to progress by studying historic and recent examples of tolerance or division in societies. Read Full Article

I discussed in my last article four major components that unite a region; they are physical barriers, social development, political union, and interdependence. However, within all these components one prominent aspect is embed in all four, and that’s a social structure. Read Full Article

Today, ISIS is destroying the state borders between Iraq and Syria, claiming the “End of Sykes-Picot”. In their perspective, it’s the almost 100 year policy that caused the Middle East to be in the state it is in today. Although the Sykes-Picot did play a role, however, it is not the reason as to why the Middle East is in the state it is today. To understand the Sykes-picot agreement one must go back into the 1900’s and look into the history of the Middle East. In my opinion, there are four things that I think unites a region; they are physical barriers, social development, political union, and interdependence. The Sykes-Picot is just a quarter of the problem, and physical barriers are a minor contributor to division in the Middle East.

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      Abu Humaid Al-Ghazali is one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians and jurists in Islamic history. He was born in northern Persia, in a small city by the name of Tus in the 11th century, 1058 AD (449 AH). Al-Ghazali lived through the Abbasid Caliphate, the Fatimid Caliphate, the Seljuk Empire, and the First Crusades. He wrote several books regarding philosophy, ethics and spiritual studies. A few of his most prominent works include “The Revival of Religious Sciences”, “The Incoherence of Philosophers” and “The Alchemy of Happiness”. It was from his works that a generation of pious, virtuous and moral men such Saladin were brought up. I would like to discuss his book “The Revival of Religious Sciences”, in specifically a topic that’s very dear to my heart, and that’s food. Read Full Article