Although ancient history, the rift between Sunni and Shiite Muslims continues to be a factor in modern-day conflict. In order to understand the conflict it is important to know the difference between these two divisions of Islam, a difference I did not know until recently. Difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims: Both Sunni and Shiite […]Read more "Islam: one religion divided"
One of the main goals of the Global Leadership Certificate Program at Ohio University is to promote cross-cultural awareness and international communication. Many of us aspire to spend time abroad in the future, and some of us would even like to work in another country someday. In order to do that successfully, it’s necessary to […]Read more "The More You Know: A Guide to Professional Etiquette in the Middle East"
A man’s best friend is loyal, always by his side, never tells his secrets, and of course, gives him a big wet kiss when he is “down in the dumps.” This best friend is a dog, known to be one of the most loving creatures on planet Earth- at least in my opinion! Studies have […]Read more "A Man’s Best Friend: Are the Feelings Mutual in the Middle East?"
Ohio University has a well-known reputation for having one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the United States, and yes, the pressure of a perfect costume is oh so real. Every year around this time, I scramble to come up with a costume that’s original and entertaining. As I browsed the web last week for […]Read more "A Culture, not a Costume"
In a year when ISIS and their brutality is at the forefront of America’s mind, it is an unfortunately common latent effect to hear of those that hold a negative generalization towards all Muslim people. Western Islamophobia and its like seems to rise synchronously with news stories and videos of Islamist extremism, and sadly so. […]Read more "Remembering the Link between Doctrine and Behavior"
The linguistic adaption of a word from one language to another brings a whole host of inconsistencies and incompatibilities. I once had a friendly taxi driver who was shy to say his name. I considered this to be a silly thing to avoid, but he said Americans seem to like him less once they knew. I […]Read more "Are we Talking about the Same Jihad?"
A video has lately spread on youtube, showing a veiled young girl walking down the street, and then gets hit by a man passing by. The man knocks her down to the ground, and then runs away. Now the reason he did it is obviously the religious difference he could spot, as she was veiled […]Read more "Video shows discrimination against Islam"