The demoralised Muslim mind

Nayla Majestya  During my graduate studies some years ago, I remember having countless conversations with my peers concerning our struggle to feel happy. It appeared rather ridiculous; we were a group of young, healthy students, with a decent level of intellect, and in a stable enough financial situation to be able to choose graduate school over earning our keep. Yet in a bid to feel … Continue reading The demoralised Muslim mind

“Why can’t Muslims take a joke?”

Aaminah Y. The world of entertainment has played its part in recent attempts to tackle institutional racism. As artists stepped down from voicing non-white characters and streaming sites removed scenes featuring racially insensitive content, a much needed line was redrawn in determining what is acceptable humour.  Yet, one area still subject to ridicule in the mainstream is religion. From the blasphemous Danish cartoons of the … Continue reading “Why can’t Muslims take a joke?”

Review: The Color of Law

Heraa Hashmi Once known as the murder capital of the United States, East Palo Alto is cornered by Highway 101. The boom that led people to Silicon Valley largely circumvented the area; yet it is a mere few hundred feet away from Palo Alto, home to Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page. Its assessment as a poor, unsafe area (now facing gentrification) is not incorrect, but … Continue reading Review: The Color of Law

Critiquing influencer culture

Seven months in, 2020 has proven a hard year for influencers. The coronavirus pandemic that swept across the world saw many millionaire YouTubers and Instagrammers struggling to make ends meet[1], as advertising contracts were cut and lockdown measures limited content production. The industry was also the target of criticism in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, after many social media stars … Continue reading Critiquing influencer culture

Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly

Aaminah Y. Usama Ibn Munqidh slayed crusaders and grappled with lions. He was struck by spears and pelted with arrows, yet he did not die in battle. Entering his 90th year, he wrote: “Far easier is death at any army’s head than the taxations of a lingering life of pain and dread.” His years of service to the kings had come to an end as … Continue reading Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly