A British photographer captures the Indian phenomenon of men non-romantically holding hands


Vincent Dolman A surprising cultural norm prevails in India: Men here like to hold hands. Though masculinity is rigidly defined and homophobia rampant in the country, the practice is so common that it is rarely noticed. British fashion and celebrity photographer Vincent Dolman, however, found this gesture to be delightfully unconventional, and an...

Arts & Culture

The world’s best falafel recipe comes from Egypt


 With a little practice you’ll be making tasty falafel like an old hand. Photograph: Jill Mead for the Guardian A trip to Alexandria confirmed the best way of making falafel is not the most common. Try replacing chickpeas with superior fava beans, just like the Egyptians A few years ago, I set...

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10 Incredible Books By Muslim Women Writers


The Muslim world—including predominantly Islamic countries spanning Asia to the Middle East to Africa, as well as the global diasporic communities—has an incredibly rich literary history. From the poems of 13th-century Persian poet (and Sufi mystic) Rumi to the 20th-century literature of novelists like Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz...

Women & Wellness

Rahaf al-Qunun: 'I hope my story encourages other women to be brave and free'


     Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is greeted by Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Reuters   Saudi woman begins new life in Canada after her family disowns her    Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada hopes to 'encourage other women to be brave' – video Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the...

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