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A Muslim Among Israeli Settlers

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I. The Old City Should I lie to an Israeli soldier in order to be allowed to pray? This was a theological dilemma I never studied in Sunday school, one I never thought I would have to confront. Anxious and on edge, the soldier was standing in front of me, rifle...

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Review: ‘An Ordinary Muslim’ Gets Caught Between Cultures and Genres

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It’s tough to write a coherent play about confusion. How do you dramatize a muddle without making a muddle? That’s the daunting task the first-time playwright Hammaad Chaudry has set for himself in “An Ordinary Muslim,” which opened on Monday at New York Theater Workshop. A timely look at the traumas of...

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Reclaiming the Women of Arabic Popular Epics

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As Women in Translation Month rolls on, Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg looks at the women who seem to have disappeared in scholarship about the Arabic popular epics: By Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg A recent Twitter thread by medievalist Erik Wade, in which he describes fighting against bias and erasure in medieval sources, made me...

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