On Writing and Literature

Nudity woman campaigner fully clothed in glory

Amal Rigal leader of the influential UFAFH emerges from nudity protest fully clothed with glory Caption: Kuwaiti men cheering Amal Rigal outside the Avenues Mall. …  The Gulf state of Kuwait last night was more optimistic of its future a champion of the Arab Spring, democracy and women rights than at any time since independence […]

God help men – Arab girls are catching up fast

Arab girls are catching up with their European and American sisters fast A social study of matrimonial trends in the Arab World confirms Arab girls are catching up fast with their European and American associates of Universal Womanhood, a sign they are ignoring idiotic fatwas (sham Islamic rulings) ordering them not to strip totally naked […]

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan, sing away and make good Muslims happy

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan, sing away and make good Muslims happy. The title of your song is “Islamically” fine ‘Inshallah’ and ‘Mashallah’: What’s the difference?There’s a whiff of confusion concerning the two popular phrases “inshallah’ and “mashallah”.”Inshallah’ Somebody wrote on the web: “Say ‘mashallah’” is a request, or more of a command, that my […]

Actually, I’m still pissed off, and sad

A friend of mine, well, not any more, came to London and invited me to dinner at his hotel. As a newly appointed acting editor of a magazine in a Gulf capital, he wanted some exciting stories for a grand entrance to his newly decorated office back home. I suggested several interviews three of which attracted his […]

In search of Spain’s historic Andalusia

A Search for Traces of Spain’s Islamic Past Tor Eigeland* I set out on my trip to photograph the traces of Spain’s Moorish past by driving south, down the coast from my home near Barcelona. Valencia In Valencia and its satellite towns of Manises and Paterna I saw some interesting ruins, though in my opinion […]