Will We Ever Change?

by samar on Sunday, November 14th, 2010

On Saturday, I was on a panel discussing the new IMAX film Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta The premiere was sold out for both shows! Most of the attendees were Muslim — many of them students — but there were a lot of people from other backgrounds, too. My talk radio […]

Memories of Muhammad, Why the Prophet Matters by Omid Safi

by samar on Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Yesterday I had Professor Omid Safi (of the Islamic Studies program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) on our live radio show, True Talk. The conversation was about his latest book, Memoris of Muhammad:why the prophet matters, which I finished reading last night. It’s not your typical biography of the Prophet; in fact it’s […]

Women and Islam

by samar on Friday, November 12th, 2010

I am currently giving a four-week lecture series on the subject “Women and Islam.” I deliver these lectures twice a year at a local college in my town as part of a program named “Learning in Retirement.” (The program is geared toward an older crowd.) This time my class consists of thirteen women and just […]

كيف بدأت التدريس مجددا و رحلة تطبيق نظرية الحوار مع الأمريكي وما فائدتها

by samar on Sunday, November 7th, 2010

بدأت منذ خمس سنوات بالتدريس مجددا في جامعة جنوب غرب فلوريدا في مدينة تامبا الأمريكية. ولكني أدرس هذة المرة في كلية المتفوقين وهي كأنها جامعة صغيرة ضمن الجامعة الكبيرة لكنها مخصصة لأنجب الطلاب وأذكاهم ويعتبروا قادة المستقبل في أمريكا. وكعادة كل الأشياء معي,  حصلت علي هذه الوظيفة المميزة بمحض الصدفة حيث كنت أعاني من إلتهاب […]

Watching Hurt Locker and Green Zone back to back!

by samar on Saturday, November 6th, 2010

It’s interesting how Hollywood can sometimes try to tell the truth about a piece of History. I think it’s possible simply because of independent media and Independent Film Festivals. Watching the movie Hurt Locker was not easy. Here is the story line of the movie  The power of images is infinite.  I am watching a […]

Art in Sharjah

by samar on Saturday, November 6th, 2010

At Al-Qasbah area that I blogged about has a unique Art Gallery:  Maraya. It hosted Residua exhebition by Barjeel Art Foundation. Did not expect to see this painting at all! 1973 Munich Olympics Another interesting painting was by Palestinian Jerusalemite Steve Sabella.His painting Exile is what every Palestinian feels. Simply out of place. Exile Now this Painting was […]

My Visit to Sharjah Part II

by samar on Friday, November 5th, 2010

I was greeted at Dubai air port by two Emirati men from Sharjah. One of them handed me a very beautiful bouquet of flowers.  It made me feel like I am a star! The ride to the hotel was very interesting. They asked me so many questions. Some were personal like how I met my […]

My Recent Visit to Sharjah

by samar on Friday, November 5th, 2010

I just returned from an eight day visit to Sharjah http://www.sharjah.com/ , the Cultural Hub of the UAE.  I was a guest speaker at the 29th Sharjah International Book Fair. http://www.sharjahbookfair.com/home.html I have never been to this part of the UAE before. I have been to Dubai and to Abu Dhabi last year and found Sharjah […]

Welcome to my blog

by admin on Monday, October 18th, 2010

I think I finally know how to post blogs on web site. Am really advancing :) I just got back from a very interesting trip to Sharjah to attend the 29th International Book Fair.  Will be posting about this experince as soon as I can. Let me leave you with this interesting read and let […]

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