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[July 15th, 2009]

hi! is anyone still in this community? its a great idea!
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[March 3rd, 2009]

Hello everyone!

I am a non-Muslim who is currently taking a college course on the Qur'an. I would love to discuss with you some ideas Asama Barlas talks about in the her book Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an. The basic concept of the book is that sexism is not present in the Qur'an, but is simply a product of Muslim societies for various reasons.

Would most of you agree that the Qur'an does not state that women are inferior? How much importance do you all give the hadith in its various portrayals of women? Also, do you think that the perception of God as a man has perpetuated the idea that women are inferior?

In terms of scripture, what do you all think of hijabs, etc?

I'd love if you could give me specific quotes from the Qur'an to support your views, but anecdotal answers would be great as well. :)
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[September 7th, 2007]
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cultural marriages [August 21st, 2007]

what are your views on young engagment/marriage ( 16-21)

and what are your views on marrying relatives?

these are two things that are pretty normal in our culture, but some find odd and others even grossed out by...

what are your feelings about this, as arab females?

Community promotion [September 7th, 2006]

for brown eyed people and lovers of brown eyes

hey i'm a n00b! [August 24th, 2006]

[ mood | awake ]

Hey! I just found this community, and yeah, this is really cool! There's others that have "goth" or "alternative" girls post pics- but this one seems to have a little more substance!! (ya' know, beyond just posting to be vain.)

I'm 1/2 Birtish and 1/2 Lebanese. Kinda' wierd?

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Understanding the Middle East Conflict [August 23rd, 2006]

Israel is having more and more trouble putting down this popular revolution over the Occupied Territories. The repression of the Palestinians and the Lebanese is not qualitatively different right now from what it was 40 years ago -- it's just that it's escalated in scale sincee the Palestinians and the Lebanese started fighting back. For the Palestinians it started during the Intifada. So the brutality you see occasionally on television has in fact been going on for the last 40 years, and it's just the nature of a military occupation: military occupations are harsh and brutal, there is no other kind [Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights from Jordan, Egypt, and Syria during the Six Day War in 1967, and has controlled them ever since]. There's been home-destruction, kidnappings, torture, collective punishments, expulsion, plenty of humiliation, censorship -- you'd have do go back to the days of the American South to know what it's been like for the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. They are not supposed to raise their heads -- that's what they say in Israel, "They're raising their heads, we've got to do something about it." And that's the way the Palestinians have been living.

Well, the United States has been quite happy supporting that -- so long as it worked. But in the past few years, it hasn't worked. See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence. If violence is effective, everything's okay; but if violence loses its effectiveness, then they start worrying and have to try something else. In fact, the occupation's beginning to be rather harmful for Israel. So it's entirely possible that there could be some tactical changes coming with respect to how Israel goes about controlling the Territories.

Outside the United States, everybody knows what the solution for resolving the conflict in the region would be. For years there's been a very broad consensus in the world over the basic framework of a solution in the Middle East, with the exception of two countries: the United States and Israel. It's going to be some variety of two-state settlement.

Look, there are two groups claiming the right of national self-determination in the same territory; they both have a claim, they're competing claims. There are various ways in which such competing claims could be reconciled -- you could do it through a federation, one thing or another -- but given the present state of conflict, it's just going to have to be about the modalities -- should it be a confederation, how do you deal with economic integration, and so on -- but the principle's quite clear: there has to be some settlement that recognizes the right of self-determination of Jews in something like the state of Israel, and the right of self-determination of Palestinians in something like a Palestinian State. And everybody knows where that Palestinian state would be -- in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, along roughly the borders that exsisted before the Six Day War in 1967.

All of this has been obvious for years -- why hasn't it happened? Well, of course Israel's opposed to it. But the main reason it hasn't happened is because the United States has blocked it: the United states has been blocking the peace process in the Middle East for the last twenty years -- WE'RE the leaders of the rejectionist camp, not the Arabs or anybody else. See, the United States supports a policy which Henry Kissinger called "stalemate"; that was his word for it back in 1970. At that time, there was kind of a split in the American government as to whether we should join the broad international consensus on a political settlement, or block a political settlement. And in that internal struggle, the hard-liners prevailed; Kissinger was the main spokesman. The policy that won out was what he called "stalemate": keep things the way they are, maintain the system of Israeli oppression. And there was a good reason for that, it wasn't just out of the blue: having an embattled, militaristic Israel is an important part of how we rule the world.

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Young, Hip, and Muslim? [August 22nd, 2006]

Salaam Aleykoom!

I'm a young American Muslim who is sick and tired of only hearing about Islam in headlines. So I've started a new line of clothing and gifts that is geared towards young, modern Muslims who are ready to make their own headlines. Some political, some funny, some religious, and lots of ARABIC! So check it out, please spread the word if you dig it, and check in periodically for new designs.

And if you like it, WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

American Muslim

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[August 11th, 2006]

[ mood | thirsty ]

I am mostly Egyptian. I am back in Canada now.

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I approve. [July 20th, 2006]

[ mood | Pretty ]

I just found this community, and I love seeing everyone's pictures!

I'm Jewish, mostly Ashkenazi (Lithuanian/Romanian), with a bit of Sefardic (Greek/Spanish) in me as well. The Ashkenazi comes out in me much more than the Sefardi...but my sister is the opposite with very dark olive skin, black eyes, and black hair. In fact, people have asked us if we are even sisters because she is so much darker compared to me (and I'm pretty pale.) I have auburn hair, but in the sun, I almost look more like a red-head than a brunette, and my eyes are a very dark green with a bit of brown. Anyways, here's a picture of me!

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[July 16th, 2006]


I just happened upon this community. I love that I found something like this, I am of Ashkenazi and Sefardic decent and think women of these cultures are absolutely beautiful. My grandmother on our Ashkenazi side gave me my red hair and slavic eyes, but my sephardic grandmothers gave me my love of middle eastern music and culture. I look forward to chatting.

Eleanor AKA Shoshona
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[June 30th, 2006]

Hi everyone! I just joined here. You all are so beautiful! My grandfather was from western Turkey, and he had hazel eyes which I inherited. I'm not exactly sure how many middle eastern features I have, because I am also part German which gave me light colored hair/skin but I am curious. I have always been drawn to people of middle eastern decent.. It is very apparent that my mother is middle eastern, she has a pronounced nose and olive skin with dark hair but she doesn't like her picture being taken.

So here are a few pictures of me!

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[May 20th, 2006]

hi again
my last entry i asked about my hair, whether i should grow it out or cut it. well, it is still the same length, but now its summer and i dont know what to do. i want to cut it cute and styled, but i am also in love with the length....help. i havent had long hair during the summer in a long time. does it suck? should i cut>?? sorry if this was obnoxious-

anyways here are the same pictures that show my hair length really well. the links changed so they dont show up in my other entry.
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"Party from Damascus" radio show, WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago [March 3rd, 2006]

Like Middle Eastern music? Belly dance music? All sorts of music from the Middle East?

Join the new community, haflamindimashq, for my radio show, playing all Arab music. We'll be streaming on the web soon, and available to listeners worldwide, check out the website as well!


Hey kinda new, I just never posted [February 2nd, 2006]


Hey I am Annie aka Chen Miriam Shamir. I am 18 years old. I am half Israeli and half American. My mother is American but my looks take after after my father who is Israeli along with a quarter itunis and a quarter Turkish in there also. I am from California but have spend the last 7 months in Israel visiting family meeting family for the first time and living on a kibbutz doing an ulpan program. Today I finally got my Israeli passport and became an Israeli citizen and I am going back to Isreal in March to do another program and then who knows from there.

Anywho I don't have any pictures right now but I hope to have some soon.


In the mean time you can check out my mypsace page if you want to see pics....





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Woo, some more middle eastern hottness!!! [December 4th, 2005]

[ mood | aggravated ]

Hi, my name is Noura, I'm 100% Palestinian. I got the dark hair, dark eyes, big nose, and the light ass skin to match lol.

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[November 22nd, 2005]
[ mood | relaxed ]

i am palestinian and lebanese on my fathers side, and my mother is australian.

sometimes i get upset because people don't "believe" that i am middle eastern. i always wear eye make up to play up my eyes as i feel that they are my most obvious middle eastern feature but apart from that any tips would be welcome!

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I am mostly Egyptian [November 21st, 2005]

[ mood | sore ]

Here are some pix i got taken in Harajuku


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