I didn't know a single person when I arrived in the desert. Well, not anyone that I could count on or call up if I found
In the end, to continue my life as normal, I am learning to make my peace with slower progress. Funnily enough, my new job will include French language training. The learning method? A couple of hours of lessons a week.
'This is what Islamophobia got this country into.'
A university student says he was unfairly removed from a flight because a fellow passenger was alarmed by an innocent conversation
In his Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Weltgeschichte or Lectures on the Philosophy of World History, the German philosopher
On the day I got up as usual, it was still dark, and made breakfast. I prayed the Lord's Prayer - 'give us this day our daily bread!' and asked for strength in fasting as a spiritual exercise. I finished breakfast around 06.30 (discovering later that the fast should began at 05.30, no imam for guidance though I could have researched it better - this was several years ago).
In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.
When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.
I often get asked the question - "do you think Arab culture is having an international renaissance?"... Answering the question honestly, I would argue that contemporary Arab culture is in an incoherent and helpless state.
King Muhammad VI has been shrewd. His referendum is ostensibly a victory, and a weapon against those who will argue for more radical democratic changes.