Ghosts of Christmas past

I can remember octogenarian Arabs telling me in my travels to the Middle-East how in their distant childhoods mosques in Syria, Jordan and Palestine would be decorated for Christmas.

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Told not to bury my father

The other day I tuned into a Q & A, a popular programme on all our South African Muslim radio stations. This is where a titled cleric tackles listeners’ religious questions. Generally speaking, I would say that these programmes serve a useful purpose. A wide range of issues are usually[…]

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Animal Farm and Xenophobia

Animal Farm, the feted novel by George Orwell (the nom-de-plume of Eric Arthur Blair) has been studied by generations of learners. Written by a struggling left-wing journalist, it employs the allegory of a farm to tell a tightly-woven tale of how social revolution can turn on itself. First published in[…]

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Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem is dying

Terry Crawford-Browne, who is currently observing the Palestinian situation for the World Council of Churches, reports that the Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem is very tense due to house demolitions and evictions by belligerent settlers. The Israelis have been trying to ethnically cleanse this historical Arab part of the[…]

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No, I'm not asleep…

Just to say that we’re still alive, and kicking – well almost. The “Travelling Light” TV Project has left town, and yours truly is a little bedraggled. Lots of behind the scenes running around and long hours, but director Zak Whiteman flew out of Cape Town last night a happy[…]

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The Traveling Light Project is in town

  No, we’re not advertising a hippie bus-ride to Cape Point.   “The Traveling Light Project” is the brainchild of Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad, professor of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University. The Shaikh is one of the world’s foremost experts on Imam al-Ghazali, the 12th century colossus of Islam who[…]

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Close that d….. window! It's hot outside, stupid.

Us Capetonians are a weird, if not colourful and otherwise lot. Construct a footbridge over a freeway, and we’ll inevitably play Russian roulette in the traffic.  Nothing like dancing amongst the pantechnicons. In summer, when the mornings are wind free, we’ll sleep until the south-easter comes up gale force – and only[…]

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