Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Karagöz puppets set their sights on Lefkoşa – and Nicosia


When I last left you, I was down in the dumps, perhaps a poor choice of metaphors given the topic at the time – the fact that a set of Qu’rans had been dumped in the garbage bin and burned…somehow … Continue reading

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Bebe Ruhi sadly questions Americans and Qu’ran burnings


When I last left you, I wrote about my early exposure to Islam.  Specifically, I wrote about my parents’ interest in Persian rugs, and the carpet-weaving community’s practice of always leaving at least one mistake in their work as “only … Continue reading

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The oppositional Q, or, “only Allah is perfect”


It was midnight, I couldn’t sleep, and cleaning out my closet seemed like a very good idea for what to do with myself. At the back of the closet, I found a set of framed photos, silk-screened prints and paintings … Continue reading

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