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A Cool Dish for Hot Summer Days: Fattet Djej with Yogurt Posted by on Jun 29, 2013

Marhaba! Today, I am going to teach you how to cook Fattet Djej with yogurt (فتّة دجاج مع لبن). It is a tasty dish that is popular in the Middle East and specifically the Levant. Many in the Arab world trace the origins of fatteh as a recipe back to Damascus (دمشق) the capital of…

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The uprising of women in the Arab world Posted by on Apr 19, 2013

The uprising of women in the Arab world (انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي) is a facebook page ( established in October 2011 by 4 Arab women from Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. They set up a facebook page and invited women and men to take inspiration from the Arab Spring to call for women’s rights and…

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Malak Hefny Nassef Posted by on Mar 23, 2013

Malak Hefny Nassef (ملك حفني ناصف) is an Egyptian writer and a leading feminist. She was born in Cairo in 1886 to an educated family. Her father was a judge and a well-known writer. He was also one of the founders of the Egyptian University.  Malak Hefny Nassef is the first Arab woman to receive…

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Dawood pasha meatballs Posted by on Mar 19, 2013

In this post, I give you the recipe of an easy and delicious meaty dish. It is called Dawood Pasha Kufta (كفتة داوود باشا). It was named after Dawood Pasha, as it is said that he punished a cook who made a mistake in the recipe. It is easy to make and very nice…

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Lent: 40 days of Prayer and Fasting Posted by on Feb 18, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! Last Wednesday, February 13, millions of Christians around the world marched around with a large black cross (صليب) on their foreheads. What is recognized as Ash Wednesday in Western societies is called Ash Monday or Clean Monday(إثنين الرماد) in Levantine societies, where millions celebrated the same symbolic tradition on Monday February 11 –…

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The Egyptian X Factor Posted by on Feb 9, 2013

Marhaba (مرحبا)! In this post, I would like to share a small excerpt from an article on recent developments in show business and entertainment in Egypt. This article was published on the website of Al Akhbar, an Arabic newspaper based in Lebanon that covers different political, economic and cultural developments in the Middle East, North…

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Bethlehem this Christmas Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

Bethlehem (بيت لحم) is holding a very special celebration this Christmas (عيد الميلاد).  A 15 meters long Christmas tree (شجرة عيد الميلاد) is lit, and a special mass (قداس) is held. Celebrating Christmas this year is very special at Bethlehem, as the Palestinians also celebrate the birth of their state after the UN has granted…

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