Ibrahim Morady: the carpet dealer who helped fool the Nazis
Ibrahim, a gregarious man by all accounts, had a great life as a young man in Paris in the 1930s. But in 1940, Germany invaded France, dividing it into an occupied north, and a compliant but nominally sovereign French state in the south, with its capital in Vichy. The Nazis imposed their racial laws across the country, and French authorities demanded that all Jews register with the police. While Iran and Germany had a diplomatic agreement protecting Iranian citizens in Europe, Ibrahim knew his family -- his three brothers and three sisters -- were at risk. “They were in trouble,” his son, Claude says. “The Gestapo would turn up at their house. They had to leave their doors open, and the Gestapo would just walk in. A few times my dad was going to get grabbed. He mentioned that there were some close calls.”
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Muslim women are using social media to expand the boundaries of fashion and beauty
Though it has a history stretching back decades in Muslim-majority countries, like Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, modern Muslim fashion culture was not “discovered” by Western media until very recently – thanks to the efforts of Muslim women themselves.
In the summer of 2014, Layla Shaikley, a tech industry professional, brought Muslim fashion to the attention of thousands of Americans with a self-produced music video set to Jay-Z’s “Somewhere in America.” Shaikley told Muftah she produced the video because she felt depictions of Muslim women in the Western media failed to represent her experience as a cosmopolitan American Muslim. She even coined a new term for the style captured in the video, tagging it “#Mipsterz,” a combination of the word Muslims and hipster.
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Overdue recognition for Mizrahi poets
For decades, the poetry, literature and culture of Mizrahi Jews, those who came from Arab and Middle Eastern countries, was excluded from and marginalized in the Israeli mainstream and educational curriculum. That is beginning to change, and there exists a unique opportunity to correct the course.
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