During the Festival of Sacrifice, Fatimid rulers publicly sacrificed a camel. Maribel Fierro discusses the political and religious significance of this ritual, and traces later versions under other dynasties. She argues a visual re-imagination even appears on the mantle of the Norman king of Sicily.
In recent years Arab youth have received increasing attention, symbolizing a contradictory image for the West as either heroic anti-authoritarian protesters or radical Islamists. Neither of these images does justice to their local and complex realities.
Driss Moussaoui, a Moroccan psychiatrist, is a man with a mission: improving the mental health of his patients and of society at large. Being sensitive to people’s religious beliefs is imperative, he says in an interview with Annemarie van Sandwijk.