The Frontlines of Peace
Release Date: 04/28/2021
An abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy. It is a basic healthcare need for millions of women, girls and others who can become pregnant. Worldwide, an estimate 1 in 4 pregnancies end in an abortion every year, according to Amnesty International. But while the need for abortion is common, access to safe and legal abortion services is far from guaranteed. In countries like Iran abortion is illegal. Iranian women conduct unsafe and hidden abortion procedure in private clinics to end their pregnancies. In this audio oped, Sara Jamshidi compares Iran and the United States of...info_outline Journeys Toward Gender Equality in Islam by Ziba Mir-Hosseini
About this episode: If justice is an essential value in Islam, why have women been treated as second-class citizens in Islamic legal tradition? In her book , Ziba Mir-Hosseini explores how democratic gender laws might be constructed from within the Islamic legal framework. She explains how her journey, and the journeys of six influential Muslim intellectuals, has created the framework for further exploration of gender equality in Islam. About our guest: , specializing in Islamic law, gender and development, she is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in...info_outline Don’t Forget Us At Guantanamo by Mansoor Adayefi
About the book At the age of 18, Mansoor Adayfi left his home in Yemen for a cultural mission to Afghanistan. He never returned. Kidnapped by warlords and then sold to the US after 9/11, he was disappeared to Guantánamo Bay, where he spent the next 14 years as Detainee #441. Don’t Forget Us Here tells two coming-of-age stories in parallel: a makeshift island outpost becoming the world’s most notorious prison and an innocent young man emerging from its darkness. Arriving as a stubborn teenager, Mansoor survived the camp’s infamous interrogation program and became a feared and...info_outline Bilhana: Wholefood Recipes from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco
Yasmine Elgharably is a self-taught home cook with a business background and a passion for Middle Eastern cuisine. She is the co-founder of CairoCooking.com, a recipe-sharing platform for Middle Eastern food. Shewekar Elgharably is an interior decorator. In 2016 she became a certified health coach and recipe developer for healing and nutritious dish combinations. Yehia El-Alaily is a Cairo-based food and travel photographer with over fifteen years’ experience.info_outline The Beauty of the Houri by Nerina Rustomji
The fascination with the houri, the pure female of Islamic paradise, began long before September 11, 2001. The Beauty of the Houri: Heavenly Virgins, Feminine Ideals demonstrates how the ambiguous reward of the houri, mentioned in and developed in Islamic theological writings, has gained a distinctive place in the cultural eye from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. We talk with Nerina Rustomji, an associate and the author of The Beauty of the Houri: Heavenly Virgins, Feminine Ideals. The houri had multiple functions in that ranged from caretaker, to pure...info_outline Peacemindedly Podcast, Season Five, Ramadan Special and Much More ...
Hello and Salam to you beautiful peaceful bridge makers. Journalists report on women in Muslim and Middle Eastern countries when their rights are violated. But they report on women in Western societies when their rights are respected, according to Islamophobia and Media Portrayal of Muslim Women, a text analysis of U.S. News coverage by Rochelle Terman. Is there a way to challenge this reality? I think there is. Salam again, My name is Sara Jamshidi, publisher of Goltune.com. Here at Goltune we are a group of passionate, professional women looking to bridging the gap...info_outline Egyptian Flavors by Dyna Eldaief
About our guest: Dyana Eldaief is the author of , easy-to-follow recipes that are rich with vegetables, flavors, legumes and meat. Dyna has appeared on the Middle East edition of the reality television cooking show The Taste. She is active on YouTube and Instagram and offers classes on her website. About the Book: This charming, pocket-sized collection of recipes is the perfect introduction to Egyptian cooking. From classic starters and breakfast dishes like ta‘miya (falafel) and fuul medammis (slow-cooked fava beans), to well-loved main meals such as stuffed cabbage leaves...info_outline Islam doesn't have a feminism, women are creating one; and The U.S. media vs. Muslims
Islam doesn't have a feminism, women are creating one; and The U.S. media vs. Muslimsinfo_outline Reopening Muslim Minds by Mustafa Akyol
Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the . In his work, he focuses on the intersection of public policy, , and modernity. Mustafa is defined by various media outlets as one of the most notable Muslim modernist and reformist. He has been a regular contributing opinion writer for The New York Times since 2013. Amazon - In Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for The New York Times, both diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world, and offers a way forward....info_outline Omid Roustaei: Thanksgiving, Persian Style
Omid Roustaei is a Persian chef / recipe developer with a well-attended blog called Caspian Chef – Omid Roustaei. Omid’s love of Persian cooking started when Omid was determined to keep his nostalgic connection with his homeland Iran, and his home-city Babol. A former-private chef, Omid combines his passion for cooking, expert knowledge, and life experience to take his audience on a culinary expedition. In his cooking classes, Omid transports his audience to Iran with tales of his childhood stories by sharing his knowledge about plant-based, intuitive cooking and his love of...info_outline
In a surprising, funny, and gut-wrenching book: The Frontlines of Peace, Séverine Autesserre, award-winning author, peacebuilder, and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, explains the hopeful story of the ordinary yet extraordinary people who have figured out how to build lasting peace in their communities. Sara Jamshidi talk with Autesserre about her book and experience as a peacebuilder.
Séverine Autesserre website – The word “peacebuilding” evokes a story we’ve all heard over and over: violence breaks out, foreign nations are scandalized, peacekeepers and million-dollar donors come rushing in, warring parties sign a peace agreement and, sadly, within months the situation is back to where it started—sometimes worse.
But what strategies have worked to build lasting peace in conflict zones, particularly for ordinary citizens on the ground? And why should other ordinary citizens, thousands of miles away, care?
In The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World Séverine Autesserre, award-winning researcher and peacebuilder, examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry.
In her book, Autesserre gives examples drawn from across the globe. She reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. She argues that contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. And, she believes that real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens.
The Frontlines of Peace tells the stories of the ordinary yet extraordinary individuals and organizations that are confronting violence in their communities effectively.
One thing is clear: Successful examples of peacebuilding around the world, in countries at war or at peace, have involved innovative grassroots initiatives led by local people, at times supported by foreigners, often employing methods shunned by the international elite.
By narrating success stories of this kind, Autesserre shows the radical changes we must take in our approach if we hope to build lasting peace around us—whether we live in Congo, the United States, or elsewhere.