Mouna Chamma

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Signs you've become a toxic person

As part of my work in crisis intervention, I'd see couples and families all the time who were struggling to get through major issues in their lives. …

The best tablet you can buy right now

You can probably guess<p>For a hot minute, tablets were both super interesting and super hard to define. Sure, there was the iPad, but there were also other contenders. Android blurred the line between phones and tablets with 7-inch slabs. Microsoft pushed out Windows Surface devices that were …

Best Buy

6 Foods a Nutritionist Eats Every Single Day

From energy healers to thyroid doctors, we're surrounded by a wealth of experts who provide relevant information that can improve our health and …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Two Books About Muslim Identity

<b>LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM</b><br>By Omar Saif Ghobash<br>244 pp. Picador. $22.<p><b>THE ATHEIST MUSLIM</b><b><br>A Journey From Religion to Reason</b><br>By Ali A. Rizvi<br>247 pp. St. Martin’s Press. $26.99.<p>In 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s friend Senator Richard Henry Lee expressed both of their opinions when he asserted in Congress, …

Religion

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.<p>There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing …

‘Romantic realism’: the seven rules to help you avoid divorce

The new year is peak time for breakups. But the emotional skills that help a relationship endure can be learned<p>We expect love to be the source of our greatest joys. But, in practice, it is one of the most reliable routes to misery. Few forms of suffering are ever as intense as those we experience …

What to read this summer about the Middle East

It’s time for my annual summer beach week reading suggestions, where I reach beyond the political science literature to recommend books about the Middle East that I found well-written, informative and engaging. I fear this year’s list may be a bit depressing. After all, between multiple civil wars …

Books

What lives under your fingernails?

Washing your hands is the first defence against all kinds of nasty bacteria. But do you wash under your fingernails? Maybe you should…<p>You probably know that handwashing is among the best means of preventing the spread of germs. In many places, public health laws are in place to ensure that those in …

Microbiology

Pluralism and the Najran Christians: How Prophet Muhammad Went Beyond Tolerance

Last week I gave a presentation in front of a group of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The title of my lecture was "Religious Pluralism in Islam: Analyzing Prophet Muhammad's Covenants with Christians". The Prezi is available here. As is the case with …

Addicted To One God

It's mind blowing to me that for so, so long the notion of one single god has absolutely dominated our spiritual imagination and moral intelligence, especially in the west.<p>I find the notion of infinite gods and goddesses - rather than one immense all-encompassing God or Goddess - far more …