Peter’s picks: Conversation for the soul

Meet visual artist Lateefa Spiker, whose geometric imagery is inspired by her mosaic upbringing. I’ve always been moved by UK-based artist Lateefa Spiker’s artwork. Born to parents who converted to Islam, and raised in four different countries, she grew up feeling that she did not belong in just one place. Her pieces have a deeply … Read more

Style spied: Saufeeya Goodson from North Carolina, USA

Her journey with her hijab brought her to where she is today. Spotted by Shea Rasol. Currently running both a fashion and personal blog, 20-year-old Saufeeya writes on various topics. Working on self-imposed projects about Islam, health and modest fashion, Saufeeya believes that this is one of the ways she can create awareness of real Muslim … Read more

MOCAfest 2015: Brushing up on calligraphy with Ruh al-Alam

This designer and visual artist constantly evolve his work to push out of tradition and embrace modern influences. British-born Ruh al-Alam was raised in the UK by his Bangladeshi parents. Trained as a traditional calligrapher, his deep passion for graphic arts led him to experiment with design and typography. Together with designer Peter Gould, Ruh … Read more

Saudi photographer Nouf Alhimiary inspired by feminism

Nouf Alhimiary is an emerging photographer whose practice centers on vintage media and antique cameras. She spoke to Teakster. Teakster: Please introduce yourself and tell us how you started your interest in photography. Nouf Alhimiary: My name is Nouf Alhimiary; I am a photographer from Saudi Arabia. I’ve been interested in photography for as long … Read more

Calling on the 10,000 by Noor Tagouri

After launching an internationally-recognized social media campaign, Noor is determined to achieve her dream of becoming the first hijabi anchor on commercial television in the United States. As she breaks down barriers, Noor Tagouri inspires others to do the same so that they can let their own light shine. Since launching the viral #LetNoorShine campaign … Read more

The forgetful person’s mini-guide to remembering

Five simple methods to remember, for those who keep forgetting where they’ve left their keys. By Beta Nisa. Everything in its right place Force yourself to return things to a specific place once you’ve finished using them. Once you’ve adopted this practice and made it a habit, you’ll have an easier time remembering where you put … Read more

The 5 female Arab artists that we fell in love with

Artistic talent abounds in the Middle East and these five female Arab artists will, and we guarantee it, absolutely take your breath away. Rania Matar Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell … Read more