Aquila Style’s Columnists Highlights 2012

Afia R Fitriati rounds up on our columnists’ writings this year. This year marks the birth of this smashing new website. I believe I can speak for all my fellow Aquila columnists that we all feel lucky to have the honor of coloring this site weekly with our reportings, commentaries, analyses and, sometimes, rambling musings. Whether … Read more

Luxe Issue

Dear Readers In this fast-paced world of lunchtime facelifts, microwave meals and express pedicures, the term ‘luxury’ has come to refer to more than just riches and material goods. In this issue, we explore all sorts of indulgences that we seek and love to receive. First, let us address the most obvious of luxury items: … Read more

“Hot Muslim Men” Mock Calendar Brings More Chill Than Thrill

A mock pin-up calendar featuring Muslim men deflates the impact of a new book it seeks to promote, writes Amal Awad. And it highlights the gender bias prevalent in Muslim communities. It’s a shame when a great idea is corrupted in a bid for marketing buzz. Cue the upcoming book Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, … Read more

Perspectives on Muslim Feminism

Muslim women shouldn’t be afraid of the feminist tag, writes Amal Awad. We should all be striving for the empowerment of women. Being the sole female amongst the boys in my family meant gender divisions were ever prominent growing up. I felt a little like Smurfette, just nowhere near as blonde, cute and self-assured. Apart from … Read more

The Halal Guide to Films

Films are loved on a global scale, but if you grew up in a Muslim household, it always had to be PG-13. Amal Awad gives her top six Muslim parent-friendly choices. I’m a self-confessed movie lover, so much so that I’m even learning how to write them. I put this down to one central but not entirely … Read more