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Dilara Hafiz
Dilara Hafiz was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She holds degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. She is the co-author of The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook and the former Vice-President of the Arizona Interfaith Movement.

Entries by Dilara Hafiz

Obelisk Art 450: Our Oldest City Is on the Cutting Edge of Compassion

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:16 PM


Freedom. Democracy. Human Rights. Compassion. These admirable 21st century ideals inspired the creation of the early 19th century obelisk monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion, the country's oldest public park (dating back to 1575) in the country's oldest continuously settled...

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A New Interfaith Commemoration in the Nation's Oldest City

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Where can you find a Native American 'smudging' ceremony, a shofar blowing, and a Hindu chanting, all in the same place? If you guessed Saint Augustine,'d be correct! If you haven't heard of it, you may be surprised to learn that it's the nation's oldest continuously-settled European city, home...

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The Writing Center Diwaniya: Mission Impossible or a Vision of the Future?

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 3:08 PM

Imagine a typical day at a typical college campus. Students gather at the elevators, relax over coffee, and mingle in the common areas. Now imagine a typical day at a private U.S.-style university in Kuwait. The conversations are conducted in Arabic or English, but the topics are remarkably similar: friends,...

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Transforming Pain Into Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:26 AM

Hanouf Aljuhail is not your typical Kuwaiti woman. In fact, she defies the stereotype of a well-to-do woman who can live a life of luxury and leisure because she has chosen to fill her every waking moment with her passion ... simultaneously working full-time in the Writing Center at the...

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A Celebration of the Pen Over the Sword

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 10:39 AM

Where in the world would you find Karen Armstrong in a room with 2,000 opinionated Muslims... all enjoying a lively discussion about tolerance, compassion, and religion? At the Karachi Literature Festival. Yes, Karachi. As in Karachi, Pakistan... the city where this week's headlines include "Tribal elder's house blown...

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Three Pakistanis: All Young, All Talented, All Women

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 4:00 PM

The headlines may scream "war, drone bombings, militants, kidnappings," but they fail to reveal the positive strides which the city of Karachi has experienced lately. With a population of over 15 million, Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and the world's fourth largest metropolitan city. It's a bustling hub of commercial...

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What's in a (Muslim) Name?

(12) Comments | Posted January 1, 2011 | 6:35 PM

I admit it. I have a bad habit that I'm desperately trying to break. Growing up in cosmopolitan Washington D.C. with its mix of embassies, proximity to Europe, and hordes of international students, I relished meeting people of different ethnicities. Color, religion and language didn't seem to matter as much...

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Understanding Muslim Fireworks on 9/11/10

(29) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 2:19 PM

The 9th anniversary of 9/11. Silent vigils, memorial services, and commemorative events will be held around the USA. Foreign press outlets will undoubtedly devote a few minutes to replay the horrific footage while remarking on the solemn observances across our country.

But for one-quarter of the world's population, this day...

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Yes, I Know That Churches Cannot Be Built in Saudi Arabia

(66) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 2:34 PM

But they can be built in the other 56 Muslim-majority countries in the world! As Americans, do we want to compare ourselves to the single exception to the rule of interfaith tolerance? After all, we pride ourselves on our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom of expression......

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