With the dawn of Eid-Al-Adha rising upon many countries around the world, Muslims everywhere are jubilant for the feasting that is about to take place. However, millions of Muslims and onlookers of the Feast of the Sacrifice are less enthusiastic about this Islamic tradition that has been celebrated for many generations.
This is why we need to expand our engagement with the rest of the world, just as the vision of the Peace Corps demands. We must deepen our commitment to diversity and service; we must strengthen our commitment to education; and we must elect leaders who demand that we aim to meet these goals, not ones who deride them.
In a dimly lit room, clothing designer Farrukh Ershad pulls out his notebook filled with doodles made on various flights and train rides. He rips out a page and pins it on the wall for a more precise perspective. After scrutinizing and then adjusting every symbol, motif, and letter that doesn't satisfy his critical, artistic eye, he selects garments to pair each design with and decides on which color schemes to use.
100 years on, it seems naive to continue to believe that the division of the region via the Sykes-Picot agreement is still relevant when the reality on the ground tells an entirely different story. The West must take this into account if it hopes to find a solution to a conflict by which it is now also directly concerned.