Feruzan had seen on the Turkish news that a leading American politician was talking about banning all Muslims from America. She, like most Turks who heard the news, was stunned that America, could produce such a politician.
We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
The rapturous quality of Sufi poetry continues to fascinate me, but the idea of loving and seeking God while listening to radical mullahs is deeply troubling. Prostration to God devoid of spirituality is no different from doing sit-ups.
What the alchemy of Fes represents is something that is at the very heart of what so many of us who speak of social justice are striving for: a willingness to listen and to hear, to understand and to learn across cultures.