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Yusra Tekbali
Yusra Tekbali is a Libyan-American human rights activist and freelance journalist. Her essay, "Hill Diaries" in the critically acclaimed anthology I Speak For Myself: American Women on being Muslim, describes her struggle with identity, balancing faith and daily life as a public servant.

Entries by Yusra Tekbali

Proposal for Unity Government Requires Sacrifice

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 5:41 PM

Thursday was the first day of Eid AL Adha, a Muslim celebration that commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God's command and sacrifice his son Ismael. Symbolically Muslims around the world slaughter a sheep, a practice that has some Muslims asking is that even necessary?

In her article "

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Libya -- What Happened?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:45 PM

It's appropriate that I will mark my 30th birthday in Cairo. The last time I was in Egypt I was a Twitter-obsessed self-proclaimed revolutionary with intellectual crushes on all the other self-proclaimed revolutionaries tweeting the horrors and hilarities of toppling regimes. Now, nearly four years later, I'm heading to the...

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Arab Spring: Inspired by 9/11?

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 3:26 PM

It's been 10 years. Why should I write about 9/11? It has consumed my life for 10 years. Isn't that enough? Sometimes I think 9/11 took away the best years of my life.

Maybe I sound like the same 16-year-old high school junior I was on this day 10...

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Libyan Women Active Force In Revolution

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Last Year, during the holy month of Ramadan, I was in Tripoli researching the status of women in Libya's society, along with Journalist and Author Natalie Moore. We interviewed women across the spectrum: artists, housewives, teachers, government officials, university students and businesswomen. The stories were later aired on...

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Islam and the Arab Revolutions

(28) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 11:31 AM

There is a verse in the Holy Quran that captures what is happening in the Arab world today.

"Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." (13:11).

That verse was often cited by ordinary Muslims, scholars and apathetic youth before the...

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Libya and Tunisia: Open borders, Humanity at work

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 7:29 PM

Today's date is noteworthy. It is the 13th Friday since the uprising began in Libya on February 17. Being Friday the 13th, it's particularly significant if you believe in superstitions -- and Libyans tend to. Libyan aid workers here joked about it being a "Black day" for Gaddafi, and on...

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My Life as a Libyan-American Muslim Woman

(59) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 7:41 PM

The Arab revolutions of 2011, or "Arab Spring" as it is commonly called, not only challenged political systems and dictators, but people's beliefs, habits, faith and preconceived notions about everything, which set the gender debate on fire. As women took to the streets in protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya,...

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