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Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

11 Feb, '174 Comments

My son Arif’s Christmas gift to me was the book “Reel Bad Arabs, how Hollywood vilifies a people” by Jack Shaheen (it was made into a film as well – vimeo). It is a fascinating reference which took the author more than two decades to compile. In it, he reviewed over 1,000 Hollywood films which […]

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#TryThisThursday

#TryThisThursday

27 May, '160 Comments

#TryThisThursday is an opportunity for people to try something different, to expand their horizons and take them out of their own boxes. It is to get people to stretch beyond their comfort zones and move away from their usual routines, and to have a bit of fun too! Every Thursday, Frances urges her Meditation classes […]

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Nasfah Halawa – ناصفة حلاوة and Ramadan Kareem

Nasfah Halawa – ناصفة حلاوة and Ramadan Kareem

21 May, '162 Comments

The Nasfah, a celebration conducted on the night of the 15th of Shaaban, is a happy occasion in Bahrain and the rest of the Muslim world. It is an occasion to celebrate the pending onset of Ramadan – which is only half a month away, and also the birthday of Imam Mahdi, the 12th apostle of Shi’a […]

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A Garden Minute

15 May, '162 Comments

Put your headphones one. Click play. Close your eyes. and enjoy just one minute with me in my garden.

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The Instagram New Logo

The Instagram New Logo

14 May, '161 Comment

For the record, I love it! I love minimalism and generally don’t like complicated things. This one is cool. And… this is the 4,000th post on Mahmood’s Den! What a trip 😉

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Filming in Bahrain, dodging the hostility of permissions

Filming in Bahrain, dodging the hostility of permissions

11 Oct, '150 Comments

Filming in Bahrain is not always fun. Almost every time we go to film in cultural or a historic venue we get shooed off by a security guard or some other functionary with a perfunctory warning to go get permission first. We get faced with this especially when shooting cultural spots like the Bahrain Fort and […]

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Time for the soul

Time for the soul

24 Aug, '112 Comments

Today. I spent a little time with inspiration. Today. I felt humble. Today. I swam in the mists of contemplative philosophy. Today. I got to know myself a little better. Today. I rubbed shoulders with giants. Today. I remembered my father.

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All Atheists are Muslim!

All Atheists are Muslim!

24 Aug, '116 Comments

Huh? I know, that title alone grabs the attention doesn’t it? So imagine my surprise when browsing through what’s going on in New York to find something to decide on the day’s program when I came upon it in the FringeNYC show listings. I decided that with a title like that, it’s a must-see. As […]

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Beyond the 5-star hotels

Beyond the 5-star hotels

20 Dec, '105 Comments

Mohammed Buhasan with his latest book, FUNtastic Bahrain, originally uploaded by malyousif. My good friend and uber creative person Mohammed Buhasan visited this afternoon and presented me with his latest books; this one in his hands is FUNtastic Bahrain – a brilliant project in which he explores various aspects and secrets that only locals are […]

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Wish Tree

Wish Tree

7 Sep, '102 Comments

Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree at the Museum of Modern Art [MOMA] in Manhattan, NY. Filmed on 16 Sept 2010. May all your wishes come true.

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