Marya Hannun

Marya Hannun is a Ph.D. student in Arabic and Islamic studies at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter at: @mrhannun.


When Europe Loved Islam

Before the continent started banning hijab, European aristocrats used to change their names to Abdullah and Muhammad, and going to the local mosque was the latest trend.



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The Wikipedia War Over Egypt’s ‘Coup’

In recent days, the protests and clashes over the Egyptian military's July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsy have transpired amid a parallel battle over ...


Why Iran’s absentee voters will probably remain absent during Friday’s election

Update: Though the Interests Section said in an email that a voting booth would be available at the UN mission, voting in New York will ...


Iranian presidential debate morphs into odd mix of Pictionary and quiz bowl

On Friday, Iran's eight presidential candidates participated in the first of three televised debates ahead of the country's June 14 election, focusing this time around ...


Why Indian-Americans d-o-m-i-n-a-t-e spelling bees

Update: The streak continues. Arvind Mahankali, 13, won the 2013 national spelling bee with the German-Yiddish word "knaidel" on Thursday night, making him the sixth ...


Even soccer can’t escape the never-ending Persian/Arabian Gulf spat

What's in a name? When it comes to the body of water nestled between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula: a whole lot. For years, the ...


Pakistan is planning its own version of ‘Glee’

Glee, the hit U.S. TV show, has won fans the world over for its ability to tackle the hard issues of adolescence -- homosexuality, bullying, ...


Did Turkey just become a little more like Texas?

What do Texas and Turkey have in common? Aside from sharing the same first letter, probably not too much. But starting today, they will be ...


Mystery solved: John Kerry really ate turkey shwarma

John Kerry may have met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the peace process on Thursday, but what's really gotten commentators worked up is ...

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