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Shaving in the western east: the Halal and the Haram

One of Green Prophet's most-read stories EVER is our how-to article on sugar-waxing, an ancient method of hair removal that predates waxing. What is it about body hair that makes for riveting reading? Come learn what I've picked up about dealing with body hair in the Arab Middle East or western east as we are rebranding it.

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5 Things to Avoid to Keep Your Complexion Beautiful

When professional photographer Alex Tricani sent this image, I couldn’t get past the giant red craters on my face.  I’ve always been incredibly lazy about beauty. This isn’t because I don’t dream of being an illustrious goddess who rides into the sunset with an equally exotic suitor, but because tending to my mind and soul […]

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Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Investigating the profit-motivated push to make genetically modified food ‘halal’ Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – […]

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Jews And Muslims Unite Against EU Slaughter Labeling

Animal activists urge meat derived from Halal and Kosher slaughter methods, such as this chicken at the Madani Halal Slaughterhouse, to carry labeling that points out the absence of stunning beforehand. A battle over the humanity of religious slaughter has boiled over in Europe, uniting Jews and Muslims  fighting for recognition of their respective rituals. […]

Breastfeeding a baby in a Hijab

Breastfeeding a baby is not only good for the baby, but can go a long way to “greening” Islam. If you are breastfeeding a baby, this Muslim American blogger recommends buying a special coverup. Here in the Middle East, modesty among religious Christians, Moslems, and Jews is often associated with inhibitions about nursing in public. […]