Amal Awad is a writer, author and journalist. An Arab-Muslim Australian, she frequently writes and speaks about issues of society, religion and popular culture. Amal published her debut novel Courting Samira in 2010. More recently she published her first non-fiction book, The Incidental Muslim, and contributed to the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia. She is currently working on her second novel, This Is How You Get Better.
While henna is often associated with pre-wedding bridal parties, for some it’s not only art, but a doorway to making social change.
Creative pursuits can be torturous routes to self-discovery. Amal Awad talks about why we create.
The street artist talks about his film Tacapes, his journey to his homeland, and the many hurdles he overcame to complete the project of painting a minaret.
The Holy Month is a time to take stock, review and junk the stuff that isn’t good for you, writes Amal Awad.
We’re all due for a personal stocktake once in a while, but honest self-analysis can be highly rewarding, writes Amal Awad.
We’re attached to age-old notions of love, but the reality is that life itself is a romantic adventure, a love affair that waits for no one.
Being the only non-drinker at a party can be awkward.
Mark Gonzales has many titles, but in conversation, he reveals an appreciation for the simple beauties of life, and a passion for creativity.
Artist Anisa Sharif is easily inspired, even if the process of making mosaics sing requires her to be a workaholic.
Celebrations are most often associated with weddings and birthdays, but there is more to revel in when people come together.
The push to become more in tune with our planet takes on forms as diverse as the features of Earth itself.
Writer Samina Ali speaks about Muslim feminism and her journey into it.