Abu Muhammed

Literacy: The Fatal Flaw At Heart of Saudi Academia

Literacy: The Fatal Flaw At Heart of Saudi Academia

ABU MOHAMMED: The way in which Saudi university students is taught simply does not encourage independent, critical thought. Maybe not a problem.

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The Joys and Challenges of Raising Expat Kids

The Joys and Challenges of Raising Expat Kids

ABU MOHAMMED: Raising children in the United States provides challenges that are all too familiar. Raising them in Saudi Arabia brings different issues, however.

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Disaster: ‘Wasta’ Undermines Saudi Education System

Disaster: ‘Wasta’ Undermines Saudi Education System

ABU MOHAMMED: I couldn’t help myself. The culture of cheating induced a rant at my students. They didn’t understand. ‘This is life’, one of them replied

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A Helpful Guide On How To ‘Drive Saudi’

A Helpful Guide On How To ‘Drive Saudi’

ABU MOHAMMED: It’s a severe test of all of your senses, powers of observation and self-control – yes, driving in Saudi Arabia is an experience

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Not For the Squeamish: The Power of Bawl

Not For the Squeamish: The Power of Bawl

ABU MOHAMMED: Older Saudis know it as an elixir of good health. Their modern counterparts take a bit of persuading, however.

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Thuwal Beach: An Eldorado for Jeddah Citizens

Thuwal Beach: An Eldorado for Jeddah Citizens

ABU MOHAMMED: Finding a pleasant, uncluttered, litter free beach near Jeddah seemed impossible. Then a friend pointed me in the right direction

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Treatment of the Other: Everyone’s Responsibility

Treatment of the Other: Everyone’s Responsibility

ABU MUHAMMED: Do you need the formal authority of being a King or Prime Minister to stand up for what you know is right?

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Jack Daniels In Arabia: No Thank You

Jack Daniels In Arabia: No Thank You

ABU MOHAMMED: Alcohol is banned in most Islamic countries but it still wreaks considerable damage since it can still be accessed relatively easily

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Challenging Thinking: What is the Kaba?

Challenging Thinking: What is the Kaba?

ABU MUHAMED: I ask one question; having little to do with their world view they seem so dead set on believing. The question I ask is: “What is the Kaba?”

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Saudi Women Driving: A Counter View

Saudi Women Driving: A Counter View

ABU MUHAMMED: Opening the door to a situation without fully considering the consequences and preparing for them is likely to cause more harm than good.

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Rethinking Education To Build Real Saudi Prosperity

Rethinking Education To Build Real Saudi Prosperity

ABU MUHAMMED: The only thing stopping Saudi from becoming a superpower is Saudi. A nation cannot truly be great until it can educate its own.

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Contrarian View: Why Women Shouldn’t Drive

Contrarian View: Why Women Shouldn’t Drive

ABU MOHAMMED: It is a cultural narcissism which has driven the west to annihilate countless peoples and their cultures in the name of so called modernization.

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Time for GCC Citizens to ‘Walk the Walk’?

Time for GCC Citizens to ‘Walk the Walk’?

ABU MOHAMMED: The initiative to limit the amount of money expats can send home is another diversion away from the real issues.

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The Unappealing Prospect of ‘Western Democracy’

The Unappealing Prospect of ‘Western Democracy’

ABU MOHAMMED: If there’s one thing calculated to get up the nose of just about every Arab it’s the supercilious lecture by a Westerner on the superiority of their democracy over all other forms of government. ‘Oh really?’

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The Insidious, Corrupting Nature of Wasta

The Insidious, Corrupting Nature of Wasta

ABU MOHAMMED: Wherever you go in the Gulf you’ll hear the term – wasta. Is it really so bad? And isn’t everyone using it or trying to use it?

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Could Now Be the Time for an American Spring?

Could Now Be the Time for an American Spring?

ABU MOHAMMED: What I miss the most is her promise to be able to live a good life, no matter who I am or was, as an equal to other men.

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A Promise Deferred: Special Needs in Saudi

A Promise Deferred: Special Needs in Saudi

ABU MUHAMMED: As a rule, Gulf Arab countries talk big when it comes to doing something about its disabled population, but very little materializes

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The United States: A Nice Place to Visit, But…

The United States: A Nice Place to Visit, But…

ABU MUHAMMED: Guys from India and such places in the Far East generally have the worst time with me popping their soap bubble of hope of the United States as being a paradise on earth…

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The Grade Factories of Education: Saudi Schools

The Grade Factories of Education: Saudi Schools

ABU MUHAMMED: Eventually I figured out why no one seemed receptive: The first is that most government and private schools are being run for profit.

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The Veil: Protection from Sexual, Financial Exploitation

The Veil: Protection from Sexual, Financial Exploitation

ABU MUHAMMED: I was surprised that a country with 10 million Muslims managed to lay down for the old back door without too much fuss—particularly in France, the birthplace of democracy