Jihad: As It Was Truly Intended

The author of this post is a friend and analyst who holds a master’s degree in international relations with a focus on conflict resolution in the Middle East. She has interests in the intersection of American and Muslim cultures and that, as you will read, is territory she personally occupies. Navigating this space can be challenging but she is finding her way and, through her work, making important contributions that I can’t detail here. – John

Author’s Note

This piece is dedicated to Muslim women, specifically those in their adolescent years, faced with a multitude of obstacles and imposed familial and socio-religious restrictions in their journey to achieve their dreams. The inspiration for this post came to me after reading “Excellent Daughters” by Katherine Zoepf. The book highlighted the challenges faced by Muslim women in the Middle East. I wanted to supplement what I read with my personal struggle, my jihad, that I faced as a hybrid Muslim raised between two countries: the United States and Egypt.

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What Will the World Look Like in 2035?

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2035 doesn’t seem like an awfully distant point in the future – and it isn’t. However, the pace of change continues to accelerate and we are making significant advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and other potentially disruptive fields. How will advancements in these areas combine with each other, with a changing global power dynamic, and with environmental changes to transform the world we live in? Who benefits? Who loses? And what are the unintended consequences of it all?

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