I had the honour during my short visit to Oman to be invited to attend one of the first meetings of a newly founded initiative for professional women in Oman.
One thing that differentiates Western cultures (American) and Arab cultures (Omani) is realising, acknowledging and nurturing ‘potential’: The possibility or capability to become something or someone.
Just as I reached the top of a hill I have dreamt about climbing for years, I slipped and lost my footing. A dark cloud of anger fuelled by a sense of injustice came over me.
In changing societies, roles of major institutions need to transform as well, not just to reflect the bigger changes in which they are situated, but also to feed into them and enrich them. One of these institutions is the mosque, whose role in Islamic cultures is misconstrued in both the West and the East.
In this finale of The Happy Pill series, as promised, I will discuss the ramifications of the narrative of American writer and photographer John Stines (as published in his book The Happy Pill: Portrait of a Middle-Class Homeowner During the Fallout of Economic Meltdown) for Omani-expatriate relationships.