* Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar delivered a lecture on Islamic Medical Ethics in the Modern World in Malaysia.
He attended the symposium on the 2nd World Congress on Integration and Islamicisation of knowledge: Medical and Health sciences at the International Islamic University which was held between 21st - 23rd of October, 2016.
The core of the lecture revolved around the book he published and co- authred with Dr. Hassan Chamsi-Pasha on Contemporary Bioethics: An Islamic Perspective.
The lecture discussed the definition of medical ethics, the Islamic principles of morality and ethics in Islam, the faculty of reason (Al-Aql), and the devine revelation (Al-wahy, Tanzil).
Read more here.
* Dr. Spencer Mawby of the Department of the School of Humanities in the Department of History, University of Nottingham, UK wrote a paper for the Journal of Historical Association on the
Orientalism and the Failure of British Policy in the Middle East: The Case of Aden. It was first published on 24 June 2010.
The last twenty years of British rule in Aden provide evidence of intelligence being interpreted in a way which underestimated the potency of local agents and exaggerated the influence of external manipulation. There is also corroboration for the notion that British military strategy at the end of empire was characterized by a punitive policy designed to discipline the subject population. Lastly, British political strategy was predicated on a series of stereotypes about the role of leadership in Arab society and the overestimation of the effectiveness of the local rulers as agents of British influence.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshed sent us information on What is a stroke?
A simple animation explaining what a stroke is, how to recognise the key symptoms, how it is treated, and what we can all do to prevent strokes from happening. We hope this video will be useful to you and those around you.
Health Sketch is a project set up by a group of UK junior doctors to convey health information in visually engaging ways, empowering us all to lead healthier lives. The animation was done by Russ Law.
Watch the video here.
* Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart. A NYTimes issue of 5 parts by Scott Anderson, Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin.
This is a story unlike any they have previously published. It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences — war and uncertainty throughout the world — are familiar to us all. Scott Anderson’s story gives the reader a visceral sense of how it all unfolded, through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Accompanying Anderson’s text are 10 portfolios by the photographer Paolo Pellegrin, drawn from his extensive travels across the region over the last 14 years, as well as a landmark virtual-reality experience that embeds the viewer with the Iraqi fighting forces during the battle to retake Falluja.
Read the articles here.
* Dr. Adel Aulaqi sent us comments on using sesame seeds in Aden. He mentioned that "In Aden and the old protectorates saleett al gilgil was the oil we used for almost everything especially a'seeda and honey.
It was used to massage the body too.
Coconut oil was used for hair.
Butter was consumed in large quantities as Saleett Maa'mool.. it was pure butter that was smoked and with added herbs and tasted divine but would have been highly risky for heart disease. We loved it. This piece is truly exciting in the context of the local region.
Now we need to know the differences between:
1. Black and white sesame seeds. both were grown in the region.
2. The nutritional difference in consumption of seeds and the oils of these seeds.
3. Where does all this goodness actually reside, in the various components of the seeds and in the various types of sesame seed oils.
4. Is virgin cold pressed better than purified/filtered or heat-generated oils?
5. No food is ever without its side effects. So what amount is ideal per day?
The above is not to spoil things for sesame seeds, I consume its oils every day plus olive oil. And I take the seeds too preferring the back to the white (they seem to taste better .....But I am ignorant of a lot of things about this wonderful seed and really do not know what amount is optimal for healthy living and may constitute risks. Too much of a good thing can be bad, no? The piece here has added a lot to my knowledge.
Globally I still do not know what actually constitutes a truly healthy diet. In 1960, Fawdrey (Senipr Consultant Physician at the QEH then)did a difficult study on the total cholesterol levels between Bedu and Town's people. The Bedu had lower cholesterol levels. But the data was very limited and the techniques were quite crude.
Yemen definitely needs a very good large study on the nutrition of its people and what constitutes risky eating habits and to take Qat into account. We think we know the answer, but we need evidence-based data that does not just take non-local studies as accurate translation/representation of the Local Arab population nutritional status.
We also need a large Diabetes study.
It is better to prevent than to cure but we need data generated by local scientists, technicians and doctors and researchers; these data will inform how we should modify our eating habits."
Read more on sesame here.
* Husam Sultan wrote about the digital age. He mentioned that "Everything around us is converting to digital, including friendships and human interactions, we just probably don't think about it that much. I read in the news that a senior economist at the Bank of England (BoE) has put forward a proposal for the BoE to issue a state backed digital currency based on bitcoin, and then over time ban paper money entirely. The idea may seem far-fetched at this moment in time, given the complexity of the global financial system and the position of fiat money in it. But over the next few decades it looks evident that our lives will be transformed into "one" connected network of bits and bytes.
I was asked the other on the Islamic view on bitcoins and whether it is better than fiat money for the purpose of conducting business and day to day transactions, my answer was that I am not aware of any serious research into this area. Perhaps it may be be better received than fiat money as bitcoins are somehow regarded as commodities and can be rented, but it will probably be received with suspicion as part of a global conspiracy and also, bitcoins are not gold and silver.
This is the first time a senior official at a leading central bank, that is closely tied to the US Federal Reserve (the world's central bank), has spoken favourably
About bitcoins. One of the downsides of bicoins has always been the lack of regulation and the high potential of digital risk.
Other than the tightening and loosening of monetary policies, bitcoins also have an advantage for a future sustainable and green economy, something that I discussed before a few months ago in one of the articles I shared.
Are we witnessing the shaping of the future of the global financial system?"
Read more here.