Scheherazade in America

By: Alia Yunis: “The Night Counter”

In her novel The Night Counter, Alia Yunis tells the story of a Lebanese-American family in the USA that has cut its ties with its Arab origins. In Yunis’s book, Scheherazade, the great literary
teller of tales, does not relate stories, but listens to them instead. A review by Volker Kaminski

Beauty queen: ‘I’m Miss USA, not Miss Religion USA’

Rima Fakih, the Lebanese-American, ‘liberal Muslim’ Miss USA from Michigan, has a fascinating interview at the religion site Patheos revealing that she is — surprise surprise — pretty much like most 24-year-olds on the spiritual front. She’s a mash-up and she’s proud of it: “I’m Miss USA, not Miss Religion USA.”

Yalla Peace: Bikinis versus burkas

By RAY HANANIA

This debate in the Muslim world, prompted by Lebanese-American Rima Fakih’s win of the Miss USA title, is hotter than the two-state vs. one-state debka. Rima Fakih, the new Miss USA, symbolizes everything that’s wrong with the Middle East. But not in the way you might think. The problems her victory raises are not about herself, but rather about the region’s moral hypocrites.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih wins miss USA 2010 title

The Miss USA 2010 title went to Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday night, as she beat out Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who was named first runner-up. Fakih, a Lebanese-American born in New York, nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless gown with a train, but she made it without a spill. During the interview portion, Fakih, 24, was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly. “I believe that birth control is just like every other medication, even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih said.