Islamic Finance, Muslim Philanthropy

Two articles have been sitting on my desk for weeks now and I’ve spent a number of afternoons mulling over what to write about them.  The first Doing God’s Work from the Wall Street Journal takes another look at the success of Islamic finance funds and ask how well...

The Philanthropist, according to NBC

The philanthropic sector has been buzzing since the airing of The Philanthropist pilot on NBC.  You may not spend your summer watching TV, but you may want to set your PVR to record an episode or two and see what you think. Next week (July 21), the Hudson Institute is...

Worse than unfair? Irrelevant.

If you have read Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save, and have not adjusted your giving (increased it) – I’d love to hear from you. Singer writes from a ethics point of view (i.e. think philosophy and logic models) – and throws in some...

It is 11pm and I’m on the 12th floor of the Hotel Rafre looking out at the night sky and city lights. I’ve just returned from karaoke where I stuffed myself with yakisoba, karage, and beer and made a fool of myself to “Big Poppa”, “I’ll be Missin You”, “Get into the...

Butts…

It’s not everyday you have this perspective. And it is perhaps once in a lifetime that you sit in the first row of the sumo tournament in Tokyo. That was today. An unbelievable experience – where there is a real fear that you could get...

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