Welcome to Bint Battuta Diaries

A collection of tales filled with beauty and hope.

Together, we will journey through inspiring worlds and follow golden threads that normally we may not have the time to pursue.

Now, settle down in a comfy chair, with a hot cup of tea and let’s begin.

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Chris Gazaleh: Art with a message for social justice

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

This gem came actually came through another one, as it was Nabila Mango who took me to the fundraiser where Chris Gazaleh was a guest...

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Cafe Alula: An authentic Lebanese neighborhood restaurant

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Some gems are all the more delightful for how they reveal themselves to me. Cafe Alula was one such soft, genuine treasure. I fell in...

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The Decorated Word/ Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy – An Exhibit at The Met, NYC

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, July 26th, 2019

I have had a love for calligraphy since I was in school. And, I am so grateful that we had a subject in school to...

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Access California: a journey in the service of life with dignity

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, June 28th, 2019

During my masters, I took a very special class that introduced me to three incredible gems at the same time. One, was my humane professor...

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From Reem’s California to Dyafa: a Palestinian cultural culinary experience that nourishes both body and soul

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, June 14th, 2019

It’s such a pleasure to encounter a project done so well that it fulfils its potential on both a craftsmanship and a human level. For...

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America to Zanzibar – Muslim Cultures Near and Far

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, May 31st, 2019

On Eid, I love to celebrate what matters most to me. I was lucky enough, that last Eid, I was able to share the video...

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Raeda Ashour – A Saudi Artist’s Journey of Honoring Islamic Traditional Arts and Heritage

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, May 17th, 2019

There is much that I love about the Bint Battuta Diaries, especially the talented and inspirational people that I have the honor to meet, learn...

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Wahj exhibit- The art of adorning the page

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, May 3rd, 2019

This post is an ode to the age old Islamic craft of illuminating books. When one stops to think about the implications of the care...

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Aswat – Belonging to Arab and Muslim Culture Through Voices and Music

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, April 19th, 2019

There are some special people in this world who have phenomenal impact far greater than what is usual for one lifetime. Their drive, passion and...

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Darzah – Bringing Palestinian embroidery to modern day life

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, April 5th, 2019

How I found this gem is a story of how one good thing leads to another. In a recent blog post, I spoke with Afshan...

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Numi Tea- When Excellence and Community Matter

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, March 22nd, 2019

There are some businesses in this world that show us that anything can go way beyond the literal impact of their product, if done with...

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Middle East Children’s Alliance – In Solidarity with Palestine

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, March 8th, 2019

Some non-profit organizations just buoy the spirit with how their intention and process is so authentic and true to what a non - profit ought...

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A visual treasure- Peter Sanders on Everyday Lives of Muslims in China

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, February 22nd, 2019

I saw Peter at the exhibit of “Heaven, Earth & The 10,000 Things, Moments in the lives of Muslims of China”. Now those photographs were...

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Making the leap of talent and passion- A Palestinian Restaurant

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, February 8th, 2019

This post is dear to my heart for many reasons. Firstly, because it is a proactive example of what the Bint Battuta blog is about...

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Purple Impression 2 – Ethical and Artisan fashion from Pakistan

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, January 25th, 2019

In the first part of this post, I spoke to Drakshan, one half of the sister partnership behind the ethical clothing brand, Purple Impression and...

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Purple Impression 1 – Ethical and Artisan fashion from Pakistan

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, January 11th, 2019

This is my first two part post, because the story of each founder of this gem is worth telling alone in tribute to their cause,...

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Rimal- A promise of a better world one book at a time

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, December 28th, 2018

This post is about a gem of a publishing house called Rimal. I found it in one of my favorite events in the United Arab...

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Food not Bombs – A shining example of service in response to local need

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, December 14th, 2018

I consider feeding people to be one of the most profound acts of love. I have always thought that part of its power is that...

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In Between Wars- Daily life in Gaza Exhibit

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, November 30th, 2018

Gaza is a sore point in my heart as, in essence, it is an open air prison. It is one of the most densely populated...

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Hajji Noor Deen- A Master Calligrapher from China

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, November 16th, 2018

The story of this gem is of a magnanimous soul whose presence and charisma lifts me up every time he comes to mind. May God...

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