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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The Spiritual Treasures of Bosnia: Old Mosques in Old Town Sarajevo and Beyond

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The old mosques of Bosnia are jewels of Islamic heritage that had to be gathered in one post to be seen and admired together! I...

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Holiday Bosnia: A Journey of the heart

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

I count myself as a well-traveled person and it is by the grace of God that I was blessed to be so. Therefore, you can...

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Waqfs in Old Town Sarajevo: A beautiful legacy that still runs strong in the Muslim community

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

It was quite something to walk into Old Town Sarajevo on that first day with the Cambridge Muslim College (CMC) Tour in 2018. They gave...

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The Bosnian War: The Tale of Bravery and Faith that Survived it

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, September 20th, 2019

When one thinks of Bosnia, one of the most important things about it is that it survived such a vicious and violent war with people...

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The Painters of the Orient: An Exhibit at the Marmottan-Monet Museum

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, September 6th, 2019

This gem is an interesting one as it comes within the folds of a not so positive legacy. Let me explain how I feel, as...

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Chris Gazaleh: Art with a message for social justice

Posted by Hala Al-Kayyali | Friday, August 23rd, 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 | Friday, August 9th, 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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