Dispatches from Columbia Journalism School’s ‘Covering Religion’ program.
“Ultimately, it’s a radical deregulatory agenda that’s going to hurt students — some of the most vulnerable students — and the agency itself,” said Amy Laitinen, former policy advisor on higher education.
I visited MEC Syrian Food a few days after it had opened, in late June. There, I met Abu Tarikh—the restaurant’s manager. The walls had just been decorated with tiles inscribed
with Arabic lettering. Some tables were draped with Persian rugs. Tarikh, like Abdullah, is a Syrian refugee. He fled Damascus with his family in 2015, after both his home and the mobile-accessories shop he owned were destroyed in the war.
"Most people ask how we've survived for over twenty years providing cheap healthcare services. My wife and I would rather do justice to the profession."
I spoke to several people who are involved with Islamic finance in India. From them, I learnt about the many efforts being made to get the Indian government to recognise Islamic finance in a formal capacity, as has already been done in over 60 countries. While efforts to lobby for Islamic finance have been robust, and developments in the past decade have at times seemed promising, success for its advocates remains elusive.