Special Series: Muslim-Western Business Ventures - 2007
by Farah Dib
In this first article in a series on joint Muslim-Western business ventures, Farah Dib, a graduate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, corresponds with Little Mosque on the Prairie creator, Zarqa Nawaz, as she shares some of her experiences as a Muslim woman working in a primarily non-Muslim environment.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 30 October 2007) 
by Sarah Bird
In the second article of our series on joint business ventures between the Muslim world and the West, Sarah Bird, a research assistant at MIT's D-Lab, discusses the benefits of starting a for-profit social enterprise in Pakistan. Co-founder of Saafwater, Inc. a company that aims to provide clean water solutions for the poor, Bird talks about how "having your feet in two cultures is not only fascinating and rewarding, it makes great business sense."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 6 November 2007) 
by Andrew Tabler
In this third article in our series on joint Muslim-Western business ventures, Andrew Tabler, an outgoing fellow at the Washington-based Institute of Current World Affairs and editor-in-chief of Syria Today, looks at how a monthly current affairs magazine helps meet the Syrian and American need "for better, more in-depth reporting on and from Syria".
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2007) 
by Ani Zonneveld
In this fourth article in our series on joint Muslim-Western business ventures, Ani Zonneveld, a singer, songwriter and president of Muslims for Progressive Values, describes some of the personal connections that develop between songwriter and artist, which help to create music that is "meaningful and multi-layered". Zonneveld writes that their "willingness to listen to Ö diverse narratives nurtures an organic creative process."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 20 November 2007) 
by Hiam Nawas
In this fifth article on joint Muslim-Western business ventures, Hiam Nawas, a specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs and Islamic law, explains how transcontinental high-tech, academic and financial joint ventures can be an impetus for "cultural blending" and can have "profound effects on culturally or religiously dissonant societies".
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 27 November 2007) 
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