Although it has only been four weeks since the New Year, 2017 has been turbulent to say the least. Coming off of a long and grueling campaign, the emotions of the American people are at an all time high—regardless of the party they favor.
Social issues have escalated further following Trump’s enforcement of the “Muslim Ban,” which aims to prohibit non-U.S citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from traveling to America. Many of his supporters agree with his decision while countless others have vehemently protested the issue.
Although this is a very sensitive topic, let us not forget all of contributions the Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures have brought to the United States and the Western World:
- Science and Mathematics
Muslim advancements in astronomy made the connection between the movement of the sun, moon, stars and the progression of time. Their interest in geography produced accurate maps of not just their region, but of the world. Due to a hunger for knowledge, Muslims studied humanity, which led to many discoveries in physics, chemistry, medicine, pharmacology and linguistics. Muslim scholar, Al-Biruni was responsible for creating trigonometry.
The Bohemian style of dressing often seen on celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, and Vanessa Hudgens, is deeply influenced by Islam. Loose-fitted clothing made of bright fabrics is often seen in the fashion world. Muslim designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, took New York Fashion Week by storm last September while having her models strut up and down the runways in full hijab. Hasibuan’s designs were striking, elegant, and sophisticated, shattering the negative stereotypes associated with Muslim garb.
Who doesn’t love hot pita bread dunked into some freshly whipped hummus? Many of the foods that Americans enjoy on a daily basis are taken from, or heavily influenced by, the seven countries that are under this new ban. This is something you should consider next time you decide to sit down and have a nice meal that may include falafel or eggplant puree.
Smokey eye shadow, eyes rimmed in ink-black liner, thick black lashes, and cat-eye liner are all popular makeup looks that originated from countries in the Middle East, including South Asian and North African countries. Shimmering gold, deep indigo blues, and vibrant purples are some of the many bold and gem-toned colors that we see in high fashion magazines and our Instagram feeds.
These vast contributions from our Middle Eastern and Islamic counterparts may seem insignificant, but have largely impacted and fused within the American culture.