Letter from the editors: The Traditions Issue

Manar Alhinai | United Arab Emirates | 01.08.2018

Traditions. We live by them, rebel against them, or simply don’t give them much regard.  But have you ever stopped for a second to think about what makes a tradition a tradition? How is it decided and who makes that decision?


Dr. Justin Thomas, professor of psychology at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, kicks off this issue of Sekka by revealing exactly that and tells us how traditions can be psychologically beneficial for us.


Storytellers Khalid Mubarak and Latifah S. are back, with Khalid recounting how his grandfather’s recent death revealed how our heavy reliance on mobile phones is changing the way we traditionally comfort the bereaved, and Latifah recalling how she inadvertently became a rebel against societal norms when she got her long locks cut.


Through their lenses, our regional photographers capture and preserve heritage in the region, from traditional clothes to celebratory practices to architecture.


Joining us for the first time are Emirati writers Mariam Alhosani and Hessa Albanfsaj , our newest intern, Saudi student Bayan Al Obaili , and Omani artist Buthaina Al Shukaili , whom we’d like to give a warm welcome to. The talented Buthaina was commissioned to create this month’s cover of Sekka.


Stay tuned for the stories Mariam, Hessa, and the rest of our ever-growing Sekka family will be sharing this month.  And remember, you can always become a family member too. Just pop us an email on [email protected]


We sincerely hope you enjoy this month’s issue of our publication!


Much love,

Manar and Sharifah Alhinai



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