‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

Updated 12 July 2015
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‘Nida’a’ to give Arab woman a voice

CAIRO: The TLC network is launching its first program in MENA, a chat show aimed at Arab women, Variety reports.
Award-winning founder of ‘Women for Women International’, Zainab Salbi, will host ‘Nida’a’ (the calling) which is set to hit the MENA screens in October on OSN.
The Iraqi-born host was nominated by Bill Clinton as a “21st century heroine,” and the former US president is in the line-up as guests on the show. Other personalities that are scheduled to appear are Arab idol winner Mohammed Assaf, fashion designer Donna Karan and Egyptian actress Yusra.
“Nida’a” is being touted as giving Arab women “a voice and platform in a way that has never been done before, as diverse topics such as women’s issues, current events, pop culture, entertainment, food and fashion are all covered in front of a studio audience,” TLC said in a statement.
“The ‘Nida’a’ show aims at inspiring, supporting and empowering young Muslim and Arab women to achieve their full potential in society,” Salbi said. “It provides high quality entertainment and current affairs content with a fresh, engaging and intelligent tone, reflective of young women in the Middle East today,” she added.
“The Nida’a show is a groundbreaking programming concept within the region and will focus on the empowerment of women and celebration of their contribution both regionally and internationally,” Emad Morcos, OSN senior VP of media partners and digital, told World Screen.
“The show will highlight and address topics relevant to women globally. The guests featured on the show will be world renowned and high-profile figures, sharing their thoughts and experiences.”


Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake

Updated 23 October 2018
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Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake

  • Technical analysis by a team of German scholars has revealed that at least five of the museum’s 16 scroll fragments are apparent forgeries
  • The announcement has serious implications not only for the Bible Museum but for other evangelical Christian individuals and institutions

WASHINGTON: When Washington’s $500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.
Now the museum has been forced to admit a painful truth: Technical analysis by a team of German scholars has revealed that at least five of the museum’s 16 scroll fragments are apparent forgeries.
The announcement has serious implications not only for the Bible Museum but for other evangelical Christian individuals and institutions who paid top dollar for what now seems to be a massive case of archaeological fraud.
Jeffrey Kloha, chief curator for the Museum of the Bible, said in a statement that the revelation is “an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency.”
The scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in caves on the western shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus. With more than 9,000 documents and 50,000 fragments, the entire collection took decades to fully excavate.
Most of the scrolls and fragments are tightly controlled by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But around 2002, a wave of new fragments began mysteriously appearing on the market, despite skepticism from Biblical scholars.
These fragments, they warned, were specifically designed to target American evangelical Christians, who prize the scrolls. That appears to be exactly what happened; a Baptist seminary in Texas and an evangelical college in California reportedly paid millions to purchase alleged pieces of the scrolls.
Also, eagerly buying up fragments was the Green family — evangelical Oklahoma billionaires who run the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and who famously sued the Obama administration on religious grounds, saying they didn’t want to pay to provide their employees access to the morning-after pill or intrauterine devices.
The Greens are the primary backers of the Museum of the Bible and went on an archaeological acquisition spree in the years leading up to the museum’s opening. In addition to the alleged Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, the Greens ran afoul of the Justice Department, which said they had acquired thousands of smuggled artifacts looted from Iraq and elsewhere. The family agreed last year to return those artifacts and pay a $3 million fine.