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I was born a Muslim, I choose to remain a Muslim, and I will die a Muslim, so I get highly agitated every time individual acts, whether they are immoral and violent, reference my religion. The problem is that many people are ignorant enough to actually believe that my religion preaches violence, and that my … Continue reading The words of Öz | Is terror my religion?
It all began with the biggest climax a Hollywood movie could wish for. The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. With that, the fear of terror was implanted into our hearts. Twelve years on, we have seen the images so many times that it’s almost like we were there ourselves. The … Continue reading The words of Öz | The fear created by terror
A few weeks ago, we had International Women’s Day, on which the world celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. Here in Denmark, of course, we have a female prime minister despite it only being 98 years ago that women earned the right to vote in Danish government elections. Gender equality has come … Continue reading The words of Öz | Don’t let the dust gather on them
On an otherwise normal February day, an unknown male tried to shoot the founder of this country’s free press society, Trykkerifrihedsselskabet. The man missed, dropped his gun, picked it up and ran away. No-one has been caught for the act, no-one knows who did it or why he did it. Yet, Lars Hedegaard has been … Continue reading The words of Öz | Freedom of speech or the right to insult?
Ten years ago, when I was 15 years old, I often considered myself as a problem of society, and for that I blame the news. Today, ten years later, I sometimes stop watching the news altogether because all too often the headlines give me a headache. Especially when they include a person’s ethnicity, as if … Continue reading The Words of Öz | Thoughts of ‘us’ and ‘them’ have changed with time
There is a big party at Ørestad Gymnasium. After having looked forward to it all week, everyone in school is there and having a good time. Well, almost everyone. Second-year student Jesper does not like to go to parties. In fact, he doesn’t like to socialise at all. At the party, some of Jesper’s classmates … Continue reading The Words of Öz | A little ditty about Jesper and Ahmad
Enough is enough, I’ve had it. I am part of a generation that is called ‘second-generation immigrants’, and ‘we’ are often judged by how well we are integrated into Danish society. Each time one of ‘us’ gets in trouble, politicians and others point fingers saying that he (or she) must be poorly integrated. I don’t … Continue reading The Words of Öz | What does it take to make someone Danish?
September 11. We all remember the date and what we were doing that day when the 110-story Twin Towers crumbled to the ground and became dust. Eleven years have since passed, but did we ever rise from that dust? A certain amount of fear was created that day, and that fear had a visual character: … Continue reading The Words of Öz | When we radicalise modern Muslims
Do my roots make me Turkish? I was born in Sweden but have lived in Denmark since I was five years old. I consider Danish to be my native language. I speak and read Danish better than I do Turkish. Even my thoughts and my dreams are in Danish. But are my language skills … Continue reading The Words of Öz | Am I a stranger no matter where I am?
Denmark’s young people top drinking records in Europe, but now the authorities want to do something about it
Walking into Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, guests are greeted with a banner loudly and proudly announcing the ongoing Louisiana Literature. The seventh edition of this annual festival has invited a range of international authors to appear among the art exhibitions and scenery that comprise the wide museum. At Louisiana Literature writers spread their words … Continue reading Words acquire more meaning amongst the artworks at Louisiana Literature 2016
The Marriage of Figaro Feb 28-April 28; Gamle Scene, Kongens Nytorv, Cph K; 95-795kr, kglteater.dk; 195 mins Regularly named the greatest opera ever, its tale of servants getting the better of their masters made Salieri cry tears of joy and sorrow in equal measure (or at least in the film). As Mozart explained to … Continue reading March Performance: The magic of Mozart
The bookmakers’ favourite, a third cousin of Elizabeth II, is bidding to become the queen of Eurovision
The emerging young talent from the Royal Danish Theatre Opera Academy take to the stage this month to perform Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the intimate setting of Takkelloftet, the small stage, or ‘black box’, tucked behind the main stage of the Opera House. It’s a hugely exciting prospect getting a glimpse of the graduates – … Continue reading Another Mozart masterpiece
As Easter is approaching it occurred to me how differently it is celebrated around the world. It’s yet another festive season originally rooted in religion – crucifixion, Lent and suchlike – which a lot of people clearly no longer relate to as they stuff their faces with chocolate, get legless on Easter brew and enjoy … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Surviving the Danish Easter