By MortazaviBlog on Sep 22, 2004
My wife (my best source of news) informs me that Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) was denied entry to the U.S. today.
Photo from: www.kyaz.com
Reports of this incident appear on Reuters, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, The Malaysia Star, CNN, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Australian, Gulf Daily News, NBC, U.S. Newswire, The Independent, Guardian, Culcutta Telegraph, Billboard, Houston Chronicle, Cat-Stevens.DE. . .
You may find more on this incidence on Yusuf Islam's web site: www.yusufislam.org.uk.
This should be about "Art," and I'm posting it under that category, but it belongs in its real unfolding to my "Society" category, a mismatch which simply demonstrates the limits of categorization.
When we deal with real-world events, they can only be understood in their totality and fail to fit into artificial digital divisions.
In the aftermath and in a wonderfully written essay for Asia Times Online, Maliha Masood, a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University started with Yusuf Islam's story and moved onto Rumi's popularity in the U.S.