Author: Luma Simms

Luma Simms

Luma Simms is an associate fellow of the Philos Project. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, her parents and ancestors are from Mosul, and she speaks Arabic with a Moslawi dialect. Simms’ writing focuses on culture, family, philosophy, politics, religion and the life and thought of immigrants. Her work has appeared in First Things, Public Discourse, The Federalist and many others. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She studied law at Chapman University School of Law before leaving to become a stay-at-home mom. At Chapman Law, she worked for The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence as a research assistant to Dr. John Eastman. She has also clerked for Superior Court Judge James Gray of Orange County, Calif. Her greatest loves are political philosophy and theology. She longs for political and cultural peace in the land of her heritage, Iraq.


The Immigrant Mind: What ‘The Bride of Istanbul’ Teaches Us About the Muslim World

By Luma Simms Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Is the Boran family as depicted in Turkey’s popular show “Istanbullu Gelin” what we would call moderate Muslims? How would they react to extremism?


The Immigrant Mind: Charlottesville, Iraq and Anti-Semitism

By Luma Simms Thursday, August 31, 2017

What can one swastika-wearing, Nazi flag and tiki torch-carrying crowd (like the one in Charlottesville) do? Normalize the evil of racism.

The Immigrant Mind: Iowa Recognizes Armenian Genocide

By Luma Simms Thursday, August 24, 2017

The only reason we were able to come to America was because a kind hearted Armenian family in Los Angeles…


The Immigrant Mind: The Deadly Side of Middle East Christian Sectarianism

By Luma Simms Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Christianity belongs in the Middle East, but the bickering, infighting, and grudge-keeping will ensure that it will eventually be nowhere.


The Immigrant Mind: The Future Of Mosul

By Luma Simms Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 10, Iraq declared victory in the fight to reclaim Mosul. Now, who rebuilds that city’s souls and stones will set the course of the future.


The Immigrant Mind: An Immigrant Celebrates the Fourth of July

By Luma Simms Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Philos Project Associate Fellow Luma Simms reflects on past Immigration Day celebrations in her new forever country, America.


The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part Four)

By Luma Simms Monday, June 26, 2017

America can go only so long with immigrants who are not Americans. At some point, we will reach a cultural tipping point – and it possible that we already have.


The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part Three)

By Luma Simms Thursday, June 8, 2017

In the third installment of the Immigration & Identity series, we take a look at the good and the ill that globalization has wrought.


The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part Two)

By Luma Simms Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Jewish people have always known who they were. To this day, they have kept their sense of selfhood, a trait we would all do well to emulate.

The Immigrant Mind: Immigration and Identity (Part One)

By Luma Simms Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Immigration has become one of the most contentious issues in America. Why are immigrants not melting in? The answer is that we have an identity problem.