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“Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online”

“Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online”

2020-09-11
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New Digital Resources for Teaching Islamic Art and Architecture “Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online” is an emerging platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of the history of Islamic art and architecture. In its initial stage,...
ImamConnect - the world's first online Muslim services platform

ImamConnect - the world's first online Muslim services platform

2020-09-10
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www.imamconnect.com, the world's first online platform for Muslim services, launches today. ImamConnect features a global provider community covering a full range of life services, from marriages to education, wills, and life coaching. Users will be ...
German court allows Muslim teachers to wear headscarf, declaring Berlin headscarf ban illegal

German court allows Muslim teachers to wear headscarf, declaring Berlin headscarf ban illegal

2020-09-08
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Germany’s Federal Labor Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to impose a ban on teachers wearing headscarves in schools in the capital, Berlin. The German federal court’s decision is the latest in a long legal battle involving a M...
Research Report Launch: AHRC Re/presenting Narratives of Islam on Campus

Research Report Launch: AHRC Re/presenting Narratives of Islam on Campus

2020-08-29
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Islam and Muslims on UK University Campuses: perceptions and challenges The report from the AHRC funded ‘Re/presenting Narratives of Islam on Campus’ research has been released. This was a collaboration between Professor Alison Scott-Ba...
Islamic University of Italy and University of Tehran MoU

Islamic University of Italy and University of Tehran MoU

2020-08-27
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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed between the University of Tehran College of Farabi and the Islamic University of Italy. "The MoU meeting was hold in a virtual platform on Tuesday, July 28 and the MoU document was signed by the presi...
HBKU College of Islamic Studies gives insight into Islamic ethics and Covid-19 pandemic

HBKU College of Islamic Studies gives insight into Islamic ethics and Covid-19 pandemic

2020-08-22
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The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has recently collaborated with Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). This collaboration was reflected in joint academic activities between the Centre for Isla...
For Italy’s Muslims, few places to pray and fewer places to bury COVID-19 dead

For Italy’s Muslims, few places to pray and fewer places to bury COVID-19 dead

2020-08-12
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Before the pandemic struck, fewer than 60 of Italy’s 7,903 municipalities had a dedicated Islamic cemetery, in a country that is home to more than 2 million Muslims. The limited number of burial spots has to do with the peculiar relationship be...
Americans oppose religious exemptions from coronavirus-related restrictions

Americans oppose religious exemptions from coronavirus-related restrictions

2020-08-07
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Few regular worshippers say their congregations are operating normally, and most support the precautions being taken. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. adults overwhelmingly say houses of worship should be required to follow the same ...
The Path less Taken: Muslims within the Extreme Right Groups in Europe

The Path less Taken: Muslims within the Extreme Right Groups in Europe

2020-07-19
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While much of the far-right targets Islam as a foreign and undesirable religion, Muslims and ex-Muslims are “increasingly prominent” in the West European far right groups, bringing a new spirituality to this often secular movement, writes...
Faith, hope and creative destruction: religious responses to COVID-19

Faith, hope and creative destruction: religious responses to COVID-19

2020-07-16
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In France, a hip female rabbi has improbably developed a large interfaith online audience to her Facebook videos, in which she morally engages issues related to the pandemic. In India, a Catholic priest draws on his skills as a former chef to mix co...
Online clothing shop Shein has apologized for selling Muslim prayer mats on its site

Online clothing shop Shein has apologized for selling Muslim prayer mats on its site

2020-07-10
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The mats sold were labelled as "frilled Greek carpets" and had pictures of the Kabaa on them. The Kabaa is a building in the center of Mecca, considered the most sacred place by Muslims around the world. Shein was also accused of cultural appropriat...
Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy

Faith leaders call to keep EU's religious freedom envoy

2020-07-09
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Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives have criticized the European Union's decision to drop its special envoy for religious freedom. A leading Jewish figure called it "the wrong signal for Europe." Leading figures from Europe's Christian, Jew...
Dearborn mosque: Woodmere Cemetery shutting out Muslims from graves they already purchased

Dearborn mosque: Woodmere Cemetery shutting out Muslims from graves they already purchased

2020-07-07
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More than two dozen religious, political and community leaders gathered Friday morning, before noon prayer at the American Moslem Society mosque in Dearborn, to call attention to a legal fight with nearby Woodmere Cemetery.  At issue, the mosque...
Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

2020-06-29
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The Supreme Court made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling. The court’s 5-4 ruling, with conservatives in the majority, came in a di...
Muslim woman becomes Britain’s first hijab-wearing judge

Muslim woman becomes Britain’s first hijab-wearing judge

2020-06-26
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A woman in Britain who has become the first judge in the western world to wear a hijab hopes to be an inspiration to young Muslims. Raffia Arshad, 40, who grew up in Yorkshire, north England, has wanted to work in law since she was 11. Ms Arshad, a b...
Why does Islamophobia exist in Muslim-majority countries?

Why does Islamophobia exist in Muslim-majority countries?

2020-06-25
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Growing Islamophobia is not just a phenomenon in Western Europe, in the Balkans where the continents largest number of Muslims are, it’s also a problem. A European Union-funded report from a Turkish thinktank, has shone a light on how anti-Mus...
Exploring ‘Islamist separatism’ in France: Experts, community leaders speak

Exploring ‘Islamist separatism’ in France: Experts, community leaders speak

2020-06-25
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French President Emmanuel Macron announced in February that France would crack down on “Islamist separatism” and end a system in which foreign countries send imams to preach in French mosques. Al Arabiya’s Rola al-Khatib spoke to e...
Muslims, Jews petition to remove statue of St. Louis’ crusader namesake

Muslims, Jews petition to remove statue of St. Louis’ crusader namesake

2020-06-20
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Amid calls to take down statues of leaders with a history of racism ringing out across the US, Jews and Muslims in St. Louis have launched a petition to take down a monument to their city’s namesake, and even hope to rename the city. St. Louis...
Muslim org wants White House to reject Islamophobic Pentagon policy pick

Muslim org wants White House to reject Islamophobic Pentagon policy pick

2020-06-14
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Emgage Action, a national advocacy organization for Muslim Americans, says it is disheartened by Islamophobic comments made by Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, the White House’s nominee for a top position as Pentagon policy chief. The orga...
Muslims join to demand police reforms, back black-led groups

Muslims join to demand police reforms, back black-led groups

2020-06-14
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In the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, dozens of American Muslim organizations have come together to call for reform to policing practices, and to support black-led organizations. “The victimization of unarmed Black Musli...
Churches are closed, but religion has a new home on the internet

Churches are closed, but religion has a new home on the internet

2020-06-14
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During the coronavirus pandemic, houses of worship across the country have shut their doors along with other public places. Some states have begun to ease restrictions and allow in-person worship to resume amid public and presidential pressure, but m...
Italy’s first Islamic burial place planned for Rome

Italy’s first Islamic burial place planned for Rome

2020-06-04
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Italy’s first Islamic cemetery may soon be built on a green space in Tragliatella, a few kilometers north of Rome. The burial place — to be built on a 400 hectare area near the border between Fiumicino, close to the international airport,...
Muslim student sues Scottsdale Community college and professor over Islam quiz questions

Muslim student sues Scottsdale Community college and professor over Islam quiz questions

2020-06-03
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Business United for Scottsdale Schools (BUSS) is a workforce-development and education initiative that benefits Scottsdale Community College and Scottsdale Unified School District. A local Islamic group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court ...
'Your pain is our pain': UK Muslim body expresses solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests

'Your pain is our pain': UK Muslim body expresses solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests

2020-06-03
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The Muslim Council of Britain said it stands in solidarity with anti-racism and police brutality protesters in the US, UK and beyond, pledging to address anti-Black racism within Muslim communities. The UK's largest umbrella body of mosques and Musl...
General observation and the sharing of knowledge: The Role of COVID-19 in Pilgrimage to Saints’ Shrines and Sacred Sites

General observation and the sharing of knowledge: The Role of COVID-19 in Pilgrimage to Saints’ Shrines and Sacred Sites

2020-06-01
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With the outbreak of COVID-19, pilgrims and devotees of sacred places, governmental institutions and their health sectors, and also religious leaders and clerics are challenged. Each is endeavoring to be reasonable and resolve several key issues of t...
New online facility, specifically to assist Qur’an manuscript scholars and researchers

New online facility, specifically to assist Qur’an manuscript scholars and researchers

2020-05-26
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The University of Hamburg’s Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures and Islamic Painted Page are happy to announce the launch of a new online facility, specifically to assist Qur’an manuscript scholars and researchers. The database a...
German church opens doors for Muslim prayers

German church opens doors for Muslim prayers

2020-05-23
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A church in Berlin has opened its doors to Muslim worshippers unable to fit into their mosque under new social distancing rules. Germany allowed religious services to resume on 4 May but worshippers must maintain a distance of 1.5m (5ft). As a resul...
German president: No tolerance for attacks on Muslims

German president: No tolerance for attacks on Muslims

2020-05-22
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Germany’s president has assured the country’s Muslim citizens that growing racist hatred and violence by right-wing extremists will not be tolerated by the state and democratic majority in the country. In a message marking Eid al-Fitr, t...
Muslim youth lead efforts to keep Edmonton mosque open

Muslim youth lead efforts to keep Edmonton mosque open

2020-05-20
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Muslim youth have made a huge impact in their community during the month of Ramadan, helping an Edmonton mosque keep its doors open. Sahaba Mosque, also known as the Downtown Islamic Association, ran into funding troubles when mass gathering restrict...
More young adults are leaving religion, but that’s not the whole story, say researchers

More young adults are leaving religion, but that’s not the whole story, say researchers

2020-05-19
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It’s become almost a foregone conclusion that young adults are leaving organized religion in high numbers. Newly published findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion don’t challenge that conclusion — not exactly. But the...
Muslim charity helps Italy deal with crisis

Muslim charity helps Italy deal with crisis

2020-05-14
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Muslim communities in Italy have been praised for their generosity during the coronavirus crisis after donating more than €500000 in cash and food aid since the outbreak began more than two months ago. Italy’s death toll so far is approac...
French Muslim leader: Coronavirus is a chance for solidarity, not 'punishment'

French Muslim leader: Coronavirus is a chance for solidarity, not 'punishment'

2020-05-01
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French Muslims are experiencing the coronavirus crisis amid fear, dreading the loss of family members. Mosques and other places of worship have closed. In France, the Grand Great Mosque of Paris and its new rector, Chems Eddine Hafiz, did not wait t...
Opposing church closures becomes new religious freedom cause

Opposing church closures becomes new religious freedom cause

2020-04-30
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State and local restrictions on religious gatherings, introduced as measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, have emerged as a top religious freedom issue and prompted a flurry of new lawsuits charging that such measures violate the First A...
Covid-19: Christians, Jews and Muslims join in prayer in Jerusalem

Covid-19: Christians, Jews and Muslims join in prayer in Jerusalem

2020-04-30
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The leaders of the three Abrahamic religions – Christians, Jews and Muslims – prayed together in Jerusalem on Thursday amid the global Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative, taken by the Mayor of the Holy City, took place at 12.3...
Muslims in Canada hear Azaan through loudspeakers this Ramadan

Muslims in Canada hear Azaan through loudspeakers this Ramadan

2020-04-29
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Muslims hear Azaan through loud speakers for the first time in the history of Canada. Due to coronavirus lockdown, Muslims are not able to pray in the mosques; hence they have got the permission to say Azaan in loud speakers in some mosques. As of n...
Review into UK minority COVID-19 deaths sparks controversy

Review into UK minority COVID-19 deaths sparks controversy

2020-04-27
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British Muslims condemned appointment of public figure, accused of Islamophobia, to inquiry into high minority death rates. Appointment of Trevor Phillips -- who is considered highly controversial in the British Muslim community -- to take part in a ...
How Canada’s Expat Muslim Community is Bringing Hope This Ramadan

How Canada’s Expat Muslim Community is Bringing Hope This Ramadan

2020-04-27
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Over 3.2% of Canada’s population belong to the Islamic faith, which means that over 1 million have already immigrated to Canada to join its Muslim expat community. As Muslim people enter the first week of Ramadan, many will be facing challenges...
2019 data shows racism on the rise in Switzerland

2019 data shows racism on the rise in Switzerland

2020-04-26
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Switzerland documented a record 352 cases of discrimination in 2019, reflecting an increase in racist acts in public places and attacks spurred by far-right ideologies. Xenophobia was the main driver for racist behavior. Black and Muslim people are t...
UK MP fasts with Muslims to show support amid COVID-19 crisis

UK MP fasts with Muslims to show support amid COVID-19 crisis

2020-04-25
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A member of the UK Parliament, Sir Edward Jonathan Davey, on Saturday fasted and took part in an online Iftar, or breaking of the fast, with Muslims to show support for the country's community of three million observing the month of Ramadan under a s...
Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws, including 28% who favor it over the will of the people

Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws, including 28% who favor it over the will of the people

2020-04-12
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The U.S. Constitution does not mention the Bible, God, Jesus or Christianity, and the First Amendment clarifies that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Still, some scholars have argued that the Bible hea...
Muslim women who cover their faces find greater acceptance among coronavirus masks

Muslim women who cover their faces find greater acceptance among coronavirus masks

2020-04-10
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Americans began donning face masks this week after federal and local officials changed their position on whether face coverings protect against coronavirus. This is new terrain for many, who find themselves unable to recognize neighbors and are unsur...
Free access to the significant amount on content for the study of Islam and the Middle East

Free access to the significant amount on content for the study of Islam and the Middle East

2020-04-10
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Due to COVID-19 emergency some publishers are now offering free access to their content. These publishers offer significant amount on content for the study of Islam and the Middle East. “Cambridge University Press is making higher education te...
Spread of coronavirus forces Jews and Muslims in France to abandon death rites

Spread of coronavirus forces Jews and Muslims in France to abandon death rites

2020-04-08
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Families of coronavirus victims in France are foregoing traditional death and mourning rituals to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections. But for observant Muslims and Jews, the absence of these rites are an additional emotional burden at a difficult...
Brill launches open access Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

Brill launches open access Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

2020-04-08
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Brill has entered into a partnership with The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (London, UK) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada) to publish the new peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Material Cultures in the Mu...
Launch of GLOBAL Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative

Launch of GLOBAL Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative

2020-04-06
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Campaign engages the world’s religious communities through Religions for Peace’s global, regional and national networks in a collective, multi-religious response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Religions for Peace (RfP) and the United Nations ...
COVID-19: Call to prayer gesture in heart of Europe

COVID-19: Call to prayer gesture in heart of Europe

2020-04-04
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Nearly 100 mosques in Germany and the Netherlands on Friday rang out with the sound of the call to prayer, as a gesture of support for Muslims amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The call to prayer (adhan) was chanted from mosques belonging to the T...
British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and do trust the police, survey finds

British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and do trust the police, survey finds

2020-04-02
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The majority of British Muslims are concerned about Islamist extremism and support police along with the principles of the controversial Prevent program, a survey has suggested. Crest Advisory, an independent crime consultancy, commissioned represe...
Hundreds rally in US cities against anti-Muslim violence in Delhi

Hundreds rally in US cities against anti-Muslim violence in Delhi

2020-04-01
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Hundreds of Indian Americans of different faiths rallied outside Indian consulates in major American cities on Friday evening to protest against the recent violence in Delhi that has killed at least 42 people, and injured hundreds. Violence erupted ...
Muslim minority doctors first to die on front line of UK pandemic

Muslim minority doctors first to die on front line of UK pandemic

2020-04-01
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The United Kingdom is paying tribute to the first doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic who have died after contracting COVID-19. All four men - Alfa Sa'adu; Amged el-Hawrani; Adil El Tayar and Habib Zaidi - were Muslim and had ance...
Orthodox Jewish schools: They won’t teach LGBT lessons

Orthodox Jewish schools: They won’t teach LGBT lessons

2020-02-29
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Rabbis representing Britain’s main Orthodox communities have told the government that their schools cannot discuss LGBT-related issues with pupils. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the rabbinate of Chinuch UK have made it clear that its 35 o...
Muslim advocates demand Bloomberg apologize for NYPD spying program

Muslim advocates demand Bloomberg apologize for NYPD spying program

2020-02-29
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Calls are growing for Mayor Mike Bloomberg to apologize for his role in the New York Police Department’s long-running warrantless surveillance of area Muslims, which has seen renewed scrutiny since Bloomberg announced his candidacy for Democrat...
New Jersey city to allow public adhan

New Jersey city to allow public adhan

2020-02-29
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The adhan is the call to announce that it is time for a particular obligatory Salah (ritual prayer). Muslims in Paterson, New Jersey, will be allowed to recite the Adhan publicly thanks to a new ordinance. Under the new ordinance, currently being di...
A suburban filmmaker sued to find out why the FBI was watching her Muslim community: 'It's weird to read how they wrote about us'

A suburban filmmaker sued to find out why the FBI was watching her Muslim community: 'It's weird to read how they wrote about us'

2020-02-29
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Since 2016, documentary filmmaker Assia Boundaoui has been waiting for answers from the FBI to one question: Which parts of her Arab American community in Bridgeview were surveilled after 9/11? After a court hearing last week, she learned she will ha...
Jewish community in Italy welcomes Muslim refugees from Syria

Jewish community in Italy welcomes Muslim refugees from Syria

2020-02-19
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A Syrian family arrived in Milan, Italy, on Tuesday. They are the first group of refugees that is sponsored by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) and the Jewish Community of Milan, as part of the humanitarian corridors project. The human...

Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem, faith leaders say

2020-01-17
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The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing millions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Jan. 14-16. A...
Europe has an Islamophobia problem. Who's going to stop it?

Europe has an Islamophobia problem. Who's going to stop it?

2020-01-16
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There isn’t a single country in Europe where Islamophobic attacks are not on the rise. France saw a 52% increase from 2017 to 2018; in Austria it was 74%. And in the same year, seven pig’s heads were left threateningly around Dutch mosque...
Malaysia has world's most powerful Muslim passport

Malaysia has world's most powerful Muslim passport

2020-01-15
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Malaysia has the 13th most powerful passport in the world making it the premier Muslim passport, according to a new list by The Henley Passport Index. Each year the organization ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of destina...
Will My Children Be Muslim? The Development of Religious Identity in Young People

Will My Children Be Muslim? The Development of Religious Identity in Young People

2020-01-15
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Religious identity development: A review of the research One of the primary concerns of Muslim parents in the West is the religious identity of their children. Many parents wonder what the secret is to raising a child with imān (faith) in a society ...
Airman becomes the service's first female Muslim chaplain candidate

Airman becomes the service's first female Muslim chaplain candidate

2020-01-09
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Second Lt. Saleha Jabeen was commissioned Dec. 18 at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago by Air Force Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Steven Schaick, the Air Force said in a release Friday. The Islamic Society of North America endorsed Jabeen to ...
Muslims Respond to the US Gulf Crisis 2020

Muslims Respond to the US Gulf Crisis 2020

2020-01-08
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The following joint statement was issued by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, CAIR, Islamic Shura Council, Shia Muslim Council, ILM Foundation, Islamic Center of Southern California and Masjid Ahlul Beyt. A Live Press Event was held today at MPAC's ...
Islamic body seeks to become patron of new school in west Dublin

Islamic body seeks to become patron of new school in west Dublin

2020-01-05
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The Islamic Foundation of Ireland is seeking to become the patron body of a new State-funded secondary school due to open in west Dublin next year. While there are two Muslim national schools in the Dublin area, there is no State-funded Muslim secon...
Muslim population of England smashes three million mark for first time ever, figures reveal

Muslim population of England smashes three million mark for first time ever, figures reveal

2020-01-04
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Some parts of London are now almost 50 per cent Islamic, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. If current trends continue the areas could become majority Muslim within ten years. Official ONS figures for 2018/19 that were re...
Quebec City's first Muslim cemetery is set to open in spring 2020

Quebec City's first Muslim cemetery is set to open in spring 2020

2019-12-19
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Quebec Islamic cultural centre president Boufeldja Benabdallah, left, and Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume hold one of the six metal leafs representing one of the six victims of the 2017 Mosque shooting, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Quebec City. Queb...
Canada: Muslims to contest religious law at Canada's top court

Canada: Muslims to contest religious law at Canada's top court

2019-12-19
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) announced Wednesday that it will seek to challenge Quebec’s controversial ban on religious symbols at the Supreme Court of Canada. This comes six days after the Quebec Court of Appeal refused to ...
British Muslims prepare to leave UK after Boris Johnson wins election

British Muslims prepare to leave UK after Boris Johnson wins election

2019-12-15
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British Muslims have started the process of leaving the UK over fears for their ‘personal safety’ now Boris Johnson is Prime Minister for five years, Metro.co.uk can reveal. It comes after the prime minister was accused of ‘Islamoph...
Sweden: Far-right groups spew anti-Muslim hate online

Sweden: Far-right groups spew anti-Muslim hate online

2019-12-14
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Expo magazine exposes Swedish closed social media group conversations rife with racism, death threats. Far-right groups in Sweden are spewing hatred online by asking people to set mosques on fire and slaughter Muslims, according to a report by Expo ...
Religion and Living Arrangements Around the World

Religion and Living Arrangements Around the World

2019-12-12
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Muslims and Hindus have larger households than Christians and religious ‘nones,’ in patterns influenced by regional norms. Our households – who lives with us, how we are related to them and what role we play in that shared space &n...
Swedish Islamic school closed over radicalization fears

Swedish Islamic school closed over radicalization fears

2019-12-10
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A leading Islamic school in Sweden accused of appointing teachers who had recently returned from fighting for ISIS abroad has been shut down amid fears students were at risk of being radicalized. Abdel Nasser El Nadi, former principal of Vetenskapss...
Muhammad makes list of top 10 baby names in the US for the first time

Muhammad makes list of top 10 baby names in the US for the first time

2019-12-06
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For the first time, Muhammad is one of the top 10 most popular baby names for boys in the United States, according to data from the parenting website BabyCenter. Muhammad ranks at No. 10, up four spots from last year. The name has been climbing stead...
Religious Journalism Award

Religious Journalism Award

2019-12-05
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The Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award Call for Applications Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020 The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) is a global network of journalists promoting excellence in the coverage of religi...
In his visit to mosque, German president calls for more understanding

In his visit to mosque, German president calls for more understanding

2019-12-03
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At a time of growing hate crimes targeting Muslims, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a special visit to a mosque in the southern town of Penzberg on Monday, calling for more understanding and respect between religions, Anadolu Agency rep...
1000 Mosques Across Germany Open Doors to Welcome Visitors

1000 Mosques Across Germany Open Doors to Welcome Visitors

2019-12-02
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More than 1,000 mosques across Germany opened their doors Thursday to welcome non-Muslims in an effort of dispelling stereotypes and promoting mutual understanding, Anadolu Agency reported. Cologne Central Mosque, Germany’s largest mosque in th...
26 American Muslims win in the November elections

26 American Muslims win in the November elections

2019-12-01
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26 Muslims won in state and local elections races across the US, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced. Elections were held, in large part, on November 5. 81 Muslim candidates ran for elections held in Kentucky, Louisiana, and M...
Growth of Muslims in US creates need for religious scholars

Growth of Muslims in US creates need for religious scholars

2019-11-09
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Shaykh Amir Mukhtar Faezi is the founder of Ahl Al-Bayt Islamic Seminary. The U.S.-based seminary is focused on the Shiite tradition. Faezi founded it in 2014, offering a five-year graduate program. Imam Mohammad Qazwini‘s deep understanding of...
Muslim preachers must speak German to work in the country under proposed law

Muslim preachers must speak German to work in the country under proposed law

2019-11-06
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All imams who work in Germany will in future have to prove they can speak the German language, under a draft law for religious leaders introduced by the government. The bill, which passed cabinet on Wednesday, means that foreign preachers will only ...
Islamophobia on the rise in Australia

Islamophobia on the rise in Australia

2019-11-03
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Canberra's top intelligence officer said there was “no doubt” some right-wing extremists have been inspired by the Christchurch mosque attack, and that an attack in Australia by the extreme right is “plausible”. Australian Se...
Meet the imam building a ‘Muslim Village’ in the heart of Vegas

Meet the imam building a ‘Muslim Village’ in the heart of Vegas

2019-10-31
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The imam, who leads Masjid As-Sabur, the oldest mosque in the Las Vegas area, is quick to clarify: “Not casino lights — I’m talking about noor,” he said, using the Arabic word for light that Muslims often use to refer to God&r...
New Reddit project makes mental health care accessible to young Muslims

New Reddit project makes mental health care accessible to young Muslims

2019-10-17
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Reddit’s Islam-focused message board has long been a place where Muslims, as well as those curious about the faith, go to debate theology, learn about Islamic history, share video of their favorite sheikhs’ lectures and make prayer reques...
French education minister reignites row over Muslim headscarf

French education minister reignites row over Muslim headscarf

2019-10-17
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A fresh political row has erupted over the Muslim headscarf in France after the education minister said he wanted to avoid having mothers in hijab as volunteers on school outings. Jean-Michel Blanquer criticized the country’s largest parents as...
Muslim, Jewish leaders team up in 'exemplary' European initiative

Muslim, Jewish leaders team up in 'exemplary' European initiative

2019-10-17
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Imams and rabbis from across Europe are attending a summit in Italy organized by the Muslim Jewish Leadership Council. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and right-wing populism are all topics they'd like to address better. Jewish and Muslim religious lead...
BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2020

BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2020

2019-10-16
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The Fifth Round of the BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World is now open for submissions. The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) and De Gruyter are delighted to announce the fifth round of the BRAIS &...
Why American Muslims lean leftwards for 2020

Why American Muslims lean leftwards for 2020

2019-10-15
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Before the presidential election in 2000, George W. Bush was urged by an adviser to go after a category of voters who would love a business-friendly, socially-conservative message: Muslims. Mr Bush took the tip and it worked. In 2001, a survey of Ame...
Uniting to Confront Violence Against Places of Worship

Uniting to Confront Violence Against Places of Worship

2019-10-14
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Remarks by Mr. Miguel Moratinos The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations at the Church Center Event ‘Uniting to Confront Violence Against Places of Worship’ 19 September 2019 At the outset, let me ...
Antisemitic beliefs spreading among evangelical Christians in America

Antisemitic beliefs spreading among evangelical Christians in America

2019-09-26
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The relationship between Christians and Jews has been fraught for almost 2,000 years since the death of Jesus. Today, with a president who levels accusations about Jews and who encourages his fans to mistrust the mainstream media, a growing number of...
Muslim American Society hosted 'Walk for Yemen'

Muslim American Society hosted 'Walk for Yemen'

2019-09-26
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On August 25th, 2019, Muslim American Society of Chicago (MAS) called out for Chicagoans to come join them on the 5k walk to raise money for Yemen. MAS reached out to other local organizations, church groups, and public institutions in order to have them come out to the event.
Oakland Muslim community celebrates Muslim-American contributions to U.S.

Oakland Muslim community celebrates Muslim-American contributions to U.S.

2019-09-25
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The Muslim community in Oakland city, Northern California, celebrated the outstanding contributions made by Muslim Americans to the United States. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf presented a proclamation to the Muslim community at Masjidul Waritheen, a pr...
Detention of Muslims at UK ports and airports 'structural Islamophobia'

Detention of Muslims at UK ports and airports 'structural Islamophobia'

2019-09-24
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Muslims are being detained at ports and airports for up to six hours by law enforcement using controversial counter-terrorism powers so disproportionately that the practice has become Islamophobic, according to human rights group Cage. The organizati...
Daghistani Qur’an manuscripts in the British Library

Daghistani Qur’an manuscripts in the British Library

2019-09-24
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‘Bold script of wildness and beauty’ is Jan Just Witkam's evocative description of the calligraphy of a manuscript from Daghistan in the collection of Leiden University Library (Cod. Or. 11964), a characterization which seems supremely we...
What Americans know about religion

What Americans know about religion

2019-09-04
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Most Americans are familiar with some of the basics of Christianity and the Bible, and even a few facts about Islam. But far fewer U.S. adults are able to correctly answer factual questions about Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, and most do not know w...
From rapper to pilgrim: French celebrity Diam's life-changing visit to a Muslim friend

From rapper to pilgrim: French celebrity Diam's life-changing visit to a Muslim friend

2019-09-03
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She had money, fame, influence and power. By the age of 23, she had millions of fans, sold more than 4 million albums and won numerous awards. Writing and performing numerous hit singles and records one after the other, by 2007, Mélanie Georgi...
Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders unite to oppose abortion bill in Australia

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders unite to oppose abortion bill in Australia

2019-09-02
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A group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders has issued the statement below, opposing the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 and the speed with which it is being pushed through NSW Parliament This bill was only given to select pa...
BBC apologizes after presenter calls Muslim prayer sign 'IS salute'

BBC apologizes after presenter calls Muslim prayer sign 'IS salute'

2019-09-02
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The BBC said it would remove the relevant voiceover from Dooley’s documentary before broadcast.  The BBC has apologized and amended a Panorama documentary presented by Stacey Dooley after she inadvertently described a Muslim prayer sign as...
A course about Jerusalem unites students in Amsterdam

A course about Jerusalem unites students in Amsterdam

2019-09-01
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Some 20 students from different European study programs and from a wide range of backgrounds, including Muslims, Jews and Christians, participated in the first summer school on “Jerusalem and the Three Religions” took place at the Protest...
BBC launches Muzlamic, its first Muslim comedy sketch show

BBC launches Muzlamic, its first Muslim comedy sketch show

2019-09-01
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The BBC has launched a new pilot sketch show exploring life for Muslims in modern Britain. “Muzlamic is a brand new pilot sketch show exploring life from the perspective of two Muslim comedians, or rather, two comedians who happen to be Muslim,...
Muslim social media platform Labayk launches globally

Muslim social media platform Labayk launches globally

2019-09-01
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A new social media platform based on Islamic morals and values called Labayk has launched globally. Labayk says it aims to be a platform that serves people’s needs through Islamic values and creating a respectful, truthful online environment. A...
Exploring Declarations from around the World that Promote Human Dignity and Religious Freedom for All

Exploring Declarations from around the World that Promote Human Dignity and Religious Freedom for All

2019-09-01
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This Event which was happened on July 15, 2019 at National Press Club was co-hosted by International Center for Law and Religion Studies, part of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and the Religious Freedom Institute It was a...
Muslim Caucus to hold first conference amid Trump's attacks

Muslim Caucus to hold first conference amid Trump's attacks

2019-08-31
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Muslim political leaders and academics are set to gather in Washington, DC, for what is being billed as the first national gathering of Muslims in politics in United States history. The historic moment comes as President Donald Trump and his supporte...
Archaeologists uncover 1,200-year-old mosque

Archaeologists uncover 1,200-year-old mosque

2019-07-18
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The 1,200-year-old building is one of the oldest mosques ever discovered in Israel. The researchers also uncovered a farm and a small settlement near the mosque in the Negev Desert. Archaeologists announced on Thursday that they had discovered a 1,2...
What Western civilization owes to Islamic cultures

What Western civilization owes to Islamic cultures

2019-07-18
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Algebra, alchemy, artichoke, alcohol, and apricot all derive from Arabic words which came to the West during the age of Crusades. Even more fundamental are the Indo-Arabic numerals (0-9), which replaced Roman numerals during the same period and revol...
British Museum to explore Islamic world's impact on western art

British Museum to explore Islamic world's impact on western art

2019-07-17
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An art tradition sometimes dismissed as perpetuating lazy stereotypes about the east will soon – the British Museum hopes – be seen in a different light thanks to a major exhibition exploring how western artists have been inspired by the ...
Global restrictions on religion increased over decade, Pew report

Global restrictions on religion increased over decade, Pew report

2019-07-17
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Restrictions on religion are on the rise, not just under authoritarian regimes but also in European democracies, according to the US Pew center. It found Christians are harassed in 143 countries, and Muslims in 140. Over the decade from 2007 to 2017...
German intelligence agency publishes new report on ‘Islamist anti-Semitism’

German intelligence agency publishes new report on ‘Islamist anti-Semitism’

2019-07-14
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The German domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz – which roughly translates as Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution – has published a new report titled “Anti-Semitism in Islamism&rdq...
Europe ‘will become Muslim if refugees don’t go home’, Dalai Lama says

Europe ‘will become Muslim if refugees don’t go home’, Dalai Lama says

2019-07-11
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The Dalai Lama has claimed Europe could become ‘African or Muslim’ if refugees do not return to their home countries. The 83-year-old, who has been living as a refugee from Tibet since 1959, said he thinks only a ‘limited number&rsq...
Muslim Community consultations begin in ACT

Muslim Community consultations begin in ACT

2019-07-10
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The Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has met with members of the Muslim Community in the ACT about their experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion. The gathering at the Can...
Norway: Islamophobic group insults Muslims, harms Qur’an

Norway: Islamophobic group insults Muslims, harms Qur’an

2019-07-02
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An Islamophobic group in Norway insulted Muslims, said all Qurans must be destroyed and threw a copy of the Muslim holy book the Qur’an in an event near the capital Oslo on Saturday, according to a video the group posted on the Internet. Durin...
Almost HALF of Tory members want to 'reduce Muslims coming to UK', shock poll shows

Almost HALF of Tory members want to 'reduce Muslims coming to UK', shock poll shows

2019-07-01
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Four in 10 Tory members think there should be a reduction in the number of Muslims entering Britain, according to the YouGov survey.
Quebec bans religious symbols in some public sector jobs

Quebec bans religious symbols in some public sector jobs

2019-06-30
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The Quebec government passed a bill late Sunday barring schoolteachers, police officers, judges and other public employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace, prompting an outcry that civil liberties in the province were under attack. F...
The gendered nature of Islamophobia increasingly highlighted as hate crimes rise

The gendered nature of Islamophobia increasingly highlighted as hate crimes rise

2019-06-24
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Tell MAMA UK, a national project which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom., has said that over half of all reported hate crimes in the UK target visibly Muslim women. Religious hate crime has risen in the UK by 40% from ...
Faith institutions urged to lead way in healing 'collective trauma'

Faith institutions urged to lead way in healing 'collective trauma'

2019-06-23
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Faith institutions must show strong moral leadership to heal people’s “collective trauma” and fill the void left by international political failure, according to the UN’s deputy head and the leader of one of the UK’s maj...
“Europe’s first eco-mosque” opens in Cambridge

“Europe’s first eco-mosque” opens in Cambridge

2019-06-20
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Cambridge Mosque, “Europe’s first eco-mosque” has opened after much anticipation. Sustainability and eco-friendliness have been prioritized in the building of the mosque and its mission statement, which quotes Dr Tim Winter, chairma...
European Muslim Jewish leadership council expresses support

European Muslim Jewish leadership council expresses support

2019-06-19
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It is with deep dismay that the Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council (MJLC) has heard of recent developments in Austria which could lead to the country’s withdrawal from the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID). The Board of Directors of the MJ...
Muslim Council of Britain condemns Conservative Party over Islamophobia: 'Fundamental failures in every single way'

Muslim Council of Britain condemns Conservative Party over Islamophobia: 'Fundamental failures in every single way'

2019-06-18
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Britain's largest Muslim organization has condemned the Conservatives over "fundamental failures" in addressing Islamophobia within the party's ranks. In alarming remarks, the spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain(MCB) said he had document...
Copies of Quran ripped up at mosque in Germany

Copies of Quran ripped up at mosque in Germany

2019-06-13
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The German government is condemning an incident in which around 50 copies of the Quran were damaged at a mosque. Police say that one or more people ripped up copies of the Islamic holy book at a mosque in the northwestern city of Bremen on Saturday....
Greece: ‘Attack on Muslim cemetery shows rising Islamophobia’

Greece: ‘Attack on Muslim cemetery shows rising Islamophobia’

2019-06-11
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A recent attack on a Muslim cemetery in Greece shows the rise of Islamophobia and racism both there and throughout the continent, according to an expert on the region. A Muslim cemetery in the city of Alexandroupolis was found on Tuesday to have suff...
After waiting for decades, Muslims in Athens finally get a mosque

After waiting for decades, Muslims in Athens finally get a mosque

2019-06-06
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Without minaret or dome, the beige, rectangular structure in a former industrial area has none of the ornate grace typical of Islamic places of worship. But for the Muslims of Athens, it is the result of a long-fought battle - and the city's first fo...
Danish Muslims feel backlash as immigration becomes election issue

Danish Muslims feel backlash as immigration becomes election issue

2019-05-31
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Growing numbers of Danish Muslims say they have faced verbal abuse, exclusion and hate crimes since mainstream political parties began adopting anti-immigrant policies previously the preserve of the far right. The ruling center-right Liberal Party a...
Austria passes law banning hijab in primary schools but not Sikh turban or Jewish kippah

Austria passes law banning hijab in primary schools but not Sikh turban or Jewish kippah

2019-05-17
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The Austrian parliament has approved a law banning girls in primary schools from wearing the hijab. The bill which was passed on Wednesday is likely to be challenged as discriminatory in Austria’s Constitutional Court. The law received support...
Dr. Hossein Kamaly to fill Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies

Dr. Hossein Kamaly to fill Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies

2019-05-14
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President Joel N. Lohr and Hartford Seminary are pleased to announce that, as of July 1, Dr. Hossein Kamaly will hold the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools. He will also be Associate Professor of Islamic ...
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding releases the “American Muslim Poll 2019"

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding releases the “American Muslim Poll 2019"

2019-05-13
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The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) has released the “American Muslim Poll 2019”, its fourth annual poll in which different religious groups, and those that consider themselves non-affiliated, are surveyed in order to...
Islamic research in Germany: A new Qur’anic commentary – and old questions of politicization

Islamic research in Germany: A new Qur’anic commentary – and old questions of politicization

2019-05-10
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Austrian theologian Mouhanad Khorchide, professor for Islamic religious pedagogy and director of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster in Germany, has published the first part of a wide-ranging commentary of the Qur’...
Muslim interfaith head from Preston invites Tommy Robinson for “peaceful sit-down”

Muslim interfaith head from Preston invites Tommy Robinson for “peaceful sit-down”

2019-05-10
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The co-founder of a Muslim interfaith group in Preston has invited the anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson to a “peaceful and respectful” meeting. Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is standing as an Independent MEP ...
The Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion 2019

The Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion 2019

2019-05-09
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The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History hereby calls for nominations for its annual prize for outstanding research pertaining to the field of religion. The prize is awarded to a researcher in the field for a significant, r...
The new book from France about Islamist terror is a must-read

The new book from France about Islamist terror is a must-read

2019-05-09
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Here is a book project urgently crying out for US/UK English-language publisher. The book in question came out in French two weeks ago and swiftly made the bestseller lists over there. Amid a storm of media coverage, France's top weekly newsmagazine,...
Manuscripts of the Muslim World project made recently available digital copies of 208 manuscripts

Manuscripts of the Muslim World project made recently available digital copies of 208 manuscripts

2019-05-07
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The goal of the project is to provide digital editions of more than 500 manuscripts and 827 paintings from the Islamicate world broadly construed. Together these holdings will represent in great breadth the flourishing intellectual and cultural herit...
Christians encouraged to use Ramadan to pray for Muslims

Christians encouraged to use Ramadan to pray for Muslims

2019-05-05
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Christians are being encouraged to use Ramadan as a time to pray for Muslims. Christian charity Interserve is calling on believers to pray for the protection of the Muslim community and that they would come to know Jesus. In a statement, it said: ...
Proceedings of the First Four Annual International Conferences on Shi‘i Studies

Proceedings of the First Four Annual International Conferences on Shi‘i Studies

2019-04-29
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ICAS Press Latest Publication The Annual International Conference on Shi‘i Studies is organized by the Research and Publications Department of The Islamic College, London. The conference aims to provide a broad platform for scholars working in...
The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA)

The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA)

2019-04-27
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The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA) has been launched end of March 2019. The MIDA-project rests on the premise that digitization and technological innovation do have a tremendous impact on Islam, the ...
How people around the world view religion’s role in their countries

How people around the world view religion’s role in their countries

2019-04-25
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Recent studies document younger adults being less religious than older generations and the global religious profile changing as the population grows. Across 27 countries surveyed, more think religion plays a less important role than a more important ...
Largest American Muslim Convention at the Capital

Largest American Muslim Convention at the Capital

2019-04-24
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The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held its 44th ICNA-MAS Annual Convention at a new location in Washington D.C. past weekend. More than 24,000 people attended the event at the massive Walter Washington Convention Center, making it the larges...
Dubai's Quranic Park uses landscaping to tell visitors the Stories of Islam!

Dubai's Quranic Park uses landscaping to tell visitors the Stories of Islam!

2019-04-19
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The park features 12 gardens, a Cave of Miracles, and a split lake symbolizing parting of the Red Sea in the time of Hazrat Musa (AS)
Women's Mosque of Canada opens in Toronto

Women's Mosque of Canada opens in Toronto

2019-04-19
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Canada's first all-female mosque opened in Toronto, giving women a safe space to practice their faith. John Vennavally-Rao reports. The Women’s Mosque of Canada says it will be offering bi-weekly Friday prayers for women that are also led by wo...
Sweden: Half of internet hate crimes target Muslims

Sweden: Half of internet hate crimes target Muslims

2019-04-19
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Internet-based hate crimes double in country over 2017-2018, says head of online hate speech monitoring group
A Muslim photographer wins an award for capturing Muslims praying in public

A Muslim photographer wins an award for capturing Muslims praying in public

2019-04-16
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This Muslim photographer, Sana Ullah, has won 2019 Goldziher award for her photo series ‘Places You’ll Pray’ which highlights Muslim worshippers praying in public places. This was reported in GW Hatchet. This alumna who graduated i...
Anti-extremist policy targeting UK Muslims successfully appealed

Anti-extremist policy targeting UK Muslims successfully appealed

2019-04-11
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The UK’s so-called ‘counter-extremism’ Prevent strategy has always been a controversial policy. Not only have its negative consequences been felt and condemned in the United Kingdom, but its inherently flawed basis has been exported...
9th Circuit revives Muslims’ lawsuit charging FBI with spying at mosques

9th Circuit revives Muslims’ lawsuit charging FBI with spying at mosques

2019-04-01
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A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday to revive much of a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by Southern California Muslims against the FBI that claims they were subjected to surveillance because of their religion. The decision by ...
Progressive politician tests appetite for less religious Poland

Progressive politician tests appetite for less religious Poland

2019-03-31
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Robert Biedron, the founder of a new progressive party in Poland, believes ties between the state and the Catholic Church in one of Europe’s most devout nations are “pathological” and need to be loosened. After four years of rule b...
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values

Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values

2019-03-31
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YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and Middle East/North Africa region…The research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the Un...
Muslim immigrants sue ICE for getting in the way of religious observance

Muslim immigrants sue ICE for getting in the way of religious observance

2019-03-27
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Muslim immigrants detained at a Florida jail made more than 20 requests — orally and in writing — for religious accommodation throughout last year. Their asks were simple: They wanted their meals to be religiously compliant, to be able to...
Australian judge urges Muslims to disavow “violent verses of Quran”

Australian judge urges Muslims to disavow “violent verses of Quran”

2019-03-25
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An Australian judge has called on the country’s Muslims to publicly disavow “violent verses of the Quran that have inspired acts of terrorism.” Justice Desmond Fagan said hostile verses in the Quran that support “intolerance...
Pope and grand imam sign historic pledge of fraternity in UAE

Pope and grand imam sign historic pledge of fraternity in UAE

2019-03-14
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In first papal visit to Arabian peninsula, Francis calls for end to wars in Middle East
Islamic schools among the top Ontario elementary schools: Fraser Institute

Islamic schools among the top Ontario elementary schools: Fraser Institute

2019-02-10
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In January, the Fraser Institute released its annual report card on Ontario Elementary Schools for 2019.The report card ranks over 3,000 Ontario schools, including anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools, along with a small number of p...
Black Muslims account for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims, and about half are converts to Islam

Black Muslims account for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims, and about half are converts to Islam

2019-02-06
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Even in the early 20th century, when Islam had little presence in most parts of the United States, the religion had a foothold in many black urban communities. Today, black people (not including those of Hispanic descent or mixed race) make up 20% of...
Dutch politician who said “Islam is a lie” and “Quran is poison” has become Muslim

Dutch politician who said “Islam is a lie” and “Quran is poison” has become Muslim

2019-02-05
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A former Dutch far-right politician who once said “Islam is a lie” and the “Quran is poison” has announced that he has become Muslim.  
A less religious America will be a less generous America

A less religious America will be a less generous America

2019-02-04
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Religion in the United States is in a slump. Since 1990, the share of Americans who reject any religious affiliation has climbed sharply, from 8 percent to more than 22 percent. Among younger Americans, the trend is especially pronounced. According t...
Lewisham Mosque and MAB rubbish media reporting of "extremist" mosque scout groups

Lewisham Mosque and MAB rubbish media reporting of "extremist" mosque scout groups

2019-02-02
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Lewisham Mosque and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) have slammed media reporting after it was claimed that two Muslim scout leaders were suspended following an investigation into extremism. Lewisham Mosque said it continued “to be appa...
Islamophobia: Dutch Muslims call for security in mosques

Islamophobia: Dutch Muslims call for security in mosques

2019-02-02
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Head of Geylani Foundation in Rotterdam urges Dutch government to take immediate action against attacks
U.S. State Department to hold high-level Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom for second year in a row

U.S. State Department to hold high-level Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom for second year in a row

2019-01-31
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The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) welcomes the U.S. Department of State’s recent announcement that it will host a second consecutive Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 16-18, 2019. This high-level event, according to the announce...
Education needed to tackle Islamic extremism in Ireland

Education needed to tackle Islamic extremism in Ireland

2019-01-24
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Catholic methods of examining scripture could help tackle radicalization in Islam, a leading Jesuit academic has said, after it was revealed an Irish citizen was captured having left Ireland to fight for the so-called Islamic State. Originally from ...
US airport renamed after Muslim legend Muhammad Ali

US airport renamed after Muslim legend Muhammad Ali

2019-01-21
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The Louisville International Airport located in Kentucky, USA, has announced it will change its name to be Muhammad Ali International Airport, to honor the late sports legend, CNN reported. “We are so excited to announce that @FlyLouisville wil...
Diverse group of religious leaders remind U.S. Senators: religious tests for public office Are wrong, unlawful

Diverse group of religious leaders remind U.S. Senators: religious tests for public office Are wrong, unlawful

2019-01-19
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A group of leaders from across a broad spectrum of American religious life urged Senators to pledge their opposition to religious tests of any kind for nominees for public office. A letter, organized by the Religious Freedom Institute, was delivered ...
Church welcomes its special Muslim visitors on Christmas Eve

Church welcomes its special Muslim visitors on Christmas Eve

2019-01-14
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On Christmas Eve, churches all over the country will welcome into their midnight mass services people who rarely take part in acts of Christian worship but find candlelit carols irresistible. In the pews of St Alban’s in North Harrow there will...
French Muslim women push for 'inclusive' mosque in Paris

French Muslim women push for 'inclusive' mosque in Paris

2019-01-12
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Two Muslim organizations in France have launched projects to create "inclusive" mosques: spaces where women and men can pray together, and where female imams would be able to lead Friday prayers. There is some support for women imams in Britain and S...
Green Book writer apologizes for anti-Muslim tweet

Green Book writer apologizes for anti-Muslim tweet

2019-01-11
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Nick Vallelonga, the Green Book writer and producer whose late father Tony is a central character in the film, has apologised for a 2015 social media post that triggered accusations of Islamophobia. Vallelonga has come under fire after the discovery ...
Belgium bans halal slaughtering

Belgium bans halal slaughtering

2019-01-05
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A ban on Muslim and Jewish methods of ritually slaughtering animals has come into force in Belgium. The ban brings Belgium in line with European Union regulations that require animals to be stunned so they can’t feel pain before slaughter. How...
5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress

5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress

2019-01-02
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The new Congress is slightly more religiously diverse than its predecessor, but it remains overwhelmingly Christian, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of congressional data collected by CQ Roll Call. For the first day of the 116th Cong...
What is being taught at the "Islamic University of Europe" in the Netherlands?

What is being taught at the "Islamic University of Europe" in the Netherlands?

2019-01-01
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A recent development in a two-year-old corruption scandal -- involving the so-called "Islamic University of Europe" in the Netherlands -- has renewed public interest in the institution, involving tax fraud. Its rector, professor Nedim Bahçekap...
German politicians propose a 'religion tax' for Muslims to counter extremism

German politicians propose a 'religion tax' for Muslims to counter extremism

2018-12-28
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When Germans file their annual tax returns, religion matters a great deal. If you're Catholic, tax authorities will likely collect an income tax surcharge of about 10 percent on behalf of your local church. The same applies to most Protestants. The ...
British soldiers, Pakistani officials and Israeli diplomats celebrate Mawlid, Christmas and Chanukah together

British soldiers, Pakistani officials and Israeli diplomats celebrate Mawlid, Christmas and Chanukah together

2018-12-21
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Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were among the 200 people who gathered at the Ilford Muslim Community Centre on Thursday 13 December to celebrate the Mawlid, Christmas and Chanukah. Among the guests were members of the British Armed Force...
Conference of European Churches: “Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life”

Conference of European Churches: “Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life”

2018-12-19
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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Cumberland Lodge conducted a conference titled “Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities.” Co-hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the gath...
What is the most powerful Muslim country in the world?

What is the most powerful Muslim country in the world?

2018-12-11
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5Pillars editor Roshan Muhammed Salih has compiled a subjective list of the most powerful countries in the Muslim world. He judged them on nine criteria – the strength of their economies, internal cohesion, their political systems, levels of co...
Americans say religious aspects of Christmas are declining in public life

Americans say religious aspects of Christmas are declining in public life

2018-12-10
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As long-simmering debates continue over how American society should commemorate the Christmas holiday, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past &n...
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the closest thing we have to an international interfaith movement

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the closest thing we have to an international interfaith movement

2018-12-10
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in 1893, during the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, thousands gathered over 17 days in September to witness a “World’s Parliament of Religions.” For many Americans, it was their first encounter with Hindus, Sikhs, Bud...
Harmonizing Religion and Human Rights

Harmonizing Religion and Human Rights

2018-12-05
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How can we align religious life with human rights? What role should spiritual leaders play in promoting human rights? And what can everyday people of faith do to defend human rights and encourage mutual respect between people of different religions? ...
Map: How do European countries differ in religious commitment?

Map: How do European countries differ in religious commitment?

2018-12-04
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Europeans generally are less religious than people in other parts of the world. But within Europe, there are sometimes sizable differences in levels of religious commitment, according to an analysis of recent Pew Research Center surveys in 34 countri...
The new Islamophobia definition deals with symptoms not causes

The new Islamophobia definition deals with symptoms not causes

2018-12-03
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Last week the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, published its report “Islamophobia Defined: A report into a working definition of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred”. That a parliamentary group has finally recogni...
Podcast: A Global Study on Government Restrictions and Social Hostilities Related to Religion

Podcast: A Global Study on Government Restrictions and Social Hostilities Related to Religion

2018-12-02
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Restrictions on religion rose around the globe in 2016, according to Pew Research Center’s annual study of global restrictions on religion. The share of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of government restricti...
Despite threats, the Canadian-Muslim Vote’s Visit My Mosque Day events a success

Despite threats, the Canadian-Muslim Vote’s Visit My Mosque Day events a success

2018-11-30
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The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization increasing democratic engagement within the Muslim community, held a very well-attended Visit My Mosque Day across Canada on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Several mosques across the cou...
Canadian Muslims call on government to designate January 29 as National Day against Hate

Canadian Muslims call on government to designate January 29 as National Day against Hate

2018-11-30
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) sent an open letter to the federal government urging them to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance. The letter has been endorsed by over 100 Canadian Muslim organ...
Interfaith Youth Camp in Scotland

Interfaith Youth Camp in Scotland

2018-11-16
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A unique and amazing experience summed up what many of us felt at the end of the first Scottish Interfaith Youth Camp 2018 (SIYC), held in Aberfoyle, near Stirling. The idea of a SIYC developed from the Wings of Unity project, a collaborative initiat...
Rise of the Islamic University

Rise of the Islamic University

2018-11-15
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Islamic universities are beginning to spring up in countries around the world with new institutions opening in the US, Italy and in some European countries. The aim is to provide higher education for immigrant Muslim communities and to tackle concer...
Online Study with Hartford Seminary’s interfaith, global community from anywhere in the world

Online Study with Hartford Seminary’s interfaith, global community from anywhere in the world

2018-11-14
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For years Hartford Seminary has provided quality online learning with knowledgeable faculty and an engaging, intellectual student body of diverse identities and faiths. Starting in Fall 2017, our Master of Arts in Religious Studies* program will be o...
German Evangelical Church conducts survey, ponders stance on Islam

German Evangelical Church conducts survey, ponders stance on Islam

2018-11-14
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The Social Science Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has published a new study titled “Islam and Muslims in Germany: The population’s view”. Just over 2000 respondents were questioned on the phone with respect to ...
What did this mosque sound like more than a thousand years ago?

What did this mosque sound like more than a thousand years ago?

2018-11-14
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Researchers have recreated the acoustic atmosphere of the ancient Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. The sounds in the prayer hall have changed over the centuries. When a building is slated for an addition or a renovation, preservation-minded...
Muslim women win House seats, blazing a new path

Muslim women win House seats, blazing a new path

2018-11-13
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A Palestinian-American and a Somali ex-refugee become the first female Muslims in Congress
Republicans account for a small but steady share of U.S. Muslims

Republicans account for a small but steady share of U.S. Muslims

2018-11-12
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Many more U.S. Muslims identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party than the GOP (66% vs. 13%), but the share who are Republican has held steady over the last 10 years, including after the election of President Donald Trump, according to a new a...
German schools teach Islam to students to give them a sense of belonging

German schools teach Islam to students to give them a sense of belonging

2018-11-11
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In a country where the debate over “who belongs?” has deeply divided Ms Merkel’s government, fueled massive demonstrations and propelled the rise of anti-immigrant populism, the 16 and 17-year-olds confront versions questions every ...
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam

2018-11-10
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The famous Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has converted to Islam and taken the new name “Shuhada’ Davitt.” In a tweet which is thought to be from her account, O’Connor said she had ditched the Catholic Church for good in a...
Poll: Most Britons tolerant of Islam and Muslims, but strong minority isn't

Poll: Most Britons tolerant of Islam and Muslims, but strong minority isn't

2018-11-10
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The majority of Britons are tolerant of Islam and Muslims but a strong minority isn’t, a new poll has revealed.
New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

2018-11-03
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According to the new national survey, at least half of teens say they are “religious nones” - those who do not identify with a religion or religious group. Digging deeper, we found a more complicated picture of faith and spirituality amon...
Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service

Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service

2018-11-02
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An invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a eucharist service in an Oxford church on Sunday has triggered complaints from traditionalists. Monawar Hussain, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honors last year for ...
Muslim Council of Britain to train women to run mosques

Muslim Council of Britain to train women to run mosques

2018-11-01
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Six-month program aims to increase diversity and follows calls for greater involvement.
'German Islam' as a political project

'German Islam' as a political project

2018-10-31
666 Views
Although Germany's debate on Islam has a long history, it took on greater intensity in 2010 with the then German President Christian Wulff's momentous declaration that "Islam belongs to Germany". As if to counter Wulff's argument, Germany's Interior ...
University of Minnesota creating Islamic studies program

University of Minnesota creating Islamic studies program

2018-10-24
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The new University of Minnesota program will include an Islamic studies minor.
Why Americans go (and don’t go) to religious services

Why Americans go (and don’t go) to religious services

2018-10-22
654 Views
Many cite practical or personal reasons, rather than lack of belief, for staying home.
European Jewish and Muslim leaders agree to work together against rising xenophobia

European Jewish and Muslim leaders agree to work together against rising xenophobia

2018-10-21
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Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe are confronted with rising xenophobia, hate crimes, and policies that are curtailing their right to religious practices, leaders of these communities said at the first plenary meeting of the European Muslim Jew...
Art show takes on the misrepresentation of Muslims

Art show takes on the misrepresentation of Muslims

2018-10-05
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Muslim women in the West have been battling inaccurate stereotypes for ages. In the post-Sept. 11 era, Muslim women have come to be seen as one-dimensional figures in need of saving by the “West” and lacking dynamism or the ability to act...
Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques

Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques

2018-10-04
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Relegated to the basement, silenced by the imam and barred from the front door, some Muslim women have had enough of male domination at the mosque and are setting up their own. From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, a handful of female mosques now cater to ...
Social Wilayah Summer Retreat

Social Wilayah Summer Retreat

2018-10-01
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The Kawthar Learning Circle (KLC) held its Social Wilayah Summer Retreat from 3-6 August 2018 at the Cap-Saint-Jacques regional park in Montreal, Canada. The Social Wilayah Summer Retreat has become a yearly tradition among the KLC family, as an oppo...
Anti-Islamophobia kit launched in European Parliament

Anti-Islamophobia kit launched in European Parliament

2018-09-27
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In the wake of growing racism across Europe, a project to counter Islamophobia was launched in the European Parliament on Wednesday. Experts and academics from across Europe gathered at the parliament for the launch of the two-year Counter-Islamophob...
Islamic schools seek understanding amid rising hate crimesPopulation of Muslim converts increases in Norway

Islamic schools seek understanding amid rising hate crimesPopulation of Muslim converts increases in Norway

2018-09-26
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The famous Norwegian historian Kari Vogt, from Oslo University’s Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, has estimated that as much as 3,000 Norwegians converted to Islam in the recent few years, Verdens Gang reported. “The...
The Latest Attack on Islam: It’s Not a Religion

The Latest Attack on Islam: It’s Not a Religion

2018-09-26
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Religious liberty has become a particularly politicized topic in recent years, and recent months were no different. In a long-awaited June decision, the Supreme Court decided in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for...
Islamic schools seek understanding amid rising hate crimes

Islamic schools seek understanding amid rising hate crimes

2018-09-24
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According to a 2011 report by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), there are 235 full-time Islamic schools in the United States. Shariq Siddiqui and Sabith Khan, co-authors of “Islamic Education in the United States and th...
The European day of action against Islamophobia and religious intolerance

The European day of action against Islamophobia and religious intolerance

2018-09-21
709 Views
Many Muslims still remember the killing of a pregnant Muslim woman in a German court based on anti-Muslim motivation. On July 1, 2009, Marwa was stabbed to death by the attacker, who openly revealed his anti-Muslim bias. Five years later on July 1, ...
Canada’s first Muslim theater launched in Montreal

Canada’s first Muslim theater launched in Montreal

2018-09-19
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The Silk Road Institute, a non-profit Muslim organization dedicated to promoting cultural arts, is launching Canada’s first professional Muslim theater company this fall in Montreal, Broadway World reported on September 19. The company’s...
Most Western Europeans favor at least some restrictions on Muslim women’s religious clothing

Most Western Europeans favor at least some restrictions on Muslim women’s religious clothing

2018-09-16
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A Danish law that took effect in August makes it illegal for Muslim women to wear face-covering veils – such as burqas or niqabs – in public. Austria, Belgium and France, as well as parts of Italy and Spain, have enacted similar laws in r...
Canadian project finds common ground for Muslims, Catholics

Canadian project finds common ground for Muslims, Catholics

2018-09-11
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Local Catholic and Muslim leaders in Edmonton, Canada, have organized a ‘Meet Greet’ event to create mutual understanding between the two religious communities for a “deeper way of tolerance and coexistence”. “The most ...
BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2019

BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2019

2018-09-02
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BRAIS – De Gruyter International Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) and De Gruyter are delighted to announce the fourth round of the BRAIS...
The Religious Typology

The Religious Typology

2018-08-31
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A new way to categorize Americans by religion Most U.S. adults identify with a particular religious denomination or group. They describe themselves as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Jewish, Mormon or Muslim– to name just a few of the hundreds o...
Sweden: Muslim woman wins religious discrimination case

Sweden: Muslim woman wins religious discrimination case

2018-08-16
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A Muslim woman will get 40,000 Swedish krona ($4,366) in damages from a company that discriminated against her faith-based choices during a job interview, a Swedish court ruled. Farah Alhajeh’s job interview in Uppsala, eastern Sweden was canc...
With anti-Muslim laws, Europe enters new dark age

With anti-Muslim laws, Europe enters new dark age

2018-08-07
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New laws targeting Muslims are reminiscent of a time when innocent Jewish children were abducted by masked monks and imprisoned in monasteries to “save” them from the eternal fire of hell. In our blind mistrust of religious differences, w...
The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

The race for first Muslim woman in US Congress

2018-08-02
698 Views
Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. Now aged 44, she faces the biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white constituency, where...
Muslim and Protestant scientists most likely to perceive discrimination

Muslim and Protestant scientists most likely to perceive discrimination

2018-07-31
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Religious identity may fuel perceptions of discrimination, Rice University research shows
In Western Europe, familiarity with Muslims is linked to positive views of Muslims and Islam

In Western Europe, familiarity with Muslims is linked to positive views of Muslims and Islam

2018-07-24
790 Views
Across Western Europe, people who say they personally know a Muslim are generally more likely than others to have positive opinions of Muslims and their religion, according to a recent Pew Research Center study in 15 countries. However, knowing somet...
Muslim Americans running for office in highest numbers since 2001

Muslim Americans running for office in highest numbers since 2001

2018-07-18
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A record number of Muslim Americans ran for statewide or national office this election cycle, the most since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made Islam a political target for many, according to Muslim political groups. The Muslim civil rights g...
Religious education needs overhaul to reflect UK, says report

Religious education needs overhaul to reflect UK, says report

2018-07-17
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Religious education in schools is outdated and should be replaced with a new subject: religion, belief and values, and the right of parents to withdraw their children from classes should be scrapped, according to the former Labor education secretary ...
Islamic primary schools seeking right balance

Islamic primary schools seeking right balance

2018-07-02
753 Views
Islamic primary schools contribute to the integration of Muslims in Dutch society and offer children a sense of belonging and prepare them for Dutch society. Marietje Beemsterboer states in her PhD dissertation that the prejudice that Islamic primary...
Vatican Library makes 15,000 manuscripts available online for free

Vatican Library makes 15,000 manuscripts available online for free

2018-07-01
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Archbishop Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Library, announced on Wednesday the opening of the DigiVatLib, a shortening of digital Vatican Library. The Archbishop explained that over the last five years the Vatican Library has become involved in...
UK’s first access course in Islamic Education launched at Warwick

UK’s first access course in Islamic Education launched at Warwick

2018-07-01
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The UK’s first access course in Islamic Education has been launched by the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick. The short course is designed to bridge the gap between traditional Islamic seminaries and modern higher educat...
Measuring Attitudes Toward Muslims and Jews in Western Europe

Measuring Attitudes Toward Muslims and Jews in Western Europe

2018-07-01
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The religious landscape of Western Europe is changing. The Christian population is declining, while the share of religiously unaffiliated adults is increasing. The Muslim population is growing as a result of immigration and higher fertility rates. Me...
Victoria mosque opens doors to Unitarians after crash damages church

Victoria mosque opens doors to Unitarians after crash damages church

2018-06-22
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Members of the Victoria Islamic Center know what it’s like to lose a place of worship. “We welcome you. This is your place,” Abe Ajrami, treasurer for the Islamic Center, said Sunday morning to a group of about 30 Unitarian Universa...
Supporting Young Muslim Girls

Supporting Young Muslim Girls

2018-06-14
876 Views
If being a young Muslim is hard, being a young Muslim woman is especially difficult. Muslim women who wear the hijab are on the front lines of deflecting attacks against Islam due to their visibility. So much of the Islamophobic narrative surrounding...
Education of Muslim women is limited by economic conditions, not religion

Education of Muslim women is limited by economic conditions, not religion

2018-06-14
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Muslim societies have sometimes faced criticism for failing to adequately educate women. Boko Haram’s kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai have contributed to this ...
The Age Gap in Religion around the World

The Age Gap in Religion around the World

2018-06-13
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By several measures, young adults tend to be less religious than their elders; the opposite is rarely true.
More than 350 mosques call for inquiry into Islamophobia within Conservative party

More than 350 mosques call for inquiry into Islamophobia within Conservative party

2018-06-12
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More than 350 Muslim organizations and mosques have collectively written to the Conservative Party urging them to launch an internal inquiry following allegations of Islamophobia. The calls for an inquiry have supported those made by the Muslim Counc...
NC lawmakers back 'In God We Trust' signs in schools. They say it's not promoting religion.

NC lawmakers back 'In God We Trust' signs in schools. They say it's not promoting religion.

2018-06-10
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After a debate about whether it's promoting religion, the state House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to require North Carolina's public schools to display in a prominent place the words "In God We Trust." Supporters of House Bill 965, which passed 94...
The Online Atlas of Religious Minorities Rights in the Council of Europe Countries

The Online Atlas of Religious Minorities Rights in the Council of Europe Countries

2018-06-06
755 Views
Italian scholar Silvio Ferrari has launched a massive project that will be of interest to NRM scholars and others researching religion. The project aims at producing an online Atlas of the religious minorities’ rights in the Council of Europe ...
The Quran Mobile project

The Quran Mobile project

2018-06-05
804 Views
The Quran Mobile is a project of American Islamic Outreach Foundation (AIOF). It is designed to help the Muslim community to reach out and educate people about the nature of Islam. AIOF serves to inform, educate, and dispel misconceptions about the ...
10 Key Findings about Religion in Western Europe

10 Key Findings about Religion in Western Europe

2018-06-03
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Most Christians in Western Europe today are non-practicing, but Christian identity still remains a meaningful religious, social and cultural marker, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 15 countries in Western Europe. In addition to relig...
Wings of Unity: History, Methodology & Outcomes

Wings of Unity: History, Methodology & Outcomes

2018-06-02
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The following is part of an open session of a four-day conference organized by the Focolare Movement, entitled: ‘Together to give hope. Christians and Muslims on march with the charisma of unity.’ This session was attended by numerous le...
“Imam Mahdi” Islamic Association of Rome

“Imam Mahdi” Islamic Association of Rome

2018-06-01
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On 5th May 2018 the “Imam Mahdi” Islamic Centre of Rome officially began its religious and cultural activities. The Opening ceremony started in the early afternoon with a conference on the “Role and Responsibility of Islamic Centers...
Collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now published online

Collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now published online

2018-05-28
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The Museum "für Islamische Kunst" in Berlin now provides access to more than 11.000 objects online on its website.
How artificial intelligence is shaping religion in the 21st century

How artificial intelligence is shaping religion in the 21st century

2018-05-20
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Technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are fashioning how people interact with everything from food to healthcare — and so, too, for religion. From electronic scriptures to robot priests, different faiths have absorbed new ideas from the w...
World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize to Melbourne

World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize to Melbourne

2018-05-20
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The King of Jordan – founder of the World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative at the United Nations – attended the 2018 King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week prize ceremony at Al Husseiniya Palace and presented awards to the winne...
Muslim minority communities meet in UAE to talk challenges

Muslim minority communities meet in UAE to talk challenges

2018-05-19
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The United Arab Emirates hosted the start of a two-day forum on Tuesday for Islamic community leaders from countries around the world where Muslims are minorities. Several hundred people attended the forum in the UAE’s capital of Abu Dhabi to n...
Pro-sharia party leader: Belgium will have a Muslim majority within 12 years

Pro-sharia party leader: Belgium will have a Muslim majority within 12 years

2018-05-18
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The leader of Belgium’s “Islam” party said in a TV interview said that Belgium will have a Muslim majority soon. Earlier we’ve reported on how his Islam party wants to introduce Sharia law and create an Islamic State in Belgiu...
Ramadan 2018: Google searches to be tailored for the Holy Month

Ramadan 2018: Google searches to be tailored for the Holy Month

2018-05-17
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The California-based tech titan has unveiled new applications and products related to Ramadan intended to help practitioners of the Islamic faith during the most sacred month of the calendar. The company has recently rolled out an interactive calligr...
DeepDeen by Cambridge Islamic College

DeepDeen by Cambridge Islamic College

2018-05-17
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Deep Deen is the world's first video platform designed to elevate understanding, practice and love of Islam. It is an initiative developed by Cambridge Islamic College. Under Shaykh Dr. Akram Nadwi’s leadership and profound scholarship, CIC ar...
Europe's Muslim population to hit 8 pct by 2030

Europe's Muslim population to hit 8 pct by 2030

2018-05-16
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Muslims will also account for 2.1 pct of US population by 2030, says new report on global Muslim diaspora
4th Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

4th Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

2018-05-08
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This year, advocacy days participants focused their lobbying efforts on issues such as the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban,” “Digital Muslim Ban” and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Hosted ...
Young British Muslims are becoming much more liberal – but they aren't less religious as a result

Young British Muslims are becoming much more liberal – but they aren't less religious as a result

2018-05-04
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Muslims, especially second generation Muslims, seem to be finding ways to reconcile British culture with religion. It's only natural that, when Islamic thought has adapted to the context in Malaysia, in Pakistan and in Egypt, it can do so in Britain ...
Sunni and Shia Symposium at UCI

Sunni and Shia Symposium at UCI

2018-04-30
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The Shia Muslim Council, along with its partners, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, CAIR, MPAC and Bayan Claremont presented a unique symposium to discuss Sunni and Shia relations. Held at the University of California in Irvine, the s...
Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

2018-04-20
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Deadline: 1 June 2018 NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline of 1 June 2018. The following link provides background information, the benefits of ...
The greatest Islamic library nobody knows about

The greatest Islamic library nobody knows about

2018-04-13
871 Views
Ireland’s capital city is home to quite possibly the finest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the western hemisphere, if not the entire world. The Chester Beatty Library was first opened in a large building in a wealthy suburb of Dublin in ...
The Religious Freedom Institute announces the launch of its Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team

The Religious Freedom Institute announces the launch of its Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team

2018-04-11
809 Views
At an event, the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) announced the launch of its Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team. Each of the Religious Freedom Institute’s five action teams advances religious freedom in a particular issue area or region ...
Muslim population of the UK could triple to 13m following 'record' influx

Muslim population of the UK could triple to 13m following 'record' influx

2018-04-09
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The Muslim population of the UK is set to triple in 30 years, according to projections from the Pew Research Centre. Under the model which assumes median migration levels, the number of Muslims in the country would rise from 4.1m in 2016 to 13m in 20...
UK: 'Hello, I am Muslim'

UK: 'Hello, I am Muslim'

2018-04-06
848 Views
International event aims to encourage mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Vienna affirm social cohesion and peaceful coexistence

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Vienna affirm social cohesion and peaceful coexistence

2018-03-01
842 Views
Unity among religious leaders is growing and it is a powerful message of hope in the Arab region, Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have heard at a Vienna conference on peaceful coexistence and diversity, whilst advocating the necessity of even mo...
Second Executive Council Meeting of The World Federation (Shia Khoja)

Second Executive Council Meeting of The World Federation (Shia Khoja)

2018-03-01
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The World Federation’s Second Executive Council Meeting of the term 2017-2020 started on Friday 23 February 2018 with an opening and welcome ceremony followed by an evening of Real Talk with the community. Dr Munir Datoo, t...
Visit My Mosque day; A report

Visit My Mosque day; A report

2018-02-18
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The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) is pleased to report that the 4th consecutive Visit My Mosque day on Sunday was once again, a resounding success. With over 200 mosques across the UK opening their doors to the public in an initiative launched...
Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

2018-02-13
838 Views
A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France’s second-largest religion; days after the president told the Journal du Dimanche that he would try to redefine relations between Islam ...
On one issue, Canadians are a lot less tolerant than Americans

On one issue, Canadians are a lot less tolerant than Americans

2018-02-08
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Many Canadians pride themselves on being more multicultural and less suspicious of minorities than Americans, but new public opinion research being aired today in Montréal at a McGill Institute for the Study of Canada conference find...
How the National Prayer Breakfast sparked an unusual meeting between Muslims and evangelicals

How the National Prayer Breakfast sparked an unusual meeting between Muslims and evangelicals

2018-02-07
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Texas pastor Bob Roberts has traveled to Washington before for the National Prayer Breakfast, a Christian-organized networking event where evangelicals come to schmooze about topics including their shared goal of bringing people to Christ. That ...
Boston police’s social media surveillance unfairly targeted Muslims, ACLU says

Boston police’s social media surveillance unfairly targeted Muslims, ACLU says

2018-02-06
825 Views
A social media monitoring tool used by the Boston Police Department to identify potential threats swept up the posts of people using the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter and a lawmaker’s Facebook update about racial inequality, according to a report ...
German politician under fire for converting to Islam

German politician under fire for converting to Islam

2018-01-30
898 Views
When German man Arthur Wagner announced on Facebook he had converted to Islam and was now called Ahmad, he was bombarded with abuse. “Someone wrote, I should leave Germany immediately before I started building bombs,” said Mr Wagner from ...
Interfaith demonstrators form human chain around Muslims in prayer as they protest Trump travel ban

Interfaith demonstrators form human chain around Muslims in prayer as they protest Trump travel ban

2018-01-27
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Muslims prayed following a protest to mark the one year anniversary of the Trump administration's executive order banning travel into the U.S. from several Muslim majority countries, in Washington Square Park, 26 January, 2018 in New York City. 
The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim

The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim

2018-01-26
818 Views
Like Americans in many other religious groups, a substantial share of adults who were raised Muslim no longer identify as members of the faith. But, unlike some other faiths, Islam gains about as many converts as it loses. About a quarter of adults ...
Early Muslim Canadian settler Fuad Sahin named to the Order of Canada

Early Muslim Canadian settler Fuad Sahin named to the Order of Canada

2018-01-17
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Dr. Fuad Sahin was named to the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette on December 29, 2017. He had previously received the Order of Ontario in 2009. Originally from Turkey, Dr. Sahan immigrated to Canada in 1958 with his family and s...
How US mosques are dealing with Muslims’ mental health issues

How US mosques are dealing with Muslims’ mental health issues

2018-01-09
909 Views
In the United States, many Muslims are reluctant to seek out mental health professionals because of the stigma attached to mental illness or because they fear that a Western-trained therapist will not understand their culture or religion. Instead, t...
Worcester Mosque feeds homeless people on New Year’s Day

Worcester Mosque feeds homeless people on New Year’s Day

2018-01-06
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Worcester Mosque has donated almost 200 dishes-worth of food, including desserts, to its neighbors St Paul’s Hostel for the homeless.
Muslims to become second-largest religious group in US, says report

Muslims to become second-largest religious group in US, says report

2018-01-04
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By the year 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the second-largest religious group in the US after Christians, according to projections by a leading American think tank. Pew Research Center estimates there were some 3.45 million Muslims living in the ...
A Historic Illustration of the Investiture of ʿAlī by the Prophet at Ghadīr Khumm

A Historic Illustration of the Investiture of ʿAlī by the Prophet at Ghadīr Khumm

2017-12-26
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Illustration of the investiture of ʿAlī by the Prophet at Ghadīr Khumm from the earliest extant illustrated manuscript of al-Birūnī’s (d. 1048) The Chronology of Ancient Nations located at the Special Collections Department of Edinbur...
Charity launches festive TV ad to challenge view of British Muslims as anti-Christmas

Charity launches festive TV ad to challenge view of British Muslims as anti-Christmas

2017-12-24
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The first mainstream television advertisement by a Muslim charity will be aired over the festive period, a development many hope will help to challenge the misconception that Muslims are anti-Christmas. The 59-second advert for the West Yorkshire cha...
Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe

Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe

2017-12-24
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A special issue of the Journal of Muslims in Europe on ‘Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe’ has been published by Brill. Dr Yafa Shanneik provides the introduction to the special issue, writing on ‘L...
Islamic Educational College enters German language PASCH network

Islamic Educational College enters German language PASCH network

2017-12-13
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The Islamic Educational College was announced as the fourth Jordanian school being admitted to the PASCH network in Jordan, according to a German embassy statement. The PASCH initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” was founded by th...
Majority of former US envoys to Israel oppose Trump's Jerusalem decision

Majority of former US envoys to Israel oppose Trump's Jerusalem decision

2017-12-08
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Nearly all of the former US ambassadors to Israel said they were opposed to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the ultra-sensitive holy city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital over concerns that the move would stoke an alread...
Muslims from disputed new London mosque donate blood at synagogue for Jewish day of action

Muslims from disputed new London mosque donate blood at synagogue for Jewish day of action

2017-12-06
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Thousands of people across the UK took part in the interfaith day encouraging good deeds. Muslims planning to open a new mosque in a traditionally Jewish north London community have joined people at their local synagogue to give blood ...
Europe's Muslim population will continue to grow – but how much depends on migration

Europe's Muslim population will continue to grow – but how much depends on migration

2017-12-04
885 Views
The recent surge in refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority nations to Europe has prompted a backlash among segments of Europe’s population, including the rise of political parties that advocate a halt to immigration and groups&...
CAIR supports Virginia students threatened with suspension for praying between classes

CAIR supports Virginia students threatened with suspension for praying between classes

2017-11-20
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, expressed support for students at a Virginia high school who were recently threatened with suspension for praying together bet...
Despite lack of mosques, France to stop Muslims from praying in the streets

Despite lack of mosques, France to stop Muslims from praying in the streets

2017-11-19
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France strictly regulates religious expression, and building new places of worship for the 5 million Muslims is a controversial issue for the secular country.  After fighting between Muslim worshipers and French authorities in a Paris suburb, th...
Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level

Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level

2017-11-15
970 Views
The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of&nb...
The Challenge of Islam in the UK

The Challenge of Islam in the UK

2017-11-14
964 Views
At the last census in 2011, there were 2.7 million Muslims in the UK, or 4.8% of the population. This has risen quite rapidly from only 105,000 in 1960. The previous census in 2001 showed a Muslim population of 1.6 million. Islam was theref...
Grand Shaikh of Al Azhar named world's most influential Muslim

Grand Shaikh of Al Azhar named world's most influential Muslim

2017-11-13
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The honor was bestowed on Shaikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb by the “Muslim 500”, an annual publication which ranks the most influential Muslims in the world. The Muslim 500 is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre...
Czech Republic's tiny Muslim community subject to hate

Czech Republic's tiny Muslim community subject to hate

2017-11-13
882 Views
Though no exact figures exist, the Muslim community in the Czech Republic is small, between 5,000 and 20,000, or less than 0.02 percent of the total population. Just a portion lives in Prague. Yet Islam has become a hot-button topic in Cze...
Reflection of Arbaeen Religious Rally in Karbala in the Western Media

Reflection of Arbaeen Religious Rally in Karbala in the Western Media

2017-11-12
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American Herald Tribune November 9 ,2017 An Estimated 20 Million Muslims Converge on the Iraqi City of Karbala for the Largest Anti-Terror Rally. The marchers are said to come from over 60 countries, and most of them have marched all the way to ...
Many Central and Eastern Europeans see link between religion and national identity

Many Central and Eastern Europeans see link between religion and national identity

2017-11-10
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Atheist regimes dominated much of Central and Eastern Europe until the fall of the Iron Curtain and collapse of the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1991. Today, however, many of the governments in the region have an official state religion or an unoffi...
World Council of Churches welcomes Muslim World League general secretary

World Council of Churches welcomes Muslim World League general secretary

2017-11-09
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Dr Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, general secretary of the Muslim World League visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on 9 November, where he discussed with WCC leaders both the meaning and impo...
Arbaeen: Millions of Shia Muslims take part in world's greatest pilgrimage as ISIS is finally defeated

Arbaeen: Millions of Shia Muslims take part in world's greatest pilgrimage as ISIS is finally defeated

2017-11-09
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Twice the size of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, yet nowhere near as well known, the Arbaeen comes this year at a moment of victory for Shia Muslims over the extremist Sunnis of Isis. In the final part of his series, Patrick Cockburn re...
Muslim Leaders Education Program leads to further education

Muslim Leaders Education Program leads to further education

2017-11-02
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High teas, workshops and role-plays are used to help Muslim women identify and deal with legal issues. The Home Gatherings are unique legal advice and networking events, delivered by 20 women leaders who completed the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre’s&...
5 Facts about Muslim Millennials in the U.S.

5 Facts about Muslim Millennials in the U.S.

2017-11-01
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The Muslim population in the United States is younger than the U.S. population at large. In fact, while Millennials make up 32% of all U.S. adults, they account for roughly half of American Muslim adults (52%). Muslim Millennials were born from 1981 ...
Water & Roses for Imam Hussein(a)

Water & Roses for Imam Hussein(a)

2017-11-01
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While thousands of Muslims marched through London and different parts of Europe to protest against ISIS and terrorism and to commemorate the event of Karbala on the Day of Ashura, the Union of Islamic Student Associations in Europe participated the e...
UK Muslim Lifestyle Expo 2017 attracts thousands

UK Muslim Lifestyle Expo 2017 attracts thousands

2017-10-28
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The latest lifestyle trends for the U.K.’s Muslims came to center stage in northern Manchester city Saturday with an annual event that aims to attract around 15,000 visitors. Rauf Mirza, one of the organizers of Muslim Lifestyle Expo (MLE), sai...
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada sends goodwill message to Muslims

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada sends goodwill message to Muslims

2017-10-23
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has sent a message of support and goodwill to Canadian Muslims. “At the convention, our assembly adopted a Statement to Muslims in Canada,” wrote the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, Natio...
Channel 4 Documentary: “My Week As A Muslim”

Channel 4 Documentary: “My Week As A Muslim”

2017-10-22
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Channel 4 prompts anger and mockery after 'blacking up' white woman to show Islamophobia Channel 4 is facing mockery after airing a documentary which went to the lengths of getting a white woman to go undercover in ‘brownface’ ...
Canada Muslim Women Determined to Fight Discrimination

Canada Muslim Women Determined to Fight Discrimination

2017-10-22
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A Canadian Muslim women group has found a new resolve to fight discrimination in the community as Muslims celebrated its 35th anniversary a few days after the adoption of Quebec’s burqa ban. “We know that we are in a very special time and...
Findings of ‘Race Disparity Audit’ call for action against racial inequality in Britain

Findings of ‘Race Disparity Audit’ call for action against racial inequality in Britain

2017-10-19
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The new government study “Race Disparity Audit” is likely to stir social debates surrounding racial integration for some time. Bringing together important data about minority groups in Britain, the newly launched website clearly...
Hate crimes targeting Muslims increased 91% in the first half of 2017

Hate crimes targeting Muslims increased 91% in the first half of 2017

2017-10-18
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Prosecutors secured a relatively rare federal hate crime conviction punishable by a tough sentence on Thursday as a Florida man pleaded guilty to leaving a voicemail that threatened to shoot people at a mosque. Legal experts and Islamic advocates sai...
Religious affiliation of U.S. refugees: Growing number of Muslims

Religious affiliation of U.S. refugees: Growing number of Muslims

2017-10-17
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The U.S. has resettled more refugees than any other country – about 3 million since 1980. Generally, in years when more people around the globe are displaced by conflict, violence or persecution in their countries, the number of refug...
German minister upsets fellow conservatives over Muslim holidays

German minister upsets fellow conservatives over Muslim holidays

2017-10-13
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has upset fellow members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc by proposing that Germany introduce Muslim public holidays.
Minnesota Muslim-Jew alliances multiply in new political climate

Minnesota Muslim-Jew alliances multiply in new political climate

2017-10-12
879 Views
Rabbi Morris Allen celebrated the holiday of Sukkot last weekend at an unusual backyard gathering that hosted men wearing yarmulkes and Muslim women draped in headscarves. A few weeks earlier, a new organization of Muslim and Jewish women delivered f...
Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful, court of appeal rules

Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful, court of appeal rules

2017-10-12
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Schools in Britain will no longer be able to substantially segregate boys and girls, after the court of appeal ruled that a co-educational faith school in Birmingham had caused unlawful discrimination by separating the two sexes. The court ...
Muslims, Jews gather in Metro Detroit to forge bonds

Muslims, Jews gather in Metro Detroit to forge bonds

2017-10-12
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As hate crimes targeting Muslims and Jews rise across the United States, according to advocacy groups, the key to sparking change in Metro Detroit lies in forging ties and fighting back, activists said Tuesday. “You’ve got to speak up,&rd...
No place to pray; Munich's Muslims are turning to old pubs and churches

No place to pray; Munich's Muslims are turning to old pubs and churches

2017-10-11
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The sound of Muslim prayer drifts out from the old pub onto the street, as men and women inside kneel on rugs laid down carefully minutes earlier. This is no ordinary congregation, and no ordinary place of worship. Since May, this community of libera...
Islam in Germany: Muslims prefer to be talked to rather than talked about

Islam in Germany: Muslims prefer to be talked to rather than talked about

2017-10-11
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Mosques around Germany opened their doors to non-Muslims to dispel common myths and stereotypes about Islam. Nearly 900 mosques across Germany took part in "Open Mosque Day”, an annual event organized by Islamic associations in the country sinc...
Muslim World League Secretary-General meets Italian Interior Minister

Muslim World League Secretary-General meets Italian Interior Minister

2017-10-10
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, (a Saudi sponsored organization which is under hard European critics on supporting Wahhabism and Daesh), discussed with Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti sev...
New World Order: Muslims to be majority in Europe within two generations

New World Order: Muslims to be majority in Europe within two generations

2017-10-10
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Within 40 years, given current demographic trends, the white population in France and the rest of old Europe will recede, creating a Muslim majority, a French researcher says. Charles Gave, an economist, fund manager and political commenta...
Muslims more likely than Americans overall to say blacks lack equal rights in U.S.

Muslims more likely than Americans overall to say blacks lack equal rights in U.S.

2017-09-29
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Two-thirds of Muslims in the United States (67%) say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites, a higher percentage than the share of Americans in general who say this (57%). Muslim Americans are also more ...
Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

2017-09-28
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The Center for the Study of Religion and Society within the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau,...
Nearly half of Islamic schools in England require girls to wear hijabs, says report

Nearly half of Islamic schools in England require girls to wear hijabs, says report

2017-09-25
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Education chiefs have been urged to allow Muslim girls “free choice” after it emerged that pupils at dozens of Islamic schools are being forced to wear hijabs.
'Misleading' coverage of UK Muslims fueling hostility

'Misleading' coverage of UK Muslims fueling hostility

2017-09-25
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Muslim campaigner values free media but says newspapers must drop 'inaccurate' stories.
High Training School in Sociology of Religion in Rome

High Training School in Sociology of Religion in Rome

2017-09-18
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Date: December 27-30, 2017 Venue: Rome, Italy The High Training School in Sociology of Religion will take place in Rome from 27 to 30 December 2017, in collaboration with the International Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) and the Sectio...
Strong religious beliefs are only one part of Muslim American identity

Strong religious beliefs are only one part of Muslim American identity

2017-09-17
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Nearly all Muslim Americans (97%) say they take pride in being a member of the Islamic faith. But their devotion to core religious beliefs and practices is only part of a religious identity that also includes concerns about social justice and the env...
While Christianity dies in Germany, Islam springs up in its place

While Christianity dies in Germany, Islam springs up in its place

2017-09-17
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Christianity in Germany, and indeed in all of Europe, is dying. There are about 47 million Catholics and Protestants combined in Germany, representing roughly 60 percent of the German population, but that number is falling by 500,000 a year through d...
Fighting 'Islamic terrorism' is France's top priority, says Macron

Fighting 'Islamic terrorism' is France's top priority, says Macron

2017-09-04
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French President Emmanuel Macron has made the fight against "Islamic terrorism" in Syria and Iraq the top priority in his foreign policy agenda. Speaking Tuesday to French diplomats gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron called the Islamic St...
“One thing is clear, faith communities can be a tremendous driver of change”

“One thing is clear, faith communities can be a tremendous driver of change”

2017-09-03
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Gathering at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 August, representatives from a range of faith communities and organizations engaged in water issues held a session exploring how faith communities can help achieve the sixth Sustainable Develop...
Dialogue on sacred texts yields peace-building insights

Dialogue on sacred texts yields peace-building insights

2017-09-03
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At a meeting at the Center for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) in Tehran, Iran on 20-23 August, delegations from the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Iranian Shia community gathered, with a sense of warmth and a willingness for deep exchange, fo...
Study: Integration of Muslims in Germany moving ahead

Study: Integration of Muslims in Germany moving ahead

2017-09-02
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The integration of Germany’s more than 4 million Muslims is moving ahead, especially when it comes to employment and language skills, according to a study released Thursday. The Bertelsmann Foundation said in its Religion Monitor 2017 study th...
New national council to issue progressive rulings for Britain's Muslims

New national council to issue progressive rulings for Britain's Muslims

2017-09-01
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Qari Asim, one of UK’s most prominent imams, says central religious authority will interpret Islam in line with British values.
US's largest anti-Muslim group cancels dozens of rallies after seeing size of anti-fascist crowds in Boston

US's largest anti-Muslim group cancels dozens of rallies after seeing size of anti-fascist crowds in Boston

2017-09-01
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The group was planning to hold 67 events across 36 states.
Speakers Series of South Haven 2017

Speakers Series of South Haven 2017

2017-08-21
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The Speakers Series of South Haven will conclude its 2017 season on Sept. 28, when Yvonne Caamal Canul, head of the Lansing School District and 2015 Superintendent of Year for Michigan, will address her perspective on what really works in educat...
"Meet a Muslim" events hope to dispel misconceptions

"Meet a Muslim" events hope to dispel misconceptions

2017-08-17
1038 Views
Shaiq started her program to educate people about her faith and culture while addressing people’s misconceptions and stereotypes. For Shaiq, her program is about sharing a message of love, compassion and peace. Attendance at her talks spikes fo...
Like most Americans, U.S. Muslims concerned about extremism in the name of Islam

Like most Americans, U.S. Muslims concerned about extremism in the name of Islam

2017-08-17
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Most Americans are worried about Islamic extremism, and most Muslim Americans share these concerns. About eight-in-ten U.S. Muslims (82%) say they are either very (66%) or somewhat concerned (16%) about extremism committed in the name of Islam around...
Police investigate hate mail sent to UK and US mosques

Police investigate hate mail sent to UK and US mosques

2017-08-12
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Counter-terror inquiry into letters and suspicious packages sent from location near Sheffield over past 12 months.
BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2018

BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize 2018

2017-08-12
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The Third Round of the BRAIS – De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World is now open for submissions.
In many ways, Muslim men and women see life in America differently

In many ways, Muslim men and women see life in America differently

2017-08-07
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While many Muslims express wariness and anxiety about aspects of their lives in the United States, Muslim women tend to be more pessimistic about their place in U.S. society than Muslim men. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, more Mu...
Canada: Quebec's Muslim to have their own cemetery

Canada: Quebec's Muslim to have their own cemetery

2017-08-05
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Quebec’s mayor announced that the city’s Muslim community will have their own cemetery, despite objections from right-wing groups and rising anti-Muslim sentiment. The city had promised a separate Muslim graveyard after a shooting attack ...
The Muslim Americans leading the push to 'stand up and be leaders' in politics

The Muslim Americans leading the push to 'stand up and be leaders' in politics

2017-08-04
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Religious discrimination and an increase in hate crimes has spurred more Muslims to run for office and adopt an active role in community organizing.  More Muslims must seek public office as Donald Trump “fans the flames of Islamo...
Muslim feminist plans to open liberal mosque in Britain

Muslim feminist plans to open liberal mosque in Britain

2017-08-01
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Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, is visiting London to investigate potential sites for new venture. 
American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows

American Muslims growing more liberal, survey shows

2017-08-01
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American Muslims are growing more religiously and socially liberal, with the number who say society should accept homosexuality nearly doubling during the past decade, according to a major new survey. American Muslims are also more likely to identify...
Billboard educates Americans on prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Billboard educates Americans on prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

2017-07-31
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GainPeace, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, has launched a new campaign titled “Truthful Man” to educate Americans on the true manners of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and countering a hate campaign that went up last month....
U.S. Muslims concerned about their place in society, but continue to believe in the American dream

U.S. Muslims concerned about their place in society, but continue to believe in the American dream

2017-07-31
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Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 survey of U.S. Muslims
Mosquers Film Festival opens

Mosquers Film Festival opens

2017-07-27
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MOSQUERS 2017 Date: September 09, 2017 Venue: Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB T5J 4X8, Canada Submissions Deadline: August 7, 2017 The Mosquers Film Festival is North America’s leading film competition with a focus on promoting awa...
Brill's Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize 2017

Brill's Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize 2017

2017-07-25
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Submissions Deadline: October 1, 2017 To encourage and support early-career scholars seeking to publish in leading academic journals, Brill is awarding an annual prize for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies. Brill...
CAIR report shows 2017 on track to becoming one of worst years ever for anti-Muslim hate crimes

CAIR report shows 2017 on track to becoming one of worst years ever for anti-Muslim hate crimes

2017-07-22
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017. CAIR’s quarterly report indicate...
Toronto Muslim and Jewish Women find power and joy in building a sisterhood

Toronto Muslim and Jewish Women find power and joy in building a sisterhood

2017-07-21
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With the establishment of the Toronto chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, thirty-four Muslim and Jewish women have come together to support each other against hostile acts directed toward both groups. One of the Sisterhood’s largest cha...
United Nations Secretary-General launches first action plan for religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence

United Nations Secretary-General launches first action plan for religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence

2017-07-21
856 Views
The first ever action plan specifically designed to enable religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence - the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes - was launched o...
A New Boston Ad Campaign Shows How People Can Combat Islamophobia

A New Boston Ad Campaign Shows How People Can Combat Islamophobia

2017-07-19
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Boston has adopted a new method to combat Islamophobia. City authorities have begun a poster campaign encouraging bystanders to make a non-confrontational intervention in case they see harassment against Muslims. The campaign started on July 17 when ...
House rejects controversial study of Islam

House rejects controversial study of Islam

2017-07-13
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday rejected a controversial GOP proposal identifying “Islamic religious doctrines, concepts or schools of thought” that could be used by terrorist groups — something opponents say is unconsti...
UK event hears call for action on anti-Muslim coverage

UK event hears call for action on anti-Muslim coverage

2017-07-13
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U.K. politicians should consider regulation to tackle the tide of negative media coverage about British Muslims. This was the message from a Liverpool conference this week which examined damaging and biased news stories about Britain's Muslim communi...
Young British Muslims are launching their own publications to provide a different media narrative

Young British Muslims are launching their own publications to provide a different media narrative

2017-07-13
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The editors of two magazines targeting Britain’s 2.8m Muslims have spoken about why they felt the need to provide a different media perspective for the minority group. The Black Muslim Times UK is a website set up British Nigerian Halimat Shode...
Muslim leaders arrive in Berlin on European tour against terrorism

Muslim leaders arrive in Berlin on European tour against terrorism

2017-07-13
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A bus-load of imams are on a six-day tour of European cities hit by attacks in recent years to denounce terrorism, including Brussels, Nice, Toulouse and London. After leaving Paris on Saturday, they arrived on Sunday in Berlin. They are due to ...
Austria: Muslim kindergarten study reviewed for text changes

Austria: Muslim kindergarten study reviewed for text changes

2017-07-09
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A study commissioned by an Austrian government minister critical of Vienna’s Muslim-run kindergartens has ignited a political fight between the minister’s party and rivals seizing on allegations that his staff rewrote parts of the study t...
Converting Spain: Muslim Converts and the Contemporary Renewal of the Moorish Mediterranean

Converting Spain: Muslim Converts and the Contemporary Renewal of the Moorish Mediterranean

2017-07-09
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The new Modern Mediterranean Societies Seminar Series opened with Dr. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar (Anthropology, University of Nevada) presenting at the first BUJS Forum of the fall semester. She led an engaging discussion on her paper “Converting S...
Netherlands partly liable for 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslim men, court rules

Netherlands partly liable for 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslim men, court rules

2017-07-06
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A Dutch court ruled on Tuesday that the government was partly liable for the deaths of about 350 Muslim men in 1995 in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, the site of Europe’s worst mass murder since World War II. The court largely upheld a l...
Google search is doing irreparable harm to Muslims

Google search is doing irreparable harm to Muslims

2017-07-06
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A Dallas imam and his organization are taking on the world’s largest search engine to stop it from spreading hate. Suleiman is president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist Unive...
"Death threats every day" for woman behind new liberal mosque

"Death threats every day" for woman behind new liberal mosque

2017-07-05
1051 Views
The opening of a new mosque this month in Berlin further strained already-tense relations between Germany and Turkey, and has caused outrage in various corners of the Muslim world -- even prompting religious authorities in Egypt to issue a decree con...
London gave shelter to radical Islam and now it's paying the price, French terrorism expert says

London gave shelter to radical Islam and now it's paying the price, French terrorism expert says

2017-07-05
1008 Views
The U.K. has mistakenly subcontracted the management of its Muslim population to community brokers, Gilles Kepel tells Haaretz, rebutting rival scholar Olivier Roy.  British law enforcement struggling to cope with a burgeoning wave of terrorism?...
UK mosques should appoint British-born imams

UK mosques should appoint British-born imams

2017-07-04
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Mosques in the UK should hire British-born imams on a living wage who are better equipped than foreign religious leaders to understand the challenges faced by British Muslims, a report has recommended. The Missing Muslims: Unlocking British Muslim P...
How Canadian media normalizes Islamophobia

How Canadian media normalizes Islamophobia

2017-07-04
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Responding earlier this year to the fatal shooting of six Muslims at a Quebec City mosque, the Canadian Council of Imams stated, “Islamophobia has killed innocent Canadians.” The media is not a unified body, but all of its parts are ...
World Shia Muslims Population

World Shia Muslims Population

2017-07-01
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According to Pew Research Institute, a comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 1.6 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion. ...
France's president challenges country's Muslims

France's president challenges country's Muslims

2017-06-23
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During a fast-breaking meal, the President Emmanuel Macron called on Muslim leaders to do their bit in the fight against preachers of hate and extremism. Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) arrive at a din...
Muslims 'absolutely' the group most victimized by global terrorism, researchers say

Muslims 'absolutely' the group most victimized by global terrorism, researchers say

2017-06-22
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This week's terrorist attack targeting people leaving a London mosque after Ramadan prayers is part of a wider phenomenon, in which Muslims are the most affected by terrorism around the world, researchers told ...
In Germany, a new ‘feminist’ Islam is hoping to make a mark

In Germany, a new ‘feminist’ Islam is hoping to make a mark

2017-06-19
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Inside the red-brick building that now houses the German capital’s newest and perhaps most unusual mosque, Seyran Ates is staging a feminist revolution of the Muslim faith. “Allahu akbar,” chanted a female voice, uttering the A...
Muslim peace march: Hundreds take to Cologne streets to protest Islamist terrorism

Muslim peace march: Hundreds take to Cologne streets to protest Islamist terrorism

2017-06-17
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Hundreds took part in a Muslim "peace march" against terrorism held in the German city of Cologne on Saturday, the DPA news agency reported. The rally under the motto of “Not With Us” brought Muslims together from across the country in a march for peace and against radical Islamist terrorism.
ISIS condemned by 300 Austrian Muslim imams who sign declaration against 'extremism, violence and terror'

ISIS condemned by 300 Austrian Muslim imams who sign declaration against 'extremism, violence and terror'

2017-06-14
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Austria's imams gather to deliver their message against extremism: 'These terrorists misuse our peaceful Islam religion to reach their political goals.'
During Ramadan, bottled water helps local Muslims bridge religious divide

During Ramadan, bottled water helps local Muslims bridge religious divide

2017-06-13
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As Muslims in Louisville and around the globe are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, some young Muslims in the city are taking this time to educate their fellow citizens about Islam. Many in the group are students or recent graduates, and on this...
Building a mosque in Italy where Islam is without official status

Building a mosque in Italy where Islam is without official status

2017-06-13
887 Views
An estimated 3.7 percent of Italy's population is Muslim but Islam is the only major faith there that does not have official status.  As a result, mosques are not eligible for state funding through a tax levy that funds other faiths.&n...
Global religious leaders join for online friendship appeal

Global religious leaders join for online friendship appeal

2017-06-13
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Global religious leaders contributed to an appeal launched Wednesday that calls on people to make friends with followers of different faiths in the hope that it will foster mutual understanding and ease tensions around the world. Leaders from Christ...
International Shia Day

International Shia Day

2017-06-12
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According to experts, Shia sects such as Zaydis, Twelvers and Ismā’īlīs account for to half of the world’s Muslim population. Most of the world’s Shia population reside in in Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebano...
Anti-Shariah rallies planned across US worry Muslim leaders

Anti-Shariah rallies planned across US worry Muslim leaders

2017-06-09
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Coordinated US rallies against Islamic law, known as Shariah, have the already rattled Muslim community on edge. The worshippers at the Eugene Islamic Center are worried about their security. A man recently appeared outside the mosque and threatened ...
Muslim 'safe space' plan sparks row in Australia

Muslim 'safe space' plan sparks row in Australia

2017-06-08
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A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow "safe spaces" for young Muslims to discuss "inflammatory" issues has sparked a row. The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) said such forums enabled young people's opinions to be "respectfully and int...
Christian group: Department of Education ‘indoctrinating’ kids into Islamic beliefs

Christian group: Department of Education ‘indoctrinating’ kids into Islamic beliefs

2017-06-08
997 Views
A Christian advocacy group is claiming the U.S. Department of Education is “indoctrinating” students into believing Islamic beliefs. The Christian Action Network sent a letter demanding DOE “cease its Islamic education program for t...
Islamophobia Studies Yearbook

Islamophobia Studies Yearbook

2017-06-06
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Call for Papers Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 The Islamophobia Studies Yearbook is a bi-lingual periodical that started as a German language journal and has now been offering articles in German and English since 2010. The journal uses double bl...
Italian bishops offer high praise for Islam

Italian bishops offer high praise for Islam

2017-06-02
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A number of Italian bishops are offering praise for Islam and defending it as a religion with a role in salvation. Pope Francis' new appointment as president for the Italian bishops' conference, Cdl. Gualtiero Bassetti, archbishop of Perugia, immedia...
New Place of Worship: Wil mosque attracts thousands of visitors

New Place of Worship: Wil mosque attracts thousands of visitors

2017-06-01
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Thousands of curious visitors made the trip to a new mosque in Wil in northeast Switzerland, which was inaugurated last weekend. The place of worship was at the center of a controversy over the construction of minarets eight years ago. The modern bui...
New Islamic institute prioritizes outreach, education

New Islamic institute prioritizes outreach, education

2017-05-31
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When the Islamic Institute of America bought a Baptist church, the plan initially was to remove the pews — until the mosque’s leader objected, in part because he saw keeping the benches as a way of showing Islam’s compatibility with...
Invitation of Sharing Videos

Invitation of Sharing Videos

2017-05-29
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Salamislam group on the occasion of Holy Month of Ramazan invited all interested parties especially those who are interested or converted to Islam on sharing videos. The group says: “Ramadan has already come and we all have something to wait...
Inter-faith Dialogue: Muslims, Jews and Women in America

Inter-faith Dialogue: Muslims, Jews and Women in America

2017-05-25
967 Views
As President Donald Trump engages in his own, idiosyncratic kind of religious and cultural diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and Israel, back in the United States efforts by faith groups to understand each other better seem to be gathering pace. Some of the ...
Manchester's Muslims fear backlash after concert attack

Manchester's Muslims fear backlash after concert attack

2017-05-24
1038 Views
In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester this week, Muslims along with the rest of the diverse British city are mourning the dead and tending to the wounded. But for Muslims in particular, the suicide bombin...
Majorities in Europe, North America worried about Islamic extremism

Majorities in Europe, North America worried about Islamic extremism

2017-05-23
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Even before this week’s terrorist bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, people across Europe and in the U.S. and Canada had pervasive concerns about the threat of extremism in their countries. Across 12 countries surveyed f...
Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world

Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world

2017-05-23
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Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. The growth and regional migration of Muslims, combined with the ongoing impact of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and other extremist groups that commit acts of violence in ...
Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

2017-05-20
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Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline: July 15, 2017 This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to the Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society (target publication: 2018).  We are particularly in...
Documentary 'Sacred' sees universality of religion through the world

Documentary 'Sacred' sees universality of religion through the world

2017-05-18
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Academy Award-winning documentarian Thomas Lennon marshaled 40 teams of filmmakers from around the world to collaborate on his latest project, the thought-provoking “Sacred,” which explores the role of religion in everyday life. Divided i...
New licenses awarded to Muslim radio stations

New licenses awarded to Muslim radio stations

2017-05-16
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Broadcast regulator Ofcom has awarded community licenses to two Muslim radio stations in London. Radio Minhaj, which will be run by the Minhaj-ul-Quran International organization, will provide a community radio service for black, Asian and ...
To ease fears, U.S. Muslim schools reach out to neighbors

To ease fears, U.S. Muslim schools reach out to neighbors

2017-05-12
1066 Views
Americans are more likely to view Muslims, who make up 1 percent of the U.S. population, as extremists if they do not know one personally, according to a February poll by the Pew Research Center. The same survey found that 60 percent of Americans who...
Islamic Mega-Mosque opens in Atheistic Sweden

Islamic Mega-Mosque opens in Atheistic Sweden

2017-05-05
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The largest mosque in Scandinavia has opened in Sweden, which is one of the least religious and most atheistic nations in the Western world, reports have said, costing the Qatari government $3.30 million to build. Qatar's Ministry of Awqaf and Islam...
Europe’s top rabbi calls for solidarity with Muslims

Europe’s top rabbi calls for solidarity with Muslims

2017-05-04
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Jews and Muslims in Europe have a common cause in resisting attacks on minority religions and defending religious freedom, Europe’s top rabbi has said. Speaking on the eve of Passover, which begins on Monday, chief rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt war...
Sweden Muslims express 'shock' over mosque fire

Sweden Muslims express 'shock' over mosque fire

2017-05-04
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Swedish authorities have started an investigation into possible arson after a fire damaged the facade and roof of a mosque on the outskirts of Stockholm overnight, according to a police statement. Nobody was injured in Monday's fire in the ...
German parliament votes in favor of partial burqa ban

German parliament votes in favor of partial burqa ban

2017-05-03
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The German parliament has supported a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary and military from wearing full-face Islamic veils. Burqas and niqabs will be prohibited in selected professions as part of the legislation, which w...
Muslim athletes are now able to wear Hijab while playing Basketball

Muslim athletes are now able to wear Hijab while playing Basketball

2017-05-03
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The International Basketball Federation has agreed to allow athletes to wear head coverings after a growing number of calls from female Muslim basketball players around the world. Muslim women basketball players have won their battle to wear hijab w...
Austrian President calls on all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight rampant Islamophobia

Austrian President calls on all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight rampant Islamophobia

2017-05-02
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The President of Austria has called for all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight “rampant Islamophobia”. Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate t...
Almost 800 CA Muslims, officials and allies participate in CAIR-CA's 6th annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

Almost 800 CA Muslims, officials and allies participate in CAIR-CA's 6th annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

2017-05-01
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On Monday, April 24, the California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hosted the 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) in Sacramento. Almost 800 participants, of which more than 700 were Muslims from across the stat...
Pew Research Center study finds escalating global restriction on religion

Pew Research Center study finds escalating global restriction on religion

2017-04-30
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The eighth annual study on global restrictions on religion, published by Pew Research Center April 10 reports an increase in countries with “high” or “very high” levels of government laws, policies and actions t...
Germany Muslim Population Percentage 2017 By City Demographics Religion German

Germany Muslim Population Percentage 2017 By City Demographics Religion German

2017-04-11
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Owing to labor migration in the 1960s and several waves of political refugees since the 1970s, Islam has become a visible religion in Germany. According to a national census conducted in 2011, 1.9% of Germany's population (around 1.5m people) de...
The Push to Ban Arabic Sermons in Europe's Mosques

The Push to Ban Arabic Sermons in Europe's Mosques

2017-04-11
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In several Western European countries, some politicians want to force imams to deliver sermons only in the official language: In Germany, imams should preach in German; in Italy, in Italian; in Britain, in English; in France, in French. To justify th...
Religious Tolerance Improved in Canada but Still Needs Work, Study Shows

Religious Tolerance Improved in Canada but Still Needs Work, Study Shows

2017-04-09
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A new poll on religious views in Canada shows that while acceptance of religious minorities has improved over the past four years, more work is still needed. The poll, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, found although some 68 percent of Can...
Pope meets British imams at the Vatican

Pope meets British imams at the Vatican

2017-04-05
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Pope Francis met four British imams at the Vatican, two weeks after the London extremist attack. The meeting was part of the Pope’s effort to encourage Muslim leaders who renounce using religion to justify violence. The audience was scheduled ...
The Changing Global Religious Landscape

The Changing Global Religious Landscape

2017-04-05
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More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But this is unlikely to be the case for much longer: Less...
Germany dismisses 'Islam law' as integration debate resurfaces

Germany dismisses 'Islam law' as integration debate resurfaces

2017-04-03
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Germany has no plans to introduce an 'Islam law' codifying the rights and obligations of Muslims, a government spokesman said on Monday, dismissing an idea floated by allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of federal elections in September. Merkel,...
Local mosques open their doors to promote understanding of faith

Local mosques open their doors to promote understanding of faith

2017-04-02
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Across Eastern Massachusetts Sunday, Muslims gathered, shoulder to shoulder, to begin afternoon prayers. But at the back of the room at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, a crowd of Christians, Jews, agnostics, and atheists had...
Muslims pray outside to protest mosque closure in Paris

Muslims pray outside to protest mosque closure in Paris

2017-03-30
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Hundreds of Muslims have taken to praying on the streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of the hall they had been using as a prayer room. Protesters gathered outside the town hall of the northern Paris suburb of Clichy on Friday. The Muslim...
German official wants 'Islam law' to shed light on funding and teachings by 'imported imams'

German official wants 'Islam law' to shed light on funding and teachings by 'imported imams'

2017-03-30
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Germany’s Deputy Finance Minister has called for the introduction of an “Islam law” which should enable more transparency in the Muslim community's affairs by setting up an official mosque registry and encouraging imams to conduct s...
French efforts to stop Muslim youths turning to extremism failing

French efforts to stop Muslim youths turning to extremism failing

2017-03-28
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France’s attempts to counter the radicalization of its young people are in turmoil, with a group home intended to turn them away from Islamic extremism empty, the head of a highly publicized nonprofit convicted of misuse of public funds, and pl...
Hundreds Shield US Oldest Mosque to Support Muslims

Hundreds Shield US Oldest Mosque to Support Muslims

2017-03-27
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Hundreds of people from different faith groups and ethnicities circled America’s oldest mosque in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, March 26, forming a human shield to show support to American Muslims against threats and hate mails sent to mosques...
Florida bill would protect religious expression in schools

Florida bill would protect religious expression in schools

2017-03-22
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Students’ right to pray in schools would be guaranteed under a bill barreling through the Florida Legislature. The bill specifies that students in public schools are permitted to engage in prayer and that school personnel are allowed to participate in student-led prayers. The bills also guarantee protection for students who wear religiously themed jewelry.
“What A Relief” Podcast 50: Islam In Spanish: Empowering An Underserved Community Part II

“What A Relief” Podcast 50: Islam In Spanish: Empowering An Underserved Community Part II

2017-03-15
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B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon  talked to Jaime Mujahid Fletcher in this episode of “What a Relief!” In this episode, B.C. & Mordant continue their talk with Jaime Mujahid Fletcher from Islam in Spanish. He shar...
Employers in EU can ban visible religious symbols like Islamic headscarves

Employers in EU can ban visible religious symbols like Islamic headscarves

2017-03-15
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Employers in European Union countries can ban employees from wearing visible symbols of religion such as Islamic headscarves and Christian crosses, a top European court ruled Tuesday. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) made the decision after two M...
Toronto Mosque opens doors to promote understanding

Toronto Mosque opens doors to promote understanding

2017-03-10
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Masjid Toronto opened its doors to the public so that Torontonians could learn about Muslims and the religion of Islam. On February 17, worshippers attending Friday prayer services at the mosque were greeted by protestors carrying banners and with lo...
Building Bridges

Building Bridges

2017-03-09
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Davidson United Methodist Church had invited American Islamic Outreach Foundation to talk to about Islam On Sunday 26th February 2017. The class was of the senior members of the congregation. Zahir Shaikh and Dorene Alama the dir...
New Yorkers rally to say 'Today I am a Muslim, too'

New Yorkers rally to say 'Today I am a Muslim, too'

2017-03-09
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New Yorkers by the thousand, representing myriad backgrounds and faiths, converged on Times Square on Sunday, heeding a music mogul's calls to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them. The demonstrators -- many of them hoisting placards ...
Vancouver Christians hike pressure against visit by Islam-denouncing evangelist

Vancouver Christians hike pressure against visit by Islam-denouncing evangelist

2017-03-04
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A growing number of Christians in Metro Vancouver want to stop controversial U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham from leading a major crusade next month in the city. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recently met with evangelical, Catholic ...
Canada moves forward with anti-Islamophobia measures

Canada moves forward with anti-Islamophobia measures

2017-03-03
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The Canadian Parliament is debating a motion urging the government to “condemn Islamophobia” and “quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear.” Motion 103, or M-103 as it is commonly called, was introduced i...
Danish man who burned Quran is prosecuted for blasphemy

Danish man who burned Quran is prosecuted for blasphemy

2017-03-02
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A 42-year-old man who burned a Quran and posted a video of it on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in Denmark, a striking decision by prosecutors in a country that is largely secular but has grappled with the role of Islam in public life....
Christian schools planned in Muslim areas of UK

Christian schools planned in Muslim areas of UK

2017-03-01
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Some cities set up Christian and other free schools in Muslim-dominated areas, a media report said today. The so-called "integrated" schools could be run by organizations such as the Church of England and enroll pupils from Christian, Muslim and...
Australian school allows male Muslim pupils to refuse handshakes with women

Australian school allows male Muslim pupils to refuse handshakes with women

2017-02-23
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An Australian school has adopted a policy allowing male Muslim students to refuse to shake hands with women. Two principals at the Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College, in Sydney, told guests at its 2016 presentation day that some stu...
Canada gov’t bid for ‘anti-Islamophobia’ motion stalls

Canada gov’t bid for ‘anti-Islamophobia’ motion stalls

2017-02-22
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An anti-Islamophobia motion proposed by the Canadian government stalled Thursday in Parliament and now awaits a new proposal next week from the opposition Conservative party. The motion, M-103, was tabled in Parliament by MP Iqra Khalid, a Muslim. It...
Americans Rate Religious Groups, and Most Gain, Including Muslims

Americans Rate Religious Groups, and Most Gain, Including Muslims

2017-02-20
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After an election year that stirred up animosity across racial and religious lines, a new survey has found that Americans are actually feeling warmer toward people in nearly every religious group — including Muslims — than ...
World's Muslim population more widespread than you might think

World's Muslim population more widespread than you might think

2017-02-16
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President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily freezing immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries would affect only about 12% of the world’s Muslims, according to estimates from a 2015 Pew Research...
Berlin court rules in favor of hijab-wearing teacher

Berlin court rules in favor of hijab-wearing teacher

2017-02-15
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Berlin's Labor Court has ruled that the city violated a teacher's rights by denying her a job. The woman had been told that she could not wear her headscarf while working because of an ideological neutrality law. Berlin may not deny candidates for te...
Two years after slayings, these Muslims show hate cannot overpower love

Two years after slayings, these Muslims show hate cannot overpower love

2017-02-13
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More than 100 people attended the opening of the Light House, a new community center and incubator for faith-based social entrepreneurship in Raleigh, N.C. The Light House is dedicated in memory of the three Muslims killed in Chapel Hill, N.C., ...
Muslim leaders ask for national day of remembrance to mark mosque shooting

Muslim leaders ask for national day of remembrance to mark mosque shooting

2017-02-13
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Muslim leaders want governments to create plan to combat systemic racism, Islamophobia. Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, called on lawmakers to address the problem of Islamophobia. A coalition of Cana...
NFL players' union expresses support for Muslim players in wake of Trump's travel ban

NFL players' union expresses support for Muslim players in wake of Trump's travel ban

2017-02-09
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The NFL Players Association expressed its support Thursday for Muslim players in the league amid the controversy generated by President Trump’s immigration order. NFLPA officials said the union reached out to the families of Muslim players in t...
Bern calls for new office to debate questions of religion

Bern calls for new office to debate questions of religion

2017-02-08
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Is a burqa ban against the Swiss constitution? How do you deal with a Muslim schoolboy who refuses to shake his female teacher’s hand? Do burkinis contravene swimming pool hygiene rules? As such questions are becoming more prevalent in Switzerl...
The Annual Believe and Do Good (BADG) Campaign

The Annual Believe and Do Good (BADG) Campaign

2017-02-07
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The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) in co-ordination with The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) would like to announce the annual Believe and Do Good (BADG) campaign. A competition of compassion running throughout the month of ...
Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting

Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting

2017-02-06
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Gunman shot dead six worshippers at Quebec mosque last week. Non-Muslims act as ‘human shields’ in Toronto, Edmonton and St John’s. Hundreds across Canada gathered around mosques to form protective barriers – described by orga...
The First Chair of Shia Studies in North America

The First Chair of Shia Studies in North America

2017-02-06
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President Heidi Hadsell is pleased to announce that Dr. Seyfeddin Kara will occupy the Imam Ali Chair in Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools. The chair is the first dedicated to Shi’i Studies in North America. It provid...
Grand Mosque of Paris pulls out of France-sponsored Muslim foundation

Grand Mosque of Paris pulls out of France-sponsored Muslim foundation

2017-02-04
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The powerful Grand Mosque of Paris will pull out of a new, state-sponsored Muslim foundation, criticizing “interference” in how Islam is exercised, at a time of simmering tensions surrounding France’s second-largest faith, its spoke...
Ohio mosque is first to join sanctuary movement

Ohio mosque is first to join sanctuary movement

2017-02-03
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A Cincinnati area mosque announced it would join the burgeoning church sanctuary movement in the U.S., possibly becoming the first Islamic house of worship to do so. The announcement came on the eve of the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, w...
Why Koran readings in Anglican churches preoccupy the mighty

Why Koran readings in Anglican churches preoccupy the mighty

2017-02-02
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Is it appropriate to read from the Koran during worship in a Christian church? This month, people close to America’s new head of state, and spiritual advisers to Britain’s long-standing one, have been forced to consider that question. It ...
Press publishing 'consistent stream' of inaccurate stories about Muslims

Press publishing 'consistent stream' of inaccurate stories about Muslims

2017-02-01
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UK media organizations have made string of corrections and retractions as result of one man’s campaign for fair coverage. British media organizations have been forced to make a string of corrections and retractions over recent months relating t...
Italian archbishop: "In 10 years we will all be Muslims"

Italian archbishop: "In 10 years we will all be Muslims"

2017-01-25
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Christianity is “in full decline” and Islam will soon become the main religion in Europe, an Italian archbishop warned. “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity,” Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emerit...
In Switzerland, Muslim parents can't prevent their daughters from swimming with boys

In Switzerland, Muslim parents can't prevent their daughters from swimming with boys

2017-01-23
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In 2008, a couple living in Basel, Switzerland, forbid their young daughters from attending school swim class. The Muslim parents didn't want their kids, 7 and 9, in the pool with boys. So the city ordered them to pay a fine of 1,400 Swiss ...
Italy to train Muslim imams on constitution to 'create climate of tolerance' and fight radicalization

Italy to train Muslim imams on constitution to 'create climate of tolerance' and fight radicalization

2017-01-21
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Interior ministry funding courses for preachers from Islam and other 'unofficial' religions. Muslim imams in Italy are being enrolled on courses aiming to “create a climate of tolerance” and fight radicalization by learning abou...
Amid unrest toward Muslims, 'Day of solidarity' created in show of unity

Amid unrest toward Muslims, 'Day of solidarity' created in show of unity

2017-01-16
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About 25 people gathered at the Muslim American Society Katy Center on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 to show support for local Muslims in an event the group named "A Day of Solidarity." The group organized the event in response to the rise in hate crimes agai...
Catholic organizations praise end of Muslim registry

Catholic organizations praise end of Muslim registry

2017-01-11
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A man near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July holds a pack of chewing gum called “Islamophobin.” The packaging attempts to bring attention to the issue of anti-Muslim attitudes in the United States. (CNS photo/Justin ...
Parents outraged as school children taught Muslim prayer

Parents outraged as school children taught Muslim prayer

2017-01-08
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After a video emerged showing children learning how to pray in a mosque, angry parents are demanding a primary school in Holland to change its curriculum. The mosque in question, called the Ghulzar e Madina, is located in the Dutch city of Zwolle and...
In France, a Jewish historian is tried for "anti-Muslim remarks"

In France, a Jewish historian is tried for "anti-Muslim remarks"

2017-01-08
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Paris has tried almost all of them, the nonconformist critics of Islam: Oriana Fallaci, Michel Houellebecq, Charlie Hebdo, Ivan Rioufol, Éric Zemmour and now a great Jewish historian of the Arab world. Georges Bensoussan, 64, will ap...
Desire of the Aspirant

Desire of the Aspirant

2017-01-04
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ICAS Press are pleased to announce the latest publication ‘Desire of the Aspirant: On the Etiquette of the Teacher and the Student’ is now available for sale. The classical Islamic scholarly tradition is characterized by an emp...
Muslims in a Bible Belt town hold their breath

Muslims in a Bible Belt town hold their breath

2017-01-03
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It was here, in this midsize college town in the dead center of Tennessee, that a right-wing effort to ban Islamic law found one of its first sponsors. Here, too, a congressman co-sponsored a plan to “defund Muslim ‘refugees’ &rdquo...
Launch meeting Leiden Islam Academy: gathering knowledge and meeting people

Launch meeting Leiden Islam Academy: gathering knowledge and meeting people

2017-01-02
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The launch meeting of the Leiden Islam Academy on 7 December in the Academy Building drew just the right audience: a diverse group of people who were all in some way engaged with Islam. This was just what the directors of the Academy, Maurits Berger ...
Study shows the U.S. attracts an elite Muslim and Hindu population

Study shows the U.S. attracts an elite Muslim and Hindu population

2016-12-27
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Hindus and Muslims who have migrated to the United States in recent years are especially well-educated, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. On average, Hindus in the U.S. have nearly 16 years of schooling, significantly more than ...
Muslims "Unlike" Us: British Muslim reviews BBC show

Muslims "Unlike" Us: British Muslim reviews BBC show

2016-12-25
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Like some hyped up reality TV contestant, Muslims are in-your-face 24/7, whether you like us or not. Admittedly, we most often appear on UK screens via news bulletins; dying in conflict, being attacked by far-right extremists or shoved into a police ...
Feds suing Michigan community after mosque plan denial

Feds suing Michigan community after mosque plan denial

2016-12-24
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A suburb north of Detroit faces a federal lawsuit after a religious organization's proposal for a 20,500-square-foot mosque in a residential neighborhood was denied in 2015, with prosecutors saying it was discrimination. The U.S. Attorney's office fi...
UK Muslim women respond to hate with roses

UK Muslim women respond to hate with roses

2016-12-22
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A group of British Muslim women distributed roses to the public on Wednesday, December 14, in the first Muslim response to Monday’s stabbings at a train station by an attacked who shouted death to Muslims. “Making forest hill and the wor...
The 6th Executive Council Meeting of the World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Ashari Muslim Communities

The 6th Executive Council Meeting of the World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Ashari Muslim Communities

2016-12-21
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The 6th Executive Council Meeting of the term took place on Friday and Saturday, 2-3 December 2016 in Saint-Denis, Reunion. It was hosted by the Union des Associations Khodjas Shia Isna Ashri de la Reunion (UAKSIR). The first...
Where is the world's most 'godless' city?

Where is the world's most 'godless' city?

2016-12-16
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Norwich has the highest proportion of residents describing themselves as having no religion, while Berlin has been called the ‘atheist capital of Europe’. But what about the rest of the world? And is such an assessment meaningful? Discove...
MPs stand against Islamophobia

MPs stand against Islamophobia

2016-12-14
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MP Iqra Khalid and MP Frank Baylis hosted a reception yesterday at the Sir John A McDonald Building to celebrate the contributions of Canadian Muslims and to stand against discrimination in all its forms. The event was attended by Members f...
Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons

Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons

2016-12-13
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Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday, December 7, that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school…Germany is in the grip of a heated public debate about the role of Islam in society as it seeks to ...
Charting Americans' religious beliefs and practices

Charting Americans' religious beliefs and practices

2016-12-12
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About 218 million of the United States’ roughly 245 million adults say they believe in God. Such deeply personal views might seem abstract or distant when expressed as large numbers, but this is not the only way to look at religious belief in t...
Amazon Bows Down To Islam - Muslims Force Withdrawal of 'Allah' Doormats

Amazon Bows Down To Islam - Muslims Force Withdrawal of 'Allah' Doormats

2016-12-10
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Amazon has apologized after selling doormats with Allah's name on them. Outraged Muslims said they were offended by the product which allowed people to wipe their feet on Allah's name. The retail giant has now axed the doormat and dog mat products an...
Austria's foreign minister call for an immediate ban on Koran distribution

Austria's foreign minister call for an immediate ban on Koran distribution

2016-12-08
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Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz has called for an immediate ban on Islamic fundamentalists who distribute copies of the Koran, saying that the law needs to be changed to crack down on “Salafist campaigns – an expression of...
ITALY: Neighbors outraged over secret mosque hidden in basement storeroom of apartment building

ITALY: Neighbors outraged over secret mosque hidden in basement storeroom of apartment building

2016-12-07
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Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome’s Grand Mosque. Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women’s rights by Muslim imm...
Slovakia toughens church registration rules to bar Islam

Slovakia toughens church registration rules to bar Islam

2016-12-06
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Slovakia passed legislation on Wednesday to effectively block Islam from gaining official status as a religion in the near future in the latest sign of growing anti-Muslim sentiment across the European Union. The former communist state has fiercely r...
Muslims Demand Right to Preach in Public Schools: Canada

Muslims Demand Right to Preach in Public Schools: Canada

2016-12-05
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Student Islamists are mounting a coordinated campaign to expand Muslim religious services in the high schools of Canada’s sixth largest city. So far, authorities are proving sympathetic, suspending a new policy meant to regulate student sermons...
Meeting in LA: Threatening Letters Sent to Mosques

Meeting in LA: Threatening Letters Sent to Mosques

2016-12-03
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On Monday, November 28th, 2016 Muslims leaders across Southern California met with LAPD and the FBI at the Islamic Center of Southern California to discuss the recent threatening letters that were sent to various mosques across California. Dr. Sayed ...
NYC mayor: We’ll sue if Trump makes Muslim registry

NYC mayor: We’ll sue if Trump makes Muslim registry

2016-12-02
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“We will sue to block it,” the New York Mayor said at New York City’s Cooper Union Monday, according to the New York Daily News. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to stand up for our people,” added de Blasi...
Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor

Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor

2016-12-01
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A Toronto television journalist is believed to be Canada’s first anchor to don a Muslim head scarf at one of the city’s major news broadcasters. Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for CityNews’ 11pmbroadcast last ...
26 mosques and centers in Luton (Bedfordshire, England), sign statement opposing Prevent

26 mosques and centers in Luton (Bedfordshire, England), sign statement opposing Prevent

2016-11-24
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Twenty six mosques and community centers in Luton (Bedfordshire, England) have written to the local council to express their opposition to the controversial Prevent counter-terrorism strategy. In the letter, Luton Council of Mosques and the Sunni Cou...
Students protect Muslims as they pray in Michigan

Students protect Muslims as they pray in Michigan

2016-11-22
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A public Isha prayer held by the Muslim student association in the University of Michigan has turned into a show of support and unity, after hundreds of non-Muslim students made a big circle of protection around praying students. “Some individ...
FBI: Hate crimes spike, most sharply against Muslims

FBI: Hate crimes spike, most sharply against Muslims

2016-11-21
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The latest FBI annual hate crime report shows a sharp spike in the number of hate crimes nationwide, with attacks against Muslims increasing the most sharply. In one year, anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States rose 67%, from 154 inc...
Jewish-Muslim alliance formed against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

Jewish-Muslim alliance formed against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

2016-11-20
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The day after President-elect Donald Trump appointed a man accused of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as his chief strategist, two of the nation’s largest Jewish and Muslim advocacy groups formed an unprecedented partnership to fight b...
Final Statement of the 7th Shura Council of Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe

Final Statement of the 7th Shura Council of Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe

2016-11-20
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With the grace of Allah, the Almighty, the Shura Council in its 10th term of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) held its 7th assembly on 29th – 31st October, 2016 CE \ 26th – 29th&n...
The Most and Least Educated U.S. Religious Groups

The Most and Least Educated U.S. Religious Groups

2016-11-18
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Attainment of a four-year college degree in the United States, often regarded as a key asset for economic success, varies by race and gender. But the share of people completing a college education also differs by religion, with members of s...
Journey through an Islamic Germany: A book seeks to give diverse Muslims a voice

Journey through an Islamic Germany: A book seeks to give diverse Muslims a voice

2016-11-17
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Karen Krüger, journalist at culture desk of the conservative weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, has released a new book in which she embarks on a journey through what she terms an ‘Islamic Germany’, portraying divers...
France has closed twenty mosques since December

France has closed twenty mosques since December

2016-11-15
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French authorities have started shutting down some mosques and prayer halls they found to be preaching radical Islamic ideology since December 2015, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Of the country’s 2,500 mosques and prayer hall...
FBI questioned American Muslims in 8 states over weekend about possible pre-election terrorism, says civil rights group

FBI questioned American Muslims in 8 states over weekend about possible pre-election terrorism, says civil rights group

2016-11-08
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A civil rights organization for American Muslims says the FBI questioned Muslims in at least eight states over the weekend seeking information about a possible threat from al-Qaeda to carry out pre-election terrorist attacks. The individua...
Prince Charles warns of cultural destruction on UAE visit of the oldest fragment of the Koran

Prince Charles warns of cultural destruction on UAE visit of the oldest fragment of the Koran

2016-11-07
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The Prince of Wales, on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, has warned of the deliberate destruction of "mankind's cultural heritage". Prince Charles was presenting a digital replica of what could be oldest fragment of the Koran, discovered las...
With construction of a new mosque, Greek Muslims look to come out of the shadows

With construction of a new mosque, Greek Muslims look to come out of the shadows

2016-11-06
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Shah Malik ducks to enter a space that, from the street, looks like any other storefront in the central Omonia district. The neighborhood — with blocks of shops offering imported spices, halal meat or the milky tea popular in South Asia &m...
Success Stories for Female Muslim Entrepreneurs

Success Stories for Female Muslim Entrepreneurs

2016-11-03
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Defying stereotypes, a growing number of Muslim women are launching their own businesses in the UK and across the world, cashing in on the rapidly growing market for Muslim-focused consumer goods. According to a report by Thomson Reuters, Muslim con...
Danish Female-Only Mosque: Is It Necessary?

Danish Female-Only Mosque: Is It Necessary?

2016-11-02
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Months after opening Scandinavia’s first female-led mosque in Copenhagen, many questions still surround the worshiping house, with some praising it as a pioneer movement and others criticizing it as unnecessary. “It was fantastic and very...
‘Living here doesn't make you one of us’ Danish Queen tells Muslims to adopt West's value

‘Living here doesn't make you one of us’ Danish Queen tells Muslims to adopt West's value

2016-11-02
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The Queen of Denmark has urged Muslims arriving in Europe to adopt Western values in an extraordinary intervention in the migration debate. Queen Margarethe II said it was “not a law of nature” that asylum seekers automatically integrated...
Muslim Council of Britain to set up alternative counter-terror scheme

Muslim Council of Britain to set up alternative counter-terror scheme

2016-11-01
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The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has said that from next year it will offer an alternative to the highly controversial Prevent counter-extremism program.
In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative

2016-10-31
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Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. Over two months, a dozen Syrians in six places of worship in three cities told Reuters they were uncomfortable with very conservative messages in Arab...
The Art of the Qur’an – landmark exhibit shows holy book as text and work of art

The Art of the Qur’an – landmark exhibit shows holy book as text and work of art

2016-10-26
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First major exhibit on the Qur’an in the US, at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery in Washington, displays manuscripts over a period of almost a millennium. The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Ar...
More in the militia movement are finding a new target: American Muslims

More in the militia movement are finding a new target: American Muslims

2016-10-24
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The revelation of an alleged domestic terrorism plot to kill Somali immigrants in southwest Kansas serves as a glaring illustration of what experts say is a growing concern. Across the country, they say, anti-government extremists are shift...
Muslims protest in front of Colosseum over mosque closures

Muslims protest in front of Colosseum over mosque closures

2016-10-23
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Hundreds of Muslims have staged a mass prayer outside the Rome's Colosseum in protest against the closure of mosques in Italy. An estimated 1.6 million Muslims live in Italy, meaning it has the fourth largest Muslim population in Europe. Yet there are only eight official mosques in the country.
Feds drop Muslim outreach program whose counseling teams were said to have sown mistrust

Feds drop Muslim outreach program whose counseling teams were said to have sown mistrust

2016-10-21
1365 Views
An FBI-led program to establish “shared responsibility committees” to intervene at an early stage to prevent or counteract radicalization was canceled. The committees would have included mental health workers, clergy and counselors in local communities.
US counter-terrorism program aimed at Muslim children

US counter-terrorism program aimed at Muslim children

2016-10-19
1348 Views
An FBI strategy to counter terrorism - based on the UK Prevent program - is aimed directly at Muslim children in the United States. The FBI's strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools aims to recruit teachers and school official...
France has 'problem with Islam' and there is 'too much unwanted immigration', says Hollande in explosive book

France has 'problem with Islam' and there is 'too much unwanted immigration', says Hollande in explosive book

2016-10-16
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France has a "problem with Islam" and there is "too much" unwanted immigration, François Hollande has acknowledged in an explosive new book in which the Socialist president controversially claims that "the veiled woman of today" will...
EU orders British press not to reveal when terrorists are Muslims

EU orders British press not to reveal when terrorists are Muslims

2016-10-15
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The ECRI suggested the British press should not report when terrorists are Muslims. A report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to Marc...
BBC Radio Documentary: Imams in the Vatican

BBC Radio Documentary: Imams in the Vatican

2016-10-12
2012 Views
BBC World Service commissioned a documentary to follow the Cambridge Muslim College 2015-16 Diploma students to Rome and the Vatican. Some of the brightest and best students of Islam in Britain round off their education at the Cambridge Muslim Colleg...
U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016

U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016

2016-10-10
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A recent study by Pew found that a record near-half of all refugees that entered the United States in FY2016 were Muslim, marking the highest number of Muslim refugees recorded since religious self-reporting data became available 14 years ago.
Faith-based organizations can help solve problems of forced migration, say experts at UN

Faith-based organizations can help solve problems of forced migration, say experts at UN

2016-10-09
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Faith-based organizations and religious leaders must be included in efforts to address the challenges of human trafficking and forced migration, representatives of the United Nations, international organizations, Member States and civil society have ...
Extremism, dialogue and peace are focus of Christian-Muslim joint communiqué

Extremism, dialogue and peace are focus of Christian-Muslim joint communiqué

2016-10-06
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Interreligious dialogue and cooperation provided the basis of talks on 30 September and 1 October 2016 addressing the theme “Towards an Integrated World,” a series of high-level discussions among the Muslim Council of Elders led by the Gr...
Grand Imam calls for collaboration against violence and poverty

Grand Imam calls for collaboration against violence and poverty

2016-10-06
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The chief cleric of Cairo’s prestigious mosque and university, H.E. Professor Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar al Sharif, has decried the present-day “civilizational crisis” of poverty and insecurity and called fo...
Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign

Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign

2016-10-05
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During Muharram and Safar the #HussainSavesLives campaign is encouraging Shias to give blood in the name of Imam Hussain (as).  The story and sacrifice of Imam Hussain (as) and the message he taught is one we should continue to spread, not ...
Assisi: Praying Together for Peace

Assisi: Praying Together for Peace

2016-10-04
1508 Views
The 30th interfaith meeting has been held in the Italian town of Assisi. Hundreds of religious leaders and scholars attended the event. They discussed various issues including inter-religious dialogue and the refugee crisis.
Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions issued at global conference

Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions issued at global conference

2016-10-03
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Leading religious scholars representing the major world religions have issued a declaration saying it is imperative that religions be a “positive resource for human rights”. The Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions w...
New Jersey's Large Muslim Community

New Jersey's Large Muslim Community

2016-10-03
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At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, people of other faiths in the surrounding community were...
Only 14 Percent of US Catholics Have a Favorable Opinion of Muslims

Only 14 Percent of US Catholics Have a Favorable Opinion of Muslims

2016-10-01
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Catholics in America seem to have an unfavorable opinion about Muslims, according to new research findings. A study conducted by the Bridge Initiative showed that only 14% of American Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims and over 50% of Catholic media tends to connect Islam to terrorism. 
Islamic Schools Produce Best Students in Denmark

Islamic Schools Produce Best Students in Denmark

2016-09-30
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Students in Islamic private schools in Denmark are achieving better results than their counterparts in public schools, an analysis has revealed, breaking stereotypes about Muslims’ integration. “Many have the idea that independent Muslim...
School of Historical Studies Receives Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York for the Shii Studies Research Program

School of Historical Studies Receives Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York for the Shii Studies Research Program

2016-09-29
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The School of Historical Studies has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to explore and elevate the understanding of Shii studies. The grant will support two research positions in the School of Histor...
4th “Ghadir Conference” in Germany

4th “Ghadir Conference” in Germany

2016-09-26
1952 Views
The fourth international “Ghadir Conference” was held in Gelsenkirchen by Islamic center of Imam Ali (AS) in collaboration with the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly. Ayatollah Reza Ramezani, the head of Islamic Center of Hamburg, and Hujjat...
BBC Radio 4 Program on Shi’i-Sunni Split

BBC Radio 4 Program on Shi’i-Sunni Split

2016-09-25
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Producer of the program is Neil McCarthy. In the first of two programs explaining the Sunni-Shia divide past and present, Tarek Osman tells the epic story of how Islam split after the death of the Prophet Mohammed. Many of the conflicts raging in th...
Hate Crimes against American Muslims Most Since Post-9/11 Era

Hate Crimes against American Muslims Most Since Post-9/11 Era

2016-09-23
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Hate crimes against American Muslims have soared to their highest levels since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to data compiled by researchers, an increase apparently fueled by terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad ...
What French Muslims think about France’s secular laws

What French Muslims think about France’s secular laws

2016-09-22
1527 Views
A survey carried out by the French Institute of Public Opinion shows that one quarter of respondents adhere to a strict practice of Islam. In particular, they exalt Sharia Law above the cultural values of the French Republic. Nevertheless, the survey shows that the majority of French Muslims are adherent to French culture, history and ethics.
Quran Stands by American Islamic Outreach Foundation

Quran Stands by American Islamic Outreach Foundation

2016-09-13
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American Islamic Outreach Foundation are pleased to announce that the Quran stand Project is going full force. They have 26 Qurans Stands in and around Charlotte. Each stand is equipped with free information about Islam. Free Qurans in both Engl...
U.S. Muslim reflects on 9/11 and his lonely fight against extremism

U.S. Muslim reflects on 9/11 and his lonely fight against extremism

2016-09-12
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Following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino in 2015, Dr. Rushdi Abdul Cader cancelled his family's vacation to focus on his grassroots educational program called Anti-V.I.R.U.S.(Anti-Violent Ideology Recruitment in the U.S.) to help comba...
U.S. to track religious discrimination in schools as anti-Muslim sentiment grows

U.S. to track religious discrimination in schools as anti-Muslim sentiment grows

2016-09-11
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The U.S. Education Department announced it will begin collecting data this year about allegations of discrimination or bullying of students based on their religion, bringing new attention to what educators and advocates call a growing problem in publ...
Muslim Gathering Laments a ‘Normalization of Bigotry’

Muslim Gathering Laments a ‘Normalization of Bigotry’

2016-09-10
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An imam of a mosque in New York City and his associate shot dead while strolling following afternoon prayers. A presidential candidate calling for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States. Muslim women harassed and phy...
Founder of Denmark’s first mosque for women: ‘I will not listen to naysayers’

Founder of Denmark’s first mosque for women: ‘I will not listen to naysayers’

2016-09-07
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A little mosque in the Danish capital of Copenhagen joined a quiet revolution last week by hosting its first Friday prayer led by a woman. Traditionally, Friday prayers are limited to and led by men, and women are encouraged to pray at home. Some mos...
French Minister: Enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

French Minister: Enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

2016-09-06
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France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith. Bernard Cazeneuve also said it w...
U.S. Muslims relieved Eid holiday to fall day after September 11 anniversary

U.S. Muslims relieved Eid holiday to fall day after September 11 anniversary

2016-09-05
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Muslims in the U.S. were worried that this year Eid al-Adha might fall on the 15th anniversary of the Twin Towers attack, i.e. Sept. 11. However, they are now relieved, as Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on Sept. 12.
Newton County to Lift Moratorium on Mosque, Cemetery

Newton County to Lift Moratorium on Mosque, Cemetery

2016-09-04
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The Newton County commissioners said Wednesday they plan to lift a moratorium that has prevented a controversial mosque and Muslim cemetery from being built in the area. In a joint statement with the Council on American-Islamic Relatio...
Shi'a Muslims and the World Council of Churches

Shi'a Muslims and the World Council of Churches

2016-09-03
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The director of the Islam Center of England, Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali, explains the background to Shi‘a Muslim relations with the World Council of Churches following his recent trip to Geneva.
Choosing a New Church or House of Worship

Choosing a New Church or House of Worship

2016-09-01
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Americans look for good sermons, warm welcome About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly because they have moved. And when they search for a new house of worship, a new Pew Rese...
The short film Hijabi World: What American Women Who Wear Hijab Want You to Know

The short film Hijabi World: What American Women Who Wear Hijab Want You to Know

2016-08-31
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In the short film Hijabi World, Rutgers University students—specifically, Muslim women who observe hijab—talk about the day-to-day challenges of wearing a headscarf. “Sometimes you itch in your own skin,” says one woman n...
The six countries in the world with the most 'convinced atheists'

The six countries in the world with the most 'convinced atheists'

2016-08-30
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Governments have imposed their own rules against religion throughout history. Religion around the world is on the decline. For the first time ever, Norway now has more people who do not believe in God than do - with 39 per cent of a...
Canada's Mounties allow women officers to wear hijab

Canada's Mounties allow women officers to wear hijab

2016-08-29
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Hoping to boost recruiting of Muslim women, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is allowing its officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms, the government said Tuesday. "The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently approved thi...
Campaign seeks to block mosque construction near Pisa's tower

Campaign seeks to block mosque construction near Pisa's tower

2016-08-28
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A campaign to block construction of a new mosque near the Leaning Tower of Pisa imperils Italy’s commitment to religious freedom, warn those who defend Muslims’ right to build it. The proposed mosque, a few hundred yards fr...
NYC Muslims grapple with surveillance after imam's killing

NYC Muslims grapple with surveillance after imam's killing

2016-08-27
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At an emotional funeral service for a New York City imam and his assistant who were gunned down on a Queens street, one friend of the victims took the microphone and demanded that the city install security cameras outside mosques citywide to help pro...
Civil rights groups defend mosque, cemetery outside Atlanta

Civil rights groups defend mosque, cemetery outside Atlanta

2016-08-27
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A proposal to build a mosque and Muslim cemetery has so angered some residents of Newton County outside Atlanta that their commissioners have temporarily banned all building permit approvals for religious institutions. The moratorium prompted the Cou...
Trump Proposes Ideological Test for Muslim Immigrants and Visitors to the U.S.

Trump Proposes Ideological Test for Muslim Immigrants and Visitors to the U.S.

2016-08-23
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Donald Trump called Monday for a Cold War-style mobilization against “radical Islamic terror,” repeating and repackaging calls for strict immigration controls — including a new ideological litmus test for Muslim visitors and migrant...
Britain is unusually irreligious, and becoming more so. That calls for a national debate

Britain is unusually irreligious, and becoming more so. That calls for a national debate

2016-08-23
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The final parish meeting of the Holy Trinity Church, in the center of Bath, took place on a rainy day in February 2011. Anglo-Catholic congregations had worshipped here, under the hammer-beam roof and monuments to heroes of Napoleonic wars, for nigh ...
Fearing Extremism and Lack of Integration: European Governments Concerns

Fearing Extremism and Lack of Integration: European Governments Concerns

2016-08-22
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Islamic Education in Europe Faith of Our Fathers For a snapshot of how Europeans, Muslim and non-Muslim, learn about Islam, visit the Centrum mosque near Hamburg railway station. A converted public bath, it is one of about 60 prayer spaces serving ...
Merkel says refugees didn't bring Islamist terrorism to Germany

Merkel says refugees didn't bring Islamist terrorism to Germany

2016-08-21
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday refugees had not brought terrorism to Germany, adding that Islam belonged in the country as long as it was practiced in a way that respected the constitution. More than a million people fleeing war and pover...
Canada's top Imam: “Islam has actually become a kind of solution for humanity”

Canada's top Imam: “Islam has actually become a kind of solution for humanity”

2016-08-20
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Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi (Mohammad Iqbal Masood Al-Nadvi) is the Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams and also serves as the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada. His previous positions include the following: Dir...
Brazilian Muslims Introduce Islam in Rio Olympics

Brazilian Muslims Introduce Islam in Rio Olympics

2016-08-20
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Welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world, Muslim dawah teams took to the Brazilian streets in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to spread the true message of Islam. Jamila da Lima is one of those volunteers who found Islam a few y...
Deradicalization programs in Germany are failing

Deradicalization programs in Germany are failing

2016-08-19
1418 Views
Figures released in July by Destatis, the government's statistics agency, showed that more than 2.1 million people migrated to Germany in 2015. More than 33,000 migrants who are supposed to be deported are still in Germany and are being cared for by...
German Judges Call for Headscarf Ban in Court to Show 'Neutrality'

German Judges Call for Headscarf Ban in Court to Show 'Neutrality'

2016-08-19
1499 Views
Two German associations of judges have called for a headscarf ban on judges and lawyers, arguing that the measure is required to ensure neutrality in court.
Muslim women most disadvantaged, say MPs

Muslim women most disadvantaged, say MPs

2016-08-17
1525 Views
Parliamentary report says Muslim women face more discrimination and unemployment than any other cultural or ethnic group.
French Muslims to Create Foundation to Finance Mosques

French Muslims to Create Foundation to Finance Mosques

2016-08-16
1544 Views
A leading French Muslim organization is to create a foundation to finance the country’s mosques, possibly through levies on halal food, in a bid to curb religious funding by radical Islamists.
Hollywood Star Counters Islamophobia

Hollywood Star Counters Islamophobia

2016-08-16
1498 Views
Will Smith was in the Middle East on Sunday promoting the movie "Suicide Squad", but the Hollywood star said his time in Dubai is also a chance to counter an increasingly anti-Muslim climate surrounding the U.S. presidential race.
Pressure to Allow Hijab in Basketball Mounts as Decision Looms

Pressure to Allow Hijab in Basketball Mounts as Decision Looms

2016-08-15
1426 Views
No hijab-wearing players are present on the basketball courts at the Rio Olympics, for instance ― and it’s not for lack of qualified players. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has long prohibited athletes from wearing “equipment that may cause injury to other players.” For some reason, FIBA deems hijabs to fall into that category, but a growing body of athletes and advocacy organizations are working to change that.
Ryan challenger seeks debate on deporting all Muslims

Ryan challenger seeks debate on deporting all Muslims

2016-08-11
1394 Views
The Republican challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week that the US should debate deporting all Muslims from the country. "I'm suggesting we have a discussion about it. That's for sure," Paul Nehlen said on 560 AM's "Morning Answer" i...
Athens's First Mosque in 150 Years

Athens's First Mosque in 150 Years

2016-08-11
1542 Views
Muslims in the Greek capital have had to worship in makeshift facilities since the end of Ottoman rule. There hasn’t been a mosque in the Greek capital in 150 years. That’s about to change.  On Thursday, the Greek parliament approve...
Pope says it's wrong to identify Islam with violence

Pope says it's wrong to identify Islam with violence

2016-08-10
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Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. "I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence," he told reporters aboar...
Muslim Group’s Gathering Message to ISIS

Muslim Group’s Gathering Message to ISIS

2016-08-09
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Muslims in France and Italy flocked to Mass on Sunday, a gesture of interfaith solidarity following a drumbeat of jihadi attacks that threatens to deepen religious divisions across Europe. From the towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, only a few mile...
In A Turbulent Election Year, Mosques Organize En Masse Voting

In A Turbulent Election Year, Mosques Organize En Masse Voting

2016-08-08
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In an election year filled with anti-Muslim vitriol, some mosques are urging their worshipers to vote in an attempt to make their voices heard. To do so, they're borrowing a strategy used by African-American churches and organizing "souls to the poll...
California Recognizes August as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

California Recognizes August as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

2016-08-06
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The California State Assembly voted to pass a resolution that officially recognizes August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. The resolution comes at a time of increased anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to a recent civil rights repo...
Danish Nationalists Seek 'Close to Zero' Muslim Migrants

Danish Nationalists Seek 'Close to Zero' Muslim Migrants

2016-08-03
1850 Views
Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries to stem the threat of violence from extremists, the nation's second-largest party argued Thursday. Soer...
Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions

Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions

2016-08-02
1996 Views
Date: July 19–September 26 (weekdays only) Venue: Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, US Since 1892, more than sixty exhibitions related to Islamic art have...
In Germany, Anti-Muslim Extremists May Pose as Big a Threat as Islamist Militants

In Germany, Anti-Muslim Extremists May Pose as Big a Threat as Islamist Militants

2016-08-01
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When an 18-year old German Iranian killed nine people and then shot himself on Friday in Munich, speculation that it was an Islamist attack circulated for hours. But doubts arose when a video was uploaded in which t...
Muslims and Islam: Key Findings in the U.S. and around the World

Muslims and Islam: Key Findings in the U.S. and around the World

2016-07-31
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Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century and the number of Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the world's population from now until 2050.
Campaign Aims to Register a Million U.S. Muslims Voters in Anti-Trump Move

Campaign Aims to Register a Million U.S. Muslims Voters in Anti-Trump Move

2016-07-27
1474 Views
Muslim leaders in the United States have begun to register a million voters to help combat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Muslims.
The Rise of Muslim-Friendly Workplaces in Corporate America

The Rise of Muslim-Friendly Workplaces in Corporate America

2016-07-27
1555 Views
More U.S. employers are taking steps to make Muslims feel accepted and safe at work, as their faith comes under scrutiny with the rise in terror attacks and calls by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for a ban on Muslim immigrants.
Quran Stands

Quran Stands

2016-07-26
1679 Views
American Islamic Outreach has been working with local Muslim Business to set up Quran Kiosks and Stands.
The Creation of a New Religious Freedom Organization — The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI)

The Creation of a New Religious Freedom Organization — The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI)

2016-07-25
1505 Views
For the past six years the Religious Freedom Project (RFP) at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs has been the global center for cutting edge research into the meaning, value, and impact of religious fr...
5 Facts about the Muslim Population in Europe

5 Facts about the Muslim Population in Europe

2016-07-25
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Here are five facts about the size and makeup of the Muslim population in Europe based on the Pew Research Center’s most recent population estimates.
Call for End to Muslim Migration to Australia

Call for End to Muslim Migration to Australia

2016-07-24
1701 Views
The Australian TV presenter Sonia Kruger has called for an end to Muslim immigration to Australia, agreeing that “the more Muslims we import, the more danger we are in.”
Cameron Grants Royal Museum Role to Muslim

Cameron Grants Royal Museum Role to Muslim

2016-07-20
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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom government announced that Goldsmiths, University of London lecturer Dr Aminul Hoque, a Bangladeshi Muslim, has been appointed as a Trustee for Royal Museums Greenwich. Dr Hoque’s position is voluntary and runs for four years.
Oklahoma Lawmaker Who Called Islam “A Cancer” Gets Study on Radical Islam Approved

Oklahoma Lawmaker Who Called Islam “A Cancer” Gets Study on Radical Islam Approved

2016-07-19
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Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, who in the past has called Islam "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out" has proposed an interim study on radical Islam, Shariah Law, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the radicalization process.
Which U.S. religious groups are oldest and youngest?

Which U.S. religious groups are oldest and youngest?

2016-07-18
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Data from the Pew Research Center has revealed the youngest and oldest religious groups in the United States. U.S. Muslims in the survey have a median age of 33 and about four-in-ten Muslim adults in the U.S. are under the age of 30. The average age within Judaism is 50 years old, Catholics (49 years old), Orthodox Christians (40 years old), Buddhists (39 years old), Hindus (33 years old) and the median age of the entire U.S. population is 46 years old.
Measuring the Backlash Against the Muslim Backlash

Measuring the Backlash Against the Muslim Backlash

2016-07-16
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Despite heated campaign rhetoric and the Orlando shooting, new polls show that the American public’s views of both Islam and Muslims have become more favorable. Here’s why.
In swipe at Gingrich, Obama rejects 'repugnant' call to test Muslims

In swipe at Gingrich, Obama rejects 'repugnant' call to test Muslims

2016-07-16
1909 Views
President Barack Obama clobbered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday for suggesting that America should deport Muslims who profess a belief in Islamic Sharia law, telling a gathering of diplomats in Washington that the idea is 'repugnant.'
German Journalist Reverts to Islam on `Eid

German Journalist Reverts to Islam on `Eid

2016-07-13
2016 Views
Famous German journalist Martin Lejeune has announced his reversion to Islam, pronouncing shahada, the declaration of faith, in front of hundreds of Muslims.
How a Muslim advocacy group in Florida is doing what the government has so far failed to do

How a Muslim advocacy group in Florida is doing what the government has so far failed to do

2016-07-12
1411 Views
It had been 10 days since Omar Mateen, a self-declared adherent to the Islamic State, massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub. And Nezar Hamze, a police officer in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, wanted to prepare this mosque’s c...
Islamic Center rising on ‘the highway to heaven’

Islamic Center rising on ‘the highway to heaven’

2016-07-12
1414 Views
In a field off a rural stretch of Glasgow Street, a decades-old dream is slowly taking shape. There, the Kitchener-Waterloo Islamic Association is constructing what it is touting as the largest Islamic Center in Canada on a 4.5-hectare (11-acre) plot...
Ontario Premier joined Muslims in fasting in a solidarity action

Ontario Premier joined Muslims in fasting in a solidarity action

2016-07-11
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Muslims in fasting on Wednesday, June 22nd and then took part in the Iftar (fast-breaking meal) with the community at the Sayeda Khadija Center in Mississauga. “I am honored to participate in the fast with ...
Muslim camps are spreading in the U.S. to help kids ‘be proud of who they are’

Muslim camps are spreading in the U.S. to help kids ‘be proud of who they are’

2016-07-11
1514 Views
When Mona Eldadah started this camp four years ago, the idea was mainly about getting fasting Muslim kids off the couch during the holy month of Ramadan, and into activities that were both creatively stimulating and unifying. Now, the camp has reach...
German court rules against headscarf curbs for law students

German court rules against headscarf curbs for law students

2016-07-07
1655 Views
A court in Bavaria has ruled against restrictions on wearing headscarves for law students who are undergoing practical training in the justice system in the German state. The Augsburg administrative court upheld a complaint by a 25-year-old Muslim s...
Va. Republican, Trump supporter apologizes for anti-Muslim tweets

Va. Republican, Trump supporter apologizes for anti-Muslim tweets

2016-07-07
1599 Views
A new member of Virginia’s Republican State Central Committee apologized over the weekend for posting anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric on Twitter and Facebook — much of which echoed incendiary comments by presumptive GOP presidential ...
This place of worship would be 3-in-1: Church, synagogue and mosque

This place of worship would be 3-in-1: Church, synagogue and mosque

2016-07-05
1479 Views
A group of Christians, Muslims and Jews join hands to build a place where they can all worship: Berlin's "House of One" is aiming to become the world's first building to combine a church, a synagogue and a mosque under one roof.
These Muslims Are Praying in a Basement While Fighting to Get Their Mosque Built

These Muslims Are Praying in a Basement While Fighting to Get Their Mosque Built

2016-07-05
1552 Views
Muslims in Bayonne, New Jersey, have wanted an Islamic center and prayer hall for nearly two decades — they currently pray in the cramped basement of an elementary school.
UK based Progressive Muslim Forum (PMF) felicitates Honorable Dr. Frank F Islam in London

UK based Progressive Muslim Forum (PMF) felicitates Honorable Dr. Frank F Islam in London

2016-07-02
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An Iftar & Dinner party was organized by Progressive Muslim Forum (PMF) UK, International under the chairmanship of Khurshid Alam on 21st of June 2016 at Berrymede School Main Hall, Osborne Road, Acton, and London, W3 8SJ. This event was a chari...
The 7th round of Catholic – Shi’a dialogue

The 7th round of Catholic – Shi’a dialogue

2016-07-01
1619 Views
The cities of Qum and Mashhad in Iran hosted the 7th round of Catholic – Shi’a dialogue early this May. The Catholic group which was invited by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali comprised of Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, head of the Benedictine Conf...
German President Attends Ramadan Iftar

German President Attends Ramadan Iftar

2016-06-30
1621 Views
German President Joachim Gauck joined Muslims on an interfaith iftar last week in Berlin, sending an out loud message against demonizing Muslims. “Promoting encounters is particularly important at a time when mutual mistrust is spreading,&rdqu...
British Muslims must vote to remain in the EU

British Muslims must vote to remain in the EU

2016-06-30
1450 Views
Many people believe that the EU is only something that affects people involved in politics, or it makes strange laws such as determining how straight bananas should be.  However it is an institution that, like it or not, affects lives of British...
Southern Baptist leader defends religious liberty for Muslims

Southern Baptist leader defends religious liberty for Muslims

2016-06-25
1659 Views
Russell Moore offered a ringing defense of religious freedom for all, including Muslims, during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) report to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
Islamophobia on the rise in Germany - study

Islamophobia on the rise in Germany - study

2016-06-25
1708 Views
Germany is seeing a rise in Islamophobia, according to a new study which highlights the tensions surrounding the recent influx of refugees. More than 40 percent of residents said they believe Muslims should be forbidden from coming to Germany.
Muslim leaders push back against Trump for incendiary speech in wake of massacre

Muslim leaders push back against Trump for incendiary speech in wake of massacre

2016-06-23
1339 Views
The Council on American-Islamic Relations had planned to hold a news conference unveiling a report on Islamophobia, including the rise of “Muslim-free” businesses, anti-Muslim rallies by armed protesters, direct attacks on Muslims and the...
Smithsonian to host 1st major US Quran exhibition

Smithsonian to host 1st major US Quran exhibition

2016-06-23
1714 Views
Smithsonian's museum of Asian art will hold its first ever exhibit of "exquisitely decorated manuscripts" of the Quran in the United States. The exhibit is set to open October 15, 2016 and will run through February 2017.
Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States

Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States

2016-06-22
1412 Views
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley released a report Monday entitled “Confronting Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States.”
Islamic Schools Set Success Example in UK

Islamic Schools Set Success Example in UK

2016-02-01
1970 Views
For years, independent Islamic schools remained at the top score of UK GCSE results, setting example for faith schools as successful, highly-achieving and inspiring educational institutes in Britain. The Muslim schools overall average of students wh...