Tag: Islam

Islamist militancy quietly makes inroads in post-revolution Tunisia

John Thorne, Christian Science Monitor, Mar.28 Tunisia has been spared most violence since ousting its longtime dictator. But Islamist extremism is growing, and young Tunisian men are heading overseas to fight. One night last December, national guardsmen burst into the…

Saint Francis Of Assisi And Islam: How The New Pope Could Bring Muslims And Christians Together

David Leipert, Huffington Post, Mar.14 Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio‘s decision to choose the name of Francis as pope has profound significance to Muslims regarding Muslim/Christian relations. The Christian Saint Francis of Assisi — for whom he has chosen to be named…

In a Strasbourg mosque, the often-uneasy French mix with Muslim neighbors

Edward Cody, Washington Post, Mar.07 One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434. For Abdelrahman Binjalloun, a Moroccan-born…

Canada’s new religious freedom ambassador says he’ll give a louder voice to homegrown values in a ‘noisy world’

Joseph Brean, National Post, Feb.19 Andrew P. W. Bennett, Canada’s first ambassador of religious freedom, is a Christian academic studying toward a theology degree in Ottawa, an expert on Scottish devolution, and a government policy analyst with experience in the…

Iran confiscates Buddha statues in crackdown on ‘cultural invasion’

Associated Press published in The Guardian, Feb.17 Buddha statues have joined Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons as banned items in Iran. Officials are confiscating the statues from shops in the capital, Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism,…

MyJihad Is to Not Let Others Dictate What Muslims Are

Monique Parsons, Huffington Post, Feb.3 Angie Emara’s son, Adam, was just 4 years old when he died from complications of Hunter’s Syndrome in 2009. Every day since, Emara, 35, of Naperville, Ill., has struggled with a painful and private grief.…

Freedom of Religion and the Right to Be Respected

Ufuk Gokcen, Huffington Post, Jan.22 As the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, I have recently attended for the second year in a row a special commemoration event at the Park East Synagogue in…

Muslim-Jewish marriages herald a brave new world

Jonathan Romain, The Guardian – Comment is free, Jan.19 Muslims and Jews in the UK are beginning to get together – a living example to the Middle East peace process. Something surprising is beginning to emerge in marriage patterns between…

Remember MLK’s Dream by Supporting American Muslims

Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons, Huffington Post, Jan.17 On Jan. 7, exactly two weeks before we are to simultaneously celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inaugurate Barack Obama to his second term as President of…