Nearly 20 Uyghur Students Unaccounted For Four Months After Egypt RaidsRadio Free Asia
16 Uyghur Chinese students at Cairo’s Al-Azhar Islamic University are still reported unaccounted for after an operation from both Egyptian and Chinese authorities detaining students and interrogating them on their religiousness of Islam.
Geert Wilders Cancels Molenbeek ‘Safari of Islam’Politico
The populist, anti-Islam, far-right political figurehead of the Netherlands was barred entry into the city of Molenbeek by local officials, claiming “we do not want Mr.Wilders to export his message of racist hatred.”
Singapore Bans Two Muslim Preachers, Citing Divisive ViewsReuters
Singaporean authorities have barred the entry of 2 well-known yet controversial preachers who are accused of being “denigrating and inflammatory” towards other religions and for causing discord between Muslims and non-Muslim communities.
The Islamic World Doesn't Need a ReformationThe Atlantic
Renowned Turkish journalist and writer Mustafa Akyol argues the inherent problem of the “Islamic Reformation” solution for the current state of religious discourse but rather a John Locke style ‘Islamic Enlightenment’ of increased liberalism and religious tolerance.
Don't Blame Islam For One Cowardly Man's Attack In New York CityBustle
Backed by empirical study, research, and data, we must remember to avoid the popular scapegoating and backlash often directed at Islam as whole in recent memory of the attack in New York City.
Indonesia and the Future of IslamStratfor Worldview
In a thorough analysis of the Indonesian case, Professor Risakotta from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies discusses the unique, complex dynamic of religion in the private lives of Indonesian and how it translates to every dimension of public social life.
Islam Isn’t Terror, Muslim and Catholic Leaders Say After NYC AttackNewsweek
In the aftermath of a deadly terror attack in NYC, both Muslim and Catholic leaders condemn the use of violence and state that ‘we should persecute the criminal- not the faith.’
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated HistoryThe Diplomat
Under a lengthy, complex web of cultural, political, and historical linkages, the story of Islam and Buddhism in Asia is reminded that the 2 faiths have a shared history of conflict that has, for the most part, resulted in an outstanding peace.
I Want ‘Allahu Akbar’ BackThe New York Times
Writer Wajahat Ali argues the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ is not what it is thought to be in today’s media discourse, but instead the profound, meaningful declaration of God’s greatness as seen in the positives of life, not the negatives.
What ‘Allah Akbar’ Really MeansCNN
Imam Suleiman from the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research discusses the term ‘Allahu Akbar’ and how it is an integral part of every Muslim’s life as a declaration to the justice and greatness of God, despite the criticism and bigotry created by those who misuse it.
One in Five Indonesian Students Support Islamic Caliphate: SurveyReuters
In a recent survey of Indonesian youth, sentiments of hardline Islamism and religious intolerance are appearing in a country where national unity and diversity have been held in high regard.
Quran Linked To Start of Islam Displayed at World’s Largest Book FairNewsweek
The Sharjah book fair in the UAE will display one of the oldest copies of the Quran in the world, a manuscript on 4 pages of animal skin dating back to the days of Prophet Muhammad and his companions.
OIC Calls For Urgent Action to Save Remaining Islamic Cultural HeritageArab News
To safeguard the cultural memory and Islamic history of its member nations, the Secretary-General of the OIC urges countries to protect, preserve, and maintain their cultural and historical religious sites.
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