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Bahrain Strips Top Shiite Muslim Cleric of Citizenship: Agency

DUBAI, June 20 – Bahrain has stripped the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority of his citizenship, state news agency BNA reported on Monday, and there were reports of a protest outside his house. The move against Ayatollah Isa Qassim comes less than a week after a court ordered the country’s main opposition

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The Orlando Massacre

The attack has induced a moment of catharsis among America’s Muslim leaders BY Habiba Hamid Shortly before 2am on June 12, a man parked outside the LGBT nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida. It was pride weekend. Moments later, he entered the premises and opened fire, armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle, a handgun and many rounds of ammunition,

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Muslim Boxing Champion and Cultural Symbol Muhammad Ali Dead at Age 74

By Ricardo Arduengo SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 5 – The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century. Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome which impaired

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And Still They Rise: One Selfie at a Time

BY Arfa Shahid Black Muslim women are fighting for recognition, one selfie at a time. The hashtag #BombBlackHijabis and #BombBlackMuslimahs has been making its round on social media this week, celebrating black hijabis – Muslim women who wear the religious headscarf – and commenting on the lack of representation of black Muslims. The social media

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Muslims Hate the U.S: Donald Trump

By James Oliphant and Luciana Lopez MIAMI, March 10 – U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump came under fire from his rivals on Thursday for saying Muslims hate the United States at a debate where the gut-punching attacks of earlier forums gave way to a suddenly civil tone with a serious focus on the issues.

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United States: Brave New World

Shaarik Zafar is America’s representative to Muslims. He’s got his work cut out By Yasar Khan The task on Shaarik Zafar’s hands is somewhat herculean. As a U.S. State Department diplomat, his mission isto engage with Muslim communities around the world. Comfortable in his own skin, he is clearly a straight-talker. With a decade of

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Australia: Spitting Fire

The voice of a generation, rapper Omar Musa takes the stage BY Bilal Qureshi In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. As a child of an interracial relationship growing up

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Jordan: Learning From Scratch

A campaign has mounted a challenge to Jordan’s education system By Maysa Zureikat Schools are widely recognized as being on the frontline of countering violent extremism. And a campaign is now underway to push the Jordanian government to reform the nation’s education system. Its principal target? A curriculum that has, for years, been taught in the

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Pakistani Lawyers’ Group Behind Spike in Blasphemy Cases

ISLAMABAD, March 7  – A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives. The group, whose name translates as The Movement for the Finality of the Prophethood, offers

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India’s Kashmir Chief Minister and Modi Ally Sayeed Dies

SRINAGAR, India, Jan 7 – The leader of India’s insurgency-plagued Jammu and Kashmir state and an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi died on Thursday, bringing political uncertainty to the disputed region at the heart of tension between India and Pakistan. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, died of a respiratory infection after spending the last two

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