religion

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with UAE’s Minister of Tolerance

Advocating tolerance: H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi sits down for an exclusive interview with Newsweek Middle East By Irene Hell “Sometimes I think it is mindboggling… when all of a sudden you find a teenager who left home because he wanted to fight in Syria, and you think what have I done to my child? Why

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Top Saudi Cleric says Iran Leaders not Muslims as Hajj Row Mounts

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI , Sept 7 – Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority accused Iran’s leaders of not being Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusually harsh exchange between the regional rivals over the running of the annual haj pilgrimage. The war of words on the eve of the mass pilgrimage will deepen

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Test of Faith

For Muslims in Denmark, China and Cuba, practicing their religion comes with a unique set of challenges. BY Arfa Shahid The Islamic month of Ramadan is a momentous time for Muslims around the world. It is a highly-revered time for the faithful, as the holy Quran was believed to have been revealed to the Prophet

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Muslim, Man Up?

We’re undergoing a crisis of Muslim masculinity. Looking away won’t help By Asma T. Uddin The image of the Muslim man in the popular imagination: conflicted, beset with issues as to his identity, unsure of his place in the world. Muslim masculinity is in a state of crisis. Honor killings. Political violence. Extremism. Domestic abuse.

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Can Imams Drive Action on Climate Change in Pakistan?

By Saleem Shaikh ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and religious scholars say. Religious leaders have the moral standing to call on people and businesses to consider the environmental impact of their activities and take a bigger

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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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How The UAE’s Model Works

Emirati Tolerance: A Necessary Role Model for a Beleaguered Middle East BY Habib Al-Mulla Wherever one looks in the Middle East region, it is difficult to see beyond the impact of extremism on religion, culture, education, and politics. Hatred, wars, anarchy, sectarianism, instability, and crises define perceptions both within and outside the area; extremism seems

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Kuwait’s Christian Citizens

Some 264 Kuwaiti Christians live in Kuwait to date BY  Abdullah  Alelyan It is rare for anyone to speak of non-Muslim minorities who are citizens of the Arab Gulf states. The homogeneous Muslim fabric of this oil-rich region remains the only media-portrayed image which the world sees. In 2008, Houda Nonoo was appointed as Bahrain’s

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