Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

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PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014 |

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East:  Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JULY 1, 2014:  EXCERPT:  As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high […]

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by BRIAN PELLOT for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JUNE 23, 2014:  Last month I discussed the heart-wrenching case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith. Human rights groups, government representatives and prominent faith leaders rallied to condemn the […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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WATCH: RTI Experts Discuss International Development and Education Initiatives for Youth

WATCH: RTI Experts Discuss International Development and Education Initiatives for Youth

[ 0 ] June 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary (via RTI International and partners at Duke University –”Professors and Practitioners in Conversation” series) on JUNE 8, 2014:  Leaders from RTI International and Duke University on April 9, 2014 gathered for a public discussion on “Education Initiatives and International Development: Shaping Opportunities for Youth.” The event was part of an ongoing […]

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On D-Day: Remembering the Muslim Troops who Fought the Axis

On D-Day: Remembering the Muslim Troops who Fought the Axis

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JUNE 6, 2014:  One of the frustrations for a world historian is the unyieldingly parochial vision of the North Atlantic common among journalists and even many historians, and consequently among the public. The 17 world leaders gathering for the D-Day commemoration should by all rights include Pakistani Prime […]

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WATCH: President Obama at Westpoint Commencement — “America Must Lead”

[ 1 ] May 29, 2014 |

via WHITEHOUSE.GOV/YOUTUBE on MAY 28, 2014:  President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. Related: See and listen also to comments on the speech by Duke University Political Science and Public Policy Professor Bruce Jentleson News Tip: Obamas Foreign […]

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Kecia Ali: Who’s Sharia is it?

Kecia Ali: Who’s Sharia is it?

[ 0 ] May 27, 2014 |

by KECIA ALI for FEMINISM AND RELIGION (BLOG) on MAY 27, 2014:  It has been a lousy month for Islamic law. First, there was the kidnapping and sale of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, which claimed religious acceptability for their acts. As Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey opined, this is not my sharia. Then, the Sultan of Brunei’s horrific […]

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The Haram Operations of Boko Haram

The Haram Operations of Boko Haram

[ 0 ] May 23, 2014 |

by MOHSEN KADIVAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2014:  Boko Haram or the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are two sides of one coin. Both of them have been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, kidnapping, and […]

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