Archive for the 'Islam: World/Media' Category

New Megacities in Saudi Arabia

January 27, 2007

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King `Abdullah, Sunday, laid the foundation stone for the third mega economic city in the Kingdom – the SR25 billion ($6.66 billion) Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.

The new Knowledge City will comprise the Taiba Technological and Economic Information Center, an interactive museum on the Prophet’s life, a centre for studies of Islamic civilization, and another centre for medical studies, biosciences and integrated medical services.


Iran & Saudi Arabia are ‘true’ Muslim countries.

December 3, 2006

Next time you decide to criticize someone for using the draconian Saudi laws as a benchmark for ‘muslimness’, keep in mind that there are people out there who perpetuate that very view. Don’t blame angry non-muslims, blame this guy (and his ilk I suppose):

In Kuwait, Shiite cleric Abdul-Hussein Qazwini said he believed the pope’s visit would have been more meaningful “if had it been made to a Muslim country such as Saudi Arabia or Iran,” rather than to secular Turkey.

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Africa turns its eyes to Islam

June 11, 2006

SOMALIA | The fall of Mogadishu to Islamic militants has many worried. But experts say it’s wrong to assume that Islamic rule is the worst option for blood-spattered African nations.

In the blood-splattered Somali capital, Mogadishu, militias loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts last week seized power from a United Nations-backed transitional government. In Northern Sudan, Islamic militancy has changed the character of the country, imposing sharia law and pushing religion into the political arena as never before.

“Da Vinci” unites Indian Muslims and Christians

May 15, 2006

A powerful organisation of Indian Islamic clerics promised on Monday to help Christian groups launch protests if the authorities did not ban the screening of the controversial film, “The Da Vinci Code”. [read the entire article]

Saudi Arabia’s baby boomers are redefining the kingdom’s relationship with the modern world

April 8, 2006

Scented smoke from dozens of water pipes mingled with Lebanese pop music at Al-Nakheel, a seaside restaurant in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. Saudi men in white robes and women in black abayas, their head scarves falling to their shoulders, leaned back on red cushions as they sipped tea and shared lamb kebab and hummus. Four young Saudi women, head scarves removed, trailed perfume as they walked past. Nearby, a teenage boy snapped photos of his friends with a cellphone. At an adjoining table, two young men with slicked-back hair swayed their heads to a hip-hop song echoing from the parking lot. [read the entire article]

Another take on madrassa life

April 4, 2006

Pakistan’s decision to expel foreign students, as India’s policy of limiting student visas to foreign madrassas students, will destroy a natural international network system that took decades if not centuries to build. Pakistan’s decision to expel more than a thousand foreign students from its madrassas should not surprise or bewilder anyone of us. [read the entire article]

German Muslims ignoring government help?

March 20, 2006

In Germany billions of Euros have been poured into work and education programs for immigrants — without much success. The daughters of the 4 million Turks are often prevented from taking advantage of the free higher education that the German state still lavishes on its citizens. Even if the parents grew up in Germany, they still speak Turkish at home. Their children often have difficulties in school as many do not know sufficient German to follow the lessons. More than one-third leave school without even the lowest certificate. With a 10 per cent unemployment rate in Germany you do not need a lot of imagination to foresee the dangers. Even in sheltered and peaceful Austria 53 per cent in a recent survey declared that they expected a clash between the Christian world and Islam. [read the entire article]

Germans tolerant of Islam, ask for reciprocation

March 17, 2006

A new survey probing German attitudes towards Islam has thrown up surprising results — many Germans are tolerant towards the religion, but wish Muslims living in the country would reciprocate the feeling. A survey commissioned by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Germany to study how people here perceive Islam is set to shake the foundations of the widespread view that western societies are uncomfortable with the religion. Called “What do the Germans Think about Islam?” the study, which involved 1,000 western Germans and just as many eastern Germans, found that almost two-thirds of those questioned believed Muslims living in Germany should be allowed to practice their religion without any restrictions. [read the entire article]

A Spectator’s Role for China’s Muslims

February 20, 2006

Religion is often hidden in China, so the unabashed public display of Islam here in the city known as Little Mecca is particularly striking. Men have beards and wear white caps. Women wear head scarves. Minarets poke up from large mosques. A bookstore sells Korans and religious study guides in Arabic. [read the entire article]

Canadian Islam gets media savvy

February 20, 2006

It’s the savvy new face of Canadian Islam: Prominent Muslim organizations in the media room of Parliament’s Centre Block yesterday applauding the country, its mainstream media and political leaders for their response to the cartoon controversy. [read the entire article]