Tag Archives: Islam

Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity

In full public view, a long struggle over urban spaces is erupting as a broader fight over Turkish identity, where difficult issues of religion, social class and politics intersect. And while most here acknowledge that every Turkish ruling class has sought to put its stamp on Istanbul, there is a growing sense that none has […]

Minorities decry Indonesian president’s award

There is a growing number of incidents of alleged religious persecution usually perpetrated by militant members of Indonesia’s Sunni majority – often with the tacit and sometimes open support of the authorities. Yet on the other side of the world, amid the lustre of a $25,000-a-head reception at The Pierre hotel in New York, Indonesian […]

Limiting Myanmar’s Rohingya?

The Rohingya Muslims of Myamnar have been described as some of the world’s least wanted, and most persecuted, people. Now, a government-appointed commission has declared that their rapidly growing population represents a serious threat that makes ethnic Buddhists feel insecure. Hundreds of people have been killed, and many Muslim villages burned down, in communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state over the […]

Swedish Multicultural History (Re)Written: First Muslim Friday Prayer called from Swedish Minaret

Last Friday, April 26 2013, was the first time that the Friday prayer (Azan), as well as any other Muslim prayer was called out from a Swedish mosque.  As the Azan was called, around a thousand local residents and dozens of journalists had gathered. “A historical day. My tears are running of happiness.” said Erol […]

Black Workers ‘Banned From Paris Gare Du Nord During Israeli President Shimon Peres’s Visit’

Black and North African workers were excluded from Paris’s main railway station during a visit by Israel’s President amid fears they might be Muslim, it has been alleged. The decision was reportedly made ahead of Shimon Peres’s arrival in the city on March 8 to discuss the Middle East peace process with President Francois Hollande. The […]

SPD Candidate Backs Muslim-Friendly Gym Class

When it comes to the integration of Germany’s Muslim minority, the center-left Social Democrats tend to be much less hard-line than Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. But on Wednesday evening, SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück may have gone a step too far when he waded into what in the past has been a hornet’s nest of […]

Islam Leader Calls for Muslim Holidays in Germany

In 2010 former German President Christian Wulff made the assertion that, “Islam belongs in Germany,” provoking something of a conservative backlash. Now, Germany’s Central Council of Muslims (ZMD) is bringing the topic back into the public eye — and suggesting the introduction of statutory Muslim holidays throughout Germany. Council chairman Aiman Mazyek told the Thursday edition of the […]