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Islamic body urges Syria to stop excessive force

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The world's largest Islamic body urged Syria on Wednesday to immediately stop the use of excessive force against its citizens to avert the threat of foreign intervention.Ekmeleddin...
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The spread of female Islamic leadership

As increasing numbers of articulate women use Islamic sources to defend varying ways of life, they are challenging western feminist models, at least in name and quite often in substance, making detailed study of the full range of female Islamic leadership crucial, say Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach

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'100 lashes if you don't die laughing' and 3 other Muhammad controversies

'100 lashes if you don't die laughing' and 3 other Muhammad controversies | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The offices of a French satirical magazine were bombed early today, after the periodical published an issue about the Arab Spring with a caricature of the prophet Muhammad. The magazine featured the Muslim prophet as a “guest editor” for the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, threatening “100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!”

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Turkey: Cartoonist Faces Trial for Asserting that “Religion Is a Lie”

Not too long ago, when the military acted as the enforcer of a rigidly secular system, a politician in Turkey could be punished merely for reciting religious poetry.
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Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching

Moroccans mosque imams protest tight government controls on preaching | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
RABAT, Morocco — Dozens of preachers from mosques across Morocco protested Monday in the capital over tight controls on their preaching, the first time such a demonstration has been allowed to go forward.
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How a Paris Mosque Sheltered Jews in the Holocaust

How a Paris Mosque Sheltered Jews in the Holocaust | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new French film by Ismaël Ferroukhi tells a little-known story of how a Paris mosque saved some Jews from the Nazis.
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Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban | Reuters

(Reuters) - Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia Saturday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

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Malcolm X: A side rarely seen

Malcolm X: A side rarely seen | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A chance interview with Malcolm X showed a leader who had learned to use his anger only when it was needed.
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Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith

Tunisian constitution will make no place for faith | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Islamist-led government will focus on democracy, human rights and a free-market economy in planned changes to the constitution, effectively...
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The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King

The Cruelty Of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Reformist’ King | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The king of Saudi Arabia is once again making headlines for overturning a court ruling that sentenced a woman to ten lashes for driving a car. For many, this is further proof that King Abdullah is a force for moderation and reform. Fareed Zakaria, for example, has called the Saudi dictator a “man of wisdom and moderation.” Then again, the king could also have considered stopping the recent beheading of Abdul Hamid Al Fakki for the crime of “sorcery.” Instead, he chose to do nothing. While the residents of Salem in 1692 would be proud, modern pundits would do well to hold their praise for the monarch.

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Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Controversy Charges Debate over Islam’s Role in Society

Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Controversy Charges Debate over Islam’s Role in Society | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Set against the backdrop of a presidential campaign, a debate in Kyrgyzstan over Islam’s place in public life is gaining steam.
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Islamists attack Tunis TV station

Islamists attack Tunis TV station | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Tunisia arrest dozens of Islamists who they say tried to attack a TV station in the capital, Tunis, in protest at the showing of the film Persepolis.
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Morocco announces pay hikes for imams

Morocco announces pay hikes for imams | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A salary increase for imams aims to curb the spread of fundamentalist ideas in Moroccan mosques.
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Islam and/in the West

Islam and/in the West | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
It has become almost conventional to highlight issues dividing the Islamic world and the West.
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