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Israel removed metal detectors from a Jerusalem holy site

Israel removed metal detectors from a Jerusalem holy site | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The move came in the face of intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop wider Palestinian unrest.
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I applaud this return to the previous security arrangements because clearly the outrage generated by putting those metal detectors in place was not worth the small addition in security. In the perfect world, Jerusalem would be an international city with citizenship available to Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians, and perhaps a special Christian community, each with the right to vote on local affairs. As for the security at the mosque, I wish that were turned over to the Jordanians or perhaps a joint Jordanian-Palestinian office. I believe that Israel has a right to exist but that that right and the right of the Palestinians to have a state must be within a framework that respects the rights of all.

What are your thoughts on an internationalized Jerusalem? Could it work? How would it be set up so that it was governable? 
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‘Cyrus the Great’ enters Iranian politics

‘Cyrus the Great’ enters Iranian politics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The unexpectedly large gathering of devotees of Cyrus the Great in his resting place of Pasargadae on Oct. 28 sparks heated debate in Iran.
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I am constantly amazed and amused by Islam's rejection of history pre-Muhammed. Be it the Taliban or ISIS destroying antiquities or this foolishness by the Ayatollah in Iran and the subsequent actions of the prosecutor, they forget that their religion teaches that those pre-faith events were part of Allah's plan. The rejection of such history is to reject that plan. Since I don't believe in Allah or any playful god, I value antiquities from a sense of history and a love for archeology. But, what the heck, either way, I am still amazed and amused by the stupidity of humanity. 
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Forgotten Ottoman Eid traditions make comeback in Turkey

Forgotten Ottoman Eid traditions make comeback in Turkey | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Although Turks cannot agree on the name of the holiday, all agree to keep Ramadan traditions alive in modern times.
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Wishing all my Muslim friends the best of Eid and a world of peace and justice. Meanwhile, who can resist a time of candy, costumes, and celebration. 
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Khomeini’s grandson says there is more to Islam than hijab

Khomeini’s grandson says there is more to Islam than hijab | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a TV interview, Hassan Khomeini discussed a number of controversial issues such as Islam, the hijab and newcomers to the revolution.
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A still, small voice pushing for reason and justice in Iran. How strange that it is a Khomeini who is raising some big issues. I like that he pushes for free speech as part of religion. 
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Keeping the faith? | Al Jazeera America

Keeping the faith? | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

American Druze struggle to ensure the survival of their 1,000-year-old religion by bringing young members into the fold. (The picture: 

A locket showing the Druze sheikhs, spiritual leaders of the community.Liana Aghajanian)
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In the great religious debates we tend to forget the small religions that still matter greatly to the small number of their adherents. Typically, what matters today is less the theology than the sense of identity. Here is one of the more interesting small religions, an offshoot of Islam, believers in reincarnation, and most assuredly little known. Meet the Druze.

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Invisible Atheists in the Arab World

Invisible Atheists in the Arab World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The spread of disbelief in the Arab world.
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One line I particularly liked in this very interesting and well-written essay. "In today’s Arab world, it’s not religiosity that is mandatory; it’s the appearance of it."

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The World War Inside Islam

The World War Inside Islam | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of America’s invasion of Iraq, Norman Podhoretz, the neoconservative polemicist and editor of Commentary, wrote a long essay arguing that the battle…
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I found the following quote to be right on: "The radical Islamist denial of the primacy of individual choice in a secularized public space, along with the willingness of large numbers of people to kill others and themselves in order to destroy that way of being, poses a fundamental challenge to the West" Does that mean we should continue ineffectual war against extreme Islam, continue to support the current regimes of Muslim countries — regimes that are often corrupt, or perhaps try to encourage a new approach within Islam — an approach that encourages individualism along with conformity with basic Muslim values. This is an essay worth the reading.

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Charted: How People in Seven Muslim Countries Believe Women Should Dress

Charted: How People in Seven Muslim Countries Believe Women Should Dress | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As the chart above, created by the Pew Research Center, goes, there’s quite a bit of variation over what constitutes proper dress for women in the Islamic world.
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I thought this a fascinating look into the variations within the Islamic world. Having grown up in America, I of course go with Number 6, but I can understand 3-5. 1 and 2 are beyond me. It is like locking them up in a prison for being females.

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The World' s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

The World' s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture.
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The bottom line is can Muslims accept the goals of countries like the U.S., which believe in religious freedom, in their dealings with our nation and its citizens and especially if they wish to live here (and in those other countries)? This is in large part the same issue that tore Europe apart during the Reformation.

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St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals

St. Louis Muslims Raise More Than $60,000 to Repair Jewish Cemetery Damaged by Vandals | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

 I thought we should all be reminded of what some of our "evil" Muslim neighbors are doing. How dare they try to help restore cemeteries that goonish white Christian Americans have vandalized? Sure the vandals are small in number, but let's not lose sight of who they are. 

Kenneth Weene's insight:
Every now and again people in the US take action agains the evil around them. Such times make me happier and prouder to be an American. In this case, I celebrate the decency of the Muslim community of St. Louis and hope this story will give pause to those who are so quick to think that Islam is inherently anti-American values. 
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Muslims Go to Catholic Mass Across France to Show Solidarity

Muslims Go to Catholic Mass Across France to Show Solidarity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In these times of terrorism and hate, it is good to see that there are so many decent people who want peace. Kudos to these Muslim men and women and to the Catholic Churches and congregations that welcomed them throughout France. Difference can bring out the worst in people, but it can also be celebrated by the best of people. 
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Will Egypt stop listing religion on official IDs?

Will Egypt stop listing religion on official IDs? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The draft bill to remove the religion field from national IDs and official documents sparked a debate among Egyptians, with some supporting the decision as it would eliminate discrimination and others arguing that it would further entrench sectarian tension.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
A small forward step towards inclusion in a predominantly Muslim country. Will it be enacted? Will it change the relationship between Muslim and Coptic Egyptians for the better? Who can say, but it is a small step forward. 
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Elizabeth Goodno's curator insight, April 7, 9:53 AM
This article relates to what we learned in class because it is about different religions, specifically in Egypt. My opinion on this article is that it seems like a good idea to stop putting religion onto ID's. I have never really thought about this before but I feel like it could help Egypt with discrimination.
Hunter Reynolds's curator insight, April 7, 11:26 AM
This article has a lot of things in common with what we learned about in class. One thing it that religion causes conflict. People in Egypt are debating about this religious matter. It's not a big conflict but a conflict none the less. Just like the war for territories his will have an outcome that some people will not like.
Lucas Olive's curator insight, April 10, 10:26 PM
This article relates to what we have been learning in class because it talks about the arguements on how we should percieve language and if it should change how we think of other people. My opinion on this is that religion should not affect the way we look at each other, we're all free to believe in who or what we want.
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World Islamic body backs Saudi stance in Iran spat

World Islamic body backs Saudi stance in Iran spat | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The world's largest Muslim body backed Saudi Arabia in its weeks-long diplomatic spat with Iran in a statement issued on Thursday night, accusing Tehran of backing terrorism and meddling in other countries' affairs.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

And the rift between Sunni and Shia continues. For the rest of the world, this is perhaps a good thing, for the people of the Middle East it is a major problem. Can anybody remember the Middle Ages in Europe? You know when the Protestants and the Catholics killed one another off. Yep, here we go again, man being stupid in the name of god. 

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Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison

Men Who Attacked Malala Sentenced To Life In Prison | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men to life in prison on Thursday for the 2012 attack on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, the BBC reported.

Yousafzai was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head while riding her...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I find it hard to believe that these men will actually serve out their prison terms and of course the chief perpetrator is yet to be captured, but this is at least a first step in establishing not just justice for Malala but more importantly justice and protection for all the young women of that region.

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The Islam reformers vs. the Muslim zealots

The Islam reformers vs. the Muslim zealots | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The West would be foolish to refuse to pick a side in the Muslim Reformation.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This article is one that all who wish to talk about the Middle East, Islam in the modern world, or American foreign policy should read as one of the starting points for intelligent discussion. 

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Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 6, 2015 1:23 PM

     It's hard not to agree with what's being said of politicians.  They are so afraid of being labeled an Islamaphobe they are willing to say "Islam is a peaceful religion."  I believe this to be true to a degree.  The element you need to consider are people.  People are either violent or peaceful.  Islamic fringe groups often espouse the rhetoric and stretch the meanings to fit the jihad they are waging.  Most Muslims want to lead a peaceful and quiet life.  They also strive for some modernity.  There will never be another "golden age" in the Muslim world.  The US has woven such an intricate relationship with the east.  I understand not wanting to offend.  But if you are calling the group a radical fringe (insert name here) Islamic group, call a spade a spade.  Because these radical fringe groups are espousing rhetoric from the Islamic law and Qu'ran.  

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Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread

Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They’re not strictly ballroom—but they are strictly illegal. For the mullahs it’s all dirty dancing. But underground classes have Persians getting with the beat.
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How does one praise Allah for giving humanity the capacity for love and joy, for having given humanity the ability to create music, and then say that same creator does not want us to dance? Silly mullahs, they are trying to hold back the tide.

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The Next Phase of the Syrian Conflict

The Next Phase of the Syrian Conflict | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Seems that no matter how good the cause, for example the overthrow of a brutal dictator, the number of "leaders" who will emerge to try to gain power will always make the process suspect. That is what makes people like George Washington and Nelson Mandela and even Daniel Ortega so incredible. They were able to limit their own ambitions and to accept the right of others to lead as well.

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