A continuous survey of causes of “Islamophobia”. Conflicts in Muslim countries and terrorism are excluded. See here for explanation of survey.
Up to 10 July 2011
Netherlands: ‘Schools should initiate immigrants into Dutch culture’
They go to a Turkish hairdresser, watch Turkish TV, read Turkish papers …. they’re Turks who happen to live in the Netherlands.
Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science
…. the reasons for it offer insights into the history and nature of Islam and its relationship with modernity.
Your rape culture is not my religion
One blaringly obvious problem with the Hudood law was the need to present four witnesses in order to convict a rapist, failure to do so resulted in the arrest of the woman on charges of confession to adultery, that was the main issue.
Investigating Qur’anic inheritance laws
A male’s share shall equal that of two females (Qur’an 4:11); If there are many brothers and sisters, the share of each male should be that of two females. (Qur’an 4:176)
“No God” film angers Tunisian Islamists
…. several dozen men attacked a cinema in Tunis that had advertised a film publicly titled in French ‘Ni Dieu, Ni Maitre’ (No God, No Master)
Charity Commission closes charity for Muslim prisoners
A charity for Muslim prisoners that was forced to remove a trustee with suspected terrorist links has been removed from the charity register.
e-Divorces a quarter of all marriage annulments
Under Islamic law, a Muslim man can divorce his wife by just saying “your are divorced” three times but a woman cannot do the same.
Tunisia cinema attack condemned
Tunisian artists and rights campaigners condemned on Friday an attack by Salafist Muslims on a cinema showing a film about secularism.
Muslim weightlifter fights to compete, hijabi-style
…. the rules require arms and legs to be bare so judges can see when elbows and knees are “locked” to determine if a lift is successful.
East London Mosque: the lies go on
No doubt some Christians do hold homophobic views – but I am quite certain that you would never find them being openly and repeatedly expressed, with official approval, from the pulpit of, say, Southwark Cathedral, or for that matter the smallest parish church in this country.
Indonesian maid saved from execution
The Indonesian government has paid SR2 million in blood money to save the life of an Indonesian maid on death row in Riyadh for killing her Yemeni employer in 2009.
FOSIS is the problem, not the solution
As a student, I have seen the effects hate-preachers have on young Muslims. Many times, preachers have been ushered from one Islamic society to another and FOSIS have enabled this to happen.
Teachers reluctant to discuss 9/11
Those in schools with high numbers of Muslim children are particularly concerned about talking about the atrocity – despite it being arguably the defining event of the 21st century so far.
Lebanon Sunni clergy reject domestic abuse law
…. also slammed as “heresy” a clause in the bill that criminalises marital rape, accusing those behind the draft law of “inventing new types of crimes.”
Because they are blasphemers
…. a Muslim mob, fired up by rumours of the desecration of a Koran, attacked Christians and set fire to their houses in the town of Gojra, in Pakistan’s central Punjab. Ten people died, eight burnt alive. Four churches were destroyed.
Political Activist …. Calls for a Law Permitting the Purchase of POWs in Order to Turn Them into Slave Girls
Here in Kuwait too, I asked religious scholars and experts about this, and they said that for the average, good religious man, the only way to avoid forbidden relations with women is to purchase slave girls.
Where are Britain’s modern mosques?
…. five decades on, the choice is between a mosque where the imam doesn’t speak English and hits the children or one where they speak English but insist seven-year-old girls cover their faces. And frankly, that’s no choice at all.
Belgium: Teacher suspended for headscarf comments
An Islam teacher at the Royal Atheneum in Verviers was given a four month suspension for saying that girl who do not wear a headscarf live in sin.
Saudi Arabian lingerie law ends
Rules against “mingling” of the sexes at work in the kingdom, whose laws are based on a strict interpretation of Muslim Sharia, mean that most shops have male assistants only.
Islamic Threat As Bright As the Sun
The authors have amassed a solid bank of peer-reviewed data attesting to the presence and promotion of literature advocating violence in the majority of 100 randomly selected American mosques.
I feel more distanced from Islam
I can’t reconcile myself with the fundamentalist interpretations of the Koran I increasingly see. I feel that violence is exercised against my childhood faith, when there are calls for intolerance, hate and crimes against humanity in the name of God.
Sharon Horgan defends ‘HIGNFY’ Mecca joke
A Muslim group has criticised Have I Got News For You for making a joke about Mecca. In Friday’s edition of the show, guest host Sharon Horgan made a quip about the holy city, which is the centre of pilgrimage for Muslims.
Unfaithful wives should be put to death
Yes, in many countries, the public will stone that woman to death. Believe me, that might be the right answer to the behavior of these kind of loose women, who want to blame it all on men.
OIC Fatwa on Domestic Violence and the Rights of Women in Islam
…. wife-beating is specifically excluded from its definition of ‘domestic violence’, as long as the beating conforms to sharia requirements. The memorable phrase ‘non-violent beating’ is coined to express this perspective.
Germans quit Saudi travel fair over woman’s clothes
Religious police demanded the German visitor change her abaya — an all-encompassing black cloak worn by women in the ultraconservative Muslim power house — because it was decorated with red embroidery.
Where Islam is not so benign
The truth is that in all Islamic states (both today and historically) non-Muslims are treated as kuffar (in Arabic, a term of gross insult), punitively taxed, and often have their lives circumscribed cruelly in many other ways.
Lancashire mosques chair criticises ‘impractical’ equality call
OFFICIAL guidelines that women should have more influence in running mosques have been criticised by a Lancashire mosque leader. And he said calls to complete prayers in English would not be adhered to.
Islamic leaders question non-Muslim rights
Former president of Islamic Da’wah Foundation Malaysia …. said treatment of non-Muslims must be based on the social contract agreed and pointed out that the government has been too gracious to the community.
$100m donated to Islamic schools
Donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are sending an estimated $100 million (£61m) annually to radical Islamic schools in Pakistan that back militancy ….
Australian Government gives short shrift to sharia–lite appeal from Muslims
The organisation’s President, Ikebal Adam Patel, who wrote the submission, nominated family law and specifically divorce as an area where moderate interpretations of sharia could co-exist within the Australian legal system.
Australia denies Muslim request for sharia law
The Australian government has rejected a call from a leading Muslim group for the introduction of a non-extremist version of sharia law. …. In its submission, the Federation said while some Muslims saw sharia law as immutable, others argued it could be amended to respond to social change.
Social Democrat ditches Muslim holiday plan
Social Democrat party secretary Carin Jämtin has backtracked on the idea of giving Swedes a day off work to celebrate a Muslim holiday after her controversial proposal provoked a storm of criticism.
Warning sounded over polygamous Muslim marriages
The government has been told that it may be risking causing offence to Muslims living in Ireland who wish to engage in polygamous marriages.
Blasphemy case on Facebook adjourned
The petitioner …. arguing before the court said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Ministry of Communication completely has failed to detect the blasphemy on internet and especially on facebook.