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Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

By Nicolas Gattig Long ago, in another life, I went to a mosque in San Francisco to attend Friday prayer. More than the calling of Islam, it was a Libyan woman who beckoned me, and for the sake of family blessing, I considered a love conversion. Enamored and clueless, I checked out the scene —

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

By Jack Jenkins It’s not altogether unusual to find anti-Islamic rhetoric in conservative circles these days, but a particularly vitriolic breed of Islamophobia was on full display on Monday at the Heritage Foundation, where speakers at a panel mercilessly mocked and berated a Muslim student who asked about religious diversity. The event was ostensibly convened to discuss

Muslim woman has MP hopes

Muslim woman has MP hopes

By Cherie Howie New Zealand could soon have its first female Muslim MP. The Herald on Sunday understands Hamilton chartered accountant Anjum Rahman performed well at a recent Labour Party conference, and is expected to be ranked inside the party’s top 30 candidates for the September 20 general election. In 2011, Raymond Huo was number

A Muslim Entrepreneur Follows a Kosher Model to Mainstream Success

A Muslim Entrepreneur Follows a Kosher Model to Mainstream Success

By Samuel G. Freedman During the early months of 2010, Adnan A. Durrani found himself frequently thinking of kosher hot dogs. To be more precise, he was thinking of an ad campaign for them created decades earlier by the Hebrew National company. Its well-known slogan went, “We answer to a higher authority.” Let it be

In Tennessee mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

In Tennessee mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

By Charles C. Haynes After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson, and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn., can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear — at least in the courts. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed in

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

By Shabana Mahmood To quote Shirley Bassey, I am what I am. And what I am is a Muslim. And in answer to the most common questions I get asked when people discover I’m a practicing Muslim: Yes. Yes. Yes. No. (Do I pray? Do I eat only halal? Do I observe Ramadan? Do I

Islamic finance — by the book

Islamic finance — by the book

By Robin Wigglesworth This spring, a clutch of politicians, civil service mandarins, bankers and overseas dignitaries gathered in the gilded halls of the UK Foreign Office’s Lancaster House in west London. Unusually for such a gathering, there was not a glass of wine in sight. For this was a reception designed to celebrate London’s credentials as

Visitors Fault Sept. 11 Museum’s Portrayal of Islam

Visitors Fault Sept. 11 Museum’s Portrayal of Islam

By Sharon Otterman After the vivid audio recordings, diagrams and personal artifacts that take visitors minute by minute through the Sept. 11 attacks, and before the images of recovery workers combing through rubble, a small section of the National September 11 Memorial Museum is devoted to explaining Al Qaeda and terrorism. A seven-minute video installation narrates a

Muslim Leaders Condemn Boko Haram In Letter Led By Representatives Ellison And Carson

Muslim Leaders Condemn Boko Haram In Letter Led By Representatives Ellison And Carson

By Yasmine Hafiz Today, Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Representative André Carson (D-In.) led American Muslim leaders in a call to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau that slammed the recent kidnappings of Nigerian schoolgirls that have generated an international outcry. Ellison and Carson are the only Muslim members of Congress, and they condemned the actions that

Halal Hysteria: It’s About Muslims, NOT Animal Welfare

Halal Hysteria: It’s About Muslims, NOT Animal Welfare

By Dr. Chris Allen Here’s a controversial statement: the recent anti-halal hysteria has nothing to do with the welfare of animals. It’s just good old-fashioned Islamophobia. This is not to say that some people don’t have sincere concerns about the way in which animals are slaughtered: they do. But these are not the people now