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Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

By Thomas Seal The government could soon issue its first taxpayer-guaranteed sukuk, marking the UK’s entry into the lucrative, rapidly expanding market of Islamic finance, which was until now exclusive to Muslim countries. But what are sukuk and why are they important? Sukuk (plural of ‘sakk’) are essentially government bonds that must comply with the

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

By Samina Ali If you had to write your entire life’s story in six words, what would those six words be? Seems impossible, right? I mean, how can anyone sum up an entire life with just six words? As a novelist, I understand this initial gut response: at least 300 pages and 100,000 words are

People of the Book ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an,’ by Denise A. Spellberg

People of the Book ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an,’ by Denise A. Spellberg

By Kirk Davis Swinehart Divining a man’s beliefs from the books in his library is a perilous business. And when that man happens to be Thomas Jefferson, it’s like trying to staple vinaigrette to the ceiling. The third president, an omnivorous bibliophile, owned perhaps as many as 10,000 titles. He also was a reticent man

Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

Mighty, Muslim and Leaping Off the Page

By George Gene Gustines With most superheroes, when you take away the colorful costume, mask and cape, what you find underneath is a white man. But not always. In February, as part of a continuing effort to diversify its offerings, Marvel Comics will begin a series whose lead character, Kamala Khan, is a teenage Muslim

Drone strikes: tears in Congress as Pakistani family tells of mother’s death

Drone strikes: tears in Congress as Pakistani family tells of mother’s death

By Karen McVeigh The family of a 67-year-old midwife from a remote village in North Waziristan told lawmakers on Tuesday about her death and the “CIA drone” they say was responsible. Their harrowing accounts marked the first time Congress had ever heard from civilian victims of an alleged US drone strike. Rafiq ur Rehman, a

David Cameron to unveil plans for £200m Islamic bond

David Cameron to unveil plans for £200m Islamic bond

By Nicholas Watt David Cameron will on Tuesday pledge to make London one of the world’s “great capitals of Islamic finance” when he unveils Treasury plans to create a £200m Islamic bond by early next year. In a speech to the first meeting of the World Islamic Economic Forum to be held outside a Muslim country, the prime minister

Malala’s Muslim Faith: A Voice Of Islam For The Next Generation

Malala’s Muslim Faith: A Voice Of Islam For The Next Generation

By Yasmine Hafiz Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for standing up for the education of girls and has electrified the world with her determination and courage in the face of ignorance and hate. She’s also the voice of Islam’s next generation of moderate Muslims. Though only 16 years old, the charismatic teenager fearlessly articulates

Raja Teh: The West could learn a lot from the principles of Islamic financial practice

Raja Teh: The West could learn a lot from the principles of Islamic financial practice

By Raja Teh The recent banking crisis in the West has thrust Islamic finance into the limelight as we seek alternative models that will be robust in the face of further credit onslaughts. Much has been written about how Islamic banks withstood the financial assault when compared to their conventional counterparts. If that is true,

Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones

Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones

By Dylan Stableford Last week, Amnesty International released a report on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, concluding that as many as 900 civilians might have been killed and 600 seriously injured in the attacks since 2004, when the controversial program began. The United States launched between 330 to 374 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and September 2013,

Eid al-Adha 2013

Eid al-Adha 2013

Now that the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, is complete, Muslims all over the world are observing Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. These “days of remembrance” feature a feast honoring Abraham who, according to Muslim tradition, was prepared to sacrifice his son Ishmael before God sent a ram in his place. To