Stories about Religion from June, 2007
Iran: Rushdie and Bin Laden
Mohmmad Ali Abtahi,blogger and former vice president criticised both Queen Elizabeth and Islamists for attributing titles to Salman Rushdie and Osama Bin Laden. The Queen made Salman Rushdie a Knight and some Islamists call Bin Laden, Seifallah, God's Sword.
Lebanon: Legends of St George
Lebanese Laila Abu Saba shares her research on St George in this post.
Trinidad & Tobago: Short Term vs. Long Term
“In a world where everything happens faster, are we as a species focused more on short term success than long term success?” KnowProSE.com explores the question.
Egypt: GVO Wins Praise
Global Voices Online has been cited by Baha'i Faith in Egypt for linking to it and for “reporting on several other pressing human rights issues in Egypt.”
Syrian Blogsphere: Reform, Arab Nationalism and Travel
Why was a Syrian student blogger sued in the US? What should the Syrians do in Lebanon? Where is Arab Nationalism leading us to and what do you feel when you pack five cities into 11 days? These are some of the issues Syrian bloggers were talking about in this week's review by Yazan Badran.
Egypt: Freedom of Worship, Blogs to the Press, Anti-torture Campaigns Continue and More
In this week’s round-up from the Egyptian blogosphere, I am highlighting freedom of worship from two blog posts by Big Pharaoh and Baha’i Faith in Egypt, how an Egyptian blogger has started covering blogs for a weekly newspaper in Egypt, how anti-torture campaigns by bloggers extend to one of Egypt’s coastal cities and finally a technological tip by Greendata blog for Facebook users.
Trinidad & Tobago: The Wind and The Temple
Multimedia artist Elspeth Duncan posts video of Trinidad's Temple on the Sea.
Jamaica: Personal Space
“From the beginning of slavery, there has been a war fought over black bodies and black space and because we have been victims in the past, we have conceded our space and our right to that space and it has had a debilitating effect on our self-esteem.” Jamaican Geoffrey Phlip...
Morocco: Telecoms, The Blogging Grand Prix, and Reactions to Salman Rushdie's Knighthood
Blogging has indeed become a popular Moroccan pastime, with new blogs cropping up every day. Pointblog.com (fr), a self-described magazine of blogging, reports on the first Grand Prix des Blogs:” Une centaine de blogueurs marocains a participé au 1 er GrandPrix des Blogs organisé par le portail Bayn. Khadija Housni,...
Egypt: Quranists Arrested
Several members of a “Quranist” group — people who reject the hadith and present a reformist practice of Islam based entirely on the Quran — have been arrested in Egypt, according to The Arabist.
Algeria: America's Muslim Army
“Arab and Muslim are not the same thing, in America or anywhere else,” notes Algerian blogger Nouri here, in a commentary on an article by the BBC entitled: America's Muslim Army.
Peru: Celebrating June 24 – San Juan and Inti Raymi
June 24 is a very special date in many parts of the world, because in addition to being the longest day of the year, it coincides with the summer solstice (which is why it is the longest day of the year). From the wikipedia entry on the solstice: A solstice...
Sudan: UN-AU Troops in Darfur, Ridiculously Expensive Nursery School, Wildlife Returning in South Sudan and Reactions Towards Sudanese Gay Blogger
It has been awhile since the previous round-up of the Sudanese blogosphere but I am now back with another one covering a variety of topics including angry reactions towards a new blog by a Sudanese gay.
Palestine: A Classic Case of Divide and Rule?
With so much happening on the ground, this week many of the blogs by Palestinians, and those focused on Palestinian issues, have kept their attention on the ongoing events in Gaza. Ayesha Saldanha reviews what Palestinian and other bloggers had to say about the civil war in Gaza, the World Refugee Day and conversations over picking thyme.
Pakistan: Islam and Salman Rushdie
Metroblogging Lahore tells us why the knighthood for Salman Rushdie is wrong.
Bahrain: Are Taxes Un-Islamic?
Money matters feature high in the posts of Bahraini bloggers this week, writes Ayesha Saldanha. Other issues being tackled include: Are taxes un-Islamic? Is culture and art appreciated in Bahrain? And how hot does it really get in the Middle East in Summer?
Iran:Khatami says he did not shake hands,really?
Mohammad Khatami, former president, denies that he shaked hands with several Italian women.He also added the video film showing him shaking hands with Italian women is fake.This video film was visited by 61000 people on You Tube.The Italian man who has made this film,says the film is real and explains...
India: Stereotypes and Veils
Indian Muslim Blog on the controversy surrounding a Presidential candidate's comments on the veils and the Mughals.
Egypt: Different Muslim Brotherhoods
How many baskets should you put the Muslim Brotherhood into? Issandr El Amrani from The Arabist answers that question here.
Arabeyes: Arabs Should Talk to Each Other Rather than the West
Arabs should open up avenues of dialogue amongst themselves before starting conversations with Europeans and the West, writes Batir Wardam from Jordan. Why? He explains his stance in the following post, where he sheds light on why Arabs cannot communicate with each other, let alone with those of different opinions in their own countries.
Pakistan: No Sir for Salman
The Pakistani Spectator on why the knighthood conferred upon Salman Rushdie is not acceptable.