Stories about Religion from November, 2007
Egypt: Sudanese Teddy Bear Scandal
Heard about the teddy bear scandal? The Arabist, from Egypt, has more.
Egypt: Syrian/Iranian Alliance
“Interesting interview with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leader, suggesting Syria would abandon Iran alliance if the regime fell,” notes The Arabist, which links to the interview here.
Kuwait: Xmas Bazaar
The Stallion from Kuwait posts an announcement about an upcoming Christmas Bazaar in Kuwait.
Albania: Death Rites
Living in Shkoder writes about Albanian death rites.
Russia: Muslims on the Web
Window on Eurasia writes about Russia's Muslims’ internet presence.
Poland: Satire and Chastity
The beatroot writes about the recent Spanish royalty cartoon scandal and the Polish google bomber's case – as well as the church's initiative to make “chastity trendy” in Poland.
Bahamas: Paradise Lost?
Craig Butler at Bahama Pundit likens the current state of the island to John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Russia: ‘Siloviki’ on Hajj
Window on Eurasia writes about 15 Samara siloviki (“Muslim officers in the Samara branches of the Russian Federation procuracy, militia, FSB and other ‘special services'”) to go on hajj this year.
Bangladesh: Know your enemy
At 3rd World View, Rezwan takes a closer look at the reactions of some groups towards aid coming in from the US for the victims of the cyclone.
Azerbaijan: Armenian Cemetary Deaths
Quoting various news sources, Blogian reports that three Azerbaijanis have died while trying to remove the wall surrounding an Armenian cemetery to make room for a new road.
Kaukasus posts photographs of the God's Mother Church in Darba, Kakheti, Georgia.
Lebanese: Indentification by Sect
Lebanese blogger m. accuses the BBC of following the crowd, and identifying people it interviews by their sects.
Jordan: No Thanks. I am Muslim.
Jordanian blogger Qwaider argues that observing Muslims should politely refuse offers of alcohol and pork saying that they don't want it instead of apologising for being Muslim.
Bahrain: Losing its identity?
This week in Bahrain we have opinions on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit, a blogger's dilemma about whether to have a female friend, another getting stuck between his wife-to-be and her family, a call for more Islamic bloggers, and a fear that Bahrain won't stay Bahraini for much longer...
Arabeyes: Halal Pork?
Islam, like Judaism, bans its adherents from consuming pork. But what happens when rumours about 'Halal' or religiously sanctioned pork appear in the market? Here's what some bloggers and participants in an online forum from Bahrain have to say.
Egypt: Baha'ii Rights Film Available
A film on Egyptian Baha'iis is now available online for downloading, announces Mideast Youth.
Egypt: Is God There?
“Why was I born into this life in the first place? I didn't choose that. I didn't and don't think i would have chosen to live such a life full of confusion. Is God there or is he not? Should i be Muslim or Christian or Jewish or Baha'i or...
Morocco: Women's Stories from Around the Globe
This week, Moroccan bloggers share their interest in issues affecting Muslim women around the world. From the treatment of gynecologists in Iraq to new workforce development initiatives in Morocco to rape sentencing in Saudi Arabia, Jillian York has the story.
India: Patriarchy and Mythology
Days in a Wannabe Punks Life takes a closer look at Hindu mythology, goddesses and the element of overarching patriarchy.
Ukraine: Reflections on Charity Tennis Tournament
Michelle Knisley of Scenes from the Sidewalk writes on what the recent charity tennis tournament meant to her personally and to the homeless kids in Kyiv.
Iran: Arrest and Destruction
The Iranian government has continued its policy of repression against women's rights activists and Sufi Muslims in recent weeks. Maryam Hosseinkhah, a women’s rights activist and journalist was arrested a few days ago, and a Sufi Muslims’ Center was destroyed by security forces about one week ago.