Stories about Religion from March, 2008
Elia Varela Serra reviews bloggers' reactions to one of the main news in the Bosnian blogosphere this week: the addition of the Višegrad stone bridge to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Also, she reports on the controversy caused by plans to build a memorial to the Serbian war victims in Sarajevo.
As Lhasa has supposedly quieted down, the anti-CNN.com crowd has gone off the deep end, that might be worth exploring more. The death threats they've been making towards Western media representatives stationed in China certainly haven't gone unnoticed. On Mutant Palm blogger Davesgonechina's list of links chosen in a move...
Five Rupees from Pakistan thinks that the traditional way of calling the faithful to pray – the Azaan is a bit outdated.
a bengali in TO has a look at Geert Wilders’ Fitna and finds it unimpressive and amateurish even for a rant.
Kamangir,an Iranian blogger, shares his idea about Geert Wilders’ famous video:”the video contradicts itself when at the end it asks for the Islamic ideology to be defeated. If that’s what you are asking for, Mr. Wilders, which I totally agree with you in it, then why offend billions of Muslims?”
La Dolce Vita takes a closer look at Geert Wilders, a Dutch right wing parliamentarian who is in the news for making an anti-Islam film.
Voice of South on a controversial anti-Islam film made by a member of the Dutch parliament.
Algerian Nouri Luhemiya writes about Kosovo and the Islamic Ummah.
The popular image of multi-culturalism as a mosaic, a salad bowl in which different cultures mix but keep their integrity, is misleading. Cultures are more like soups, flavored with many ingredients, some identifiable. –From the book ‘Cultures and societies in a changing world,’ written by Wendy Griswold. Taiwan has a...
Sanjar reports that recently the Anglican Church's Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams expressed that there was nothing wrong with the British legal system adopting some laws from Islamic shari'a and implementing them for British citizens of the Islamic faith.
Czechmatediary.com writes about the Bone Church of the town of Kutna Hora.
On Holy Friday in El Salvador, many faithful continue the tradition of creating sand carpets on the streets of the cities. Hunnapuh [es] collects images of these colorful creations.
During Easter weekend, Pope Benedict XVI baptized several adults into Catholicism. Among them was Magdi Allam, an Egyptian-born Muslim who has lived in Italy for more than half his life and is known as a critic of Islamic extremism.
“The confusion I come to is this – something new growing in we the people”: Guyana-Gyal says that her fellow Guyanese are “learning to live despite the threats of badness, despite the thought that any minute, Fine Man and he pack can savage again.”
Adventures in Wheelville marks Easter in Slovenia; Polandian writes about the “ingredients” of “the nationwide ‘holiday shuffle'” in Poland, and Kinuk describes her family's Polish holiday feast; Csíkszereda Musings writes about the first Easter of the two, which are “are over a month apart” in Romania this year; Bojan's Blog...
Ukrainiana writes about undesirable construction that is changing Kyiv – here and here (with photos and video).
Libertad writes about Islamic trends in Fergana valley and new religious group emerged in Kokand city.
Easter is a very important celebration both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, called Velikonoce - from Veliké noci or Great Nights. Although the religious connotations of Easter were suppressed under the communist regime, nowadays Czechs and Slovaks are again aware of the strong Christian background of Easter, although they regard it as mostly fun times. Many traditions are still observed, especially in villages. Several bloggers have been describing some of them.
Diamond in Sunlight shares with us her Easter Morning in Beirut.
Once one of the most popular Easter-time rituals in Brazil, the ‘Burning of Judas‘ is disappearing from the streets of Rio de Janeiro, as noticed Jorge Alberto [pt].
Eid el Mawlid en-Nabaoui, or the Celebration of the Prophet Muhammed's Birth took place yesterday in Morocco and throughout much of the Sunni Muslim world. It's an official holiday in Morocco, celebrated with street processions and other festivities.