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· June, 2009

Stories about Religion from June, 2009

Algeria: On France's burqa ban

Algerian-American blogger The Moor Next Door remarks upon France's intended burqa ban, saying, “The trouble the French may want to worry about is not the burqa as it is worn...

Morocco: The Last Jews of Essaouira

Reading Morocco mentions an article on the last Jews of the town of Essaouira but says of the discourse: “I am intrigued by the history of Jews in Morocco but...

Bangladesh: Does Qur’an really indicate big bang theory?

From Bangladesh Nirjhor Aloy discusses whether Qur’an really indicate big bang theory as claimed by some Islamic scholars.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Moving Buildings”

In one Bosnian town, a mosque was destroyed during the war in 1992, and a church was later built on the spot where the mosque used to be; soon, however,...

Pakistan: Rallying Against The Taliban

The Taliban presence in the tribal areas of Pakistan has been an issue of international concern in the War on Terrorism. In the aftermath of the 2007 siege of Lal Masjid,...

Ukraine: Blogging Priest Scandal

Profy writes about a scandal involving a Ukraine-based Russian Orthodox priest – LJ user abbatus-mozdok – whose blogging manners were deemed inappropriate by the church officials.

Jordan: Poet Accused of Apostasy

The Jordanian blogger behind Jad's Thoughts notes that a young Jordanian poet has been accused of apostasy by Jordan's Grand Mufti.  The accused poet included Qur'anic verses in romantic poetry.

Maghreb: Views on Iran

As the world watches events unfolding in Iran, Maghreb blogs have been following and commenting on the rapidly developing crisis there. Some questioned the motives behind the way western media...

Tunisia: Confronting Religious Violence

Tunisian blogger Hamid Zanar who writes on Reflexions of a Former Muslim [Ar], launches a virulent attack against religious violence and fundamentalism amidst accounts of renewed threats made against intellectuals...

East Timor: Church and homosexuality

The Roman Catholic Church has contributed to the further marginalization of gay citizens in East Timor, according to the East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin blog.

Pakistan: Mayhem in Peshawar

Peshawar is the capital of the North-West Frontier Province and the administrative center for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. It is located on the edge of the Khyber...

India: Treatment Of The Dalits

Amit Varma points to a picture by Ritesh Uttamchandani which brilliantly captures the treatment of people of the Dalit caste in India. The blogger comments: “I’d also bet that there...

Pakistan: The Islam Of Taliban

Pak Tea House quotes an woman from an IDP camp in Mingawera, Swat: “People outside Swat think we had Islam and Shariat. There is no Islam in Swat. The Taliban...

Russia: A “So-Called ‘Wahhabi’ Village”

Tanya Lokshina on “the so-called ‘Wahhabi’ village of Gudben” in Dagestan – at OpenDemocracy.net.

Africa: Gay and lesbian voices in African blogosphere

Despite being victims of politics and culture of exclusion in Africa, gays and lesbians on the continent have found a space to communicate and assert their rights: blogosphere. Haute Haiku,...

Caste Based Communities on Orkut Mirror India's Splintered Society

I have written before about Shiv Sena's militant approach towards Orkut communities critical of the party, its leader Bal Thakeray, or its Hindutva ideology. Caste-based communities on Orkut are another...

Haiti: Fr. Jean-Juste Laid to Rest

“People were there from the USA, Canada, and all over the Caribbean – people of different religions and cultures”: Haitian blogger Wadner Pierre attends the funeral of Father Gerard Jean-Juste.

Maldives: Much Ado About Anti-Burqa Laws

Hilath Online debates the recent buzz in Maldives politics on whether the government should ban Maldivian women from wearing Burqa.

Egypt: Will there be any action after Obama's Talk?

As expected, US President Barack Obama's speech was received with different and contradicting reactions in the Egyptian blogsphere. While many praised his eloquence, charisma, intelligence and awareness of Arab and...

Middle East: Bloggers React to Obama's Address

From being described as the "self-appointed world leader" to questioning his choice of speech venue to choosing to turn a deaf ear to his speech, blogs across the Middle East...

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