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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 in France today, but that such a ban, as the headscarf ban has done, will make the garment a greater...

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 there needs to be a little more constructive criticism of Jewish out migration from the country, especially to Israel; and...

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, the church will be moved “a couple of hundred meters away so that the mosque can be ‘rebuilt’ on its...

Pakistan: Rallying Against The Taliban

  24 June 2009

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, Islamist militant leader Maulana Fazlullah and his group Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi and Baitullah Mehsud‘s Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) formed an alliance. After that...

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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 covered the events; others criticized Mir Houssain Moussavi's reaction, but it seems that the majority are supporting protesters.

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Pakistan: Mayhem in Peshawar

  11 June 2009

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 Pass near the Afghan border. It is the commercial, economic, political and cultural hub of the Pashtuns in Pakistan and acts...

India: Treatment Of The Dalits

  11 June 2009

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 are hazaar (thousands of) people out there who wouldn’t see anything odd in that boy sitting under the table. Such...

Pakistan: The Islam Of Taliban

  10 June 2009

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 have finished it.”

Africa: Gay and lesbian voices in African blogosphere

  10 June 2009

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, our new author covering LGBT blogs in Sub-Saharan Africa, points to conversations taking place in gay and lesbian blogs.

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Caste Based Communities on Orkut Mirror India's Splintered Society

  9 June 2009

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 disturbing example of online communities mirroring the splintered nature of Indian society.

Haiti: Fr. Jean-Juste Laid to Rest

  9 June 2009

“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.

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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 Islamic history, more believed it was just the same talk they had heard from other presidents but in a better wrapping. Also, they almost all agreed they are waiting for "action" to prove the supposed "good intentions."

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 are reacting to US President Barack Obama's policy speech on the Middle East just delivered in Cairo, Egypt.

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