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· July, 2009

Stories about Religion from July, 2009

31 July 2009

Iran: Mourning the Victims of Protest

Thousands of Iranians gathered in Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran on Thursday to commemorate Neda Agha-Soltani and the victims of the protest movement. Dozens have been killed and hundreds jailed.

30 July 2009

Iran: Mourning the Green Movement's Victims

Haiti: Secret Funeral

Hijablogging: On Burqas and Bans

Although the practice of wearing hijab has been around since pre-Islamic times, the debate surrounding it has increased in recent years. Whereas in some countries, hijab is mandated, in others,...

27 July 2009

Czech Republic: New Mosque in Brno?

Fiji: Tension rises between government and Methodist Church

The months-long standoff between Fiji’s government and the country’s largest Christian denomination became more heated last week when police arrested, held and later charged seven Methodist Church officials and a...

20 July 2009

India: Chasing a solar eclipse

On July 22, we are about to witness the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century. The eclipse will be visible between 5.20am to 7.40am, from within a narrow corridor...

Cambodia, Thailand: Preah Vihear dispute continues

The ancient Temple of Preah Vihear rests on the Cambodian and Thai borders. Exactly which country can claim Preah Vihear has been a source of contention between the neighboring countries....

17 July 2009

Iran: “Death to Russia” at Friday Prayer

At a Friday prayer at Tehran University led by former president and cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani today, crowds of Mir Hossein Mousavi supporters defiantly chanted "Death to Russia" instead of "Death...

Pakistan: The power of the Fatwa

Cuba: Independent Journalists

Iran: Friday Prayer and a “video trick”

Iran: Rafsanjani calls political prisoners to be freed

15 July 2009

Egypt: The Egyptian Apostate

Egyptian progressive thinker, Dr. Sayed El Qemany was granted the State Award for Social Sciences. Egyptian liberals and seculars hailed the award while Wahabis and conservatives declared war on the...