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· August, 2010

Stories about Religion from August, 2010

29 August 2010

Angola: “Alambamento” and Marriage Practices

In Angola, there is quite strong cultural tradition of the asking of the hand of bride in marriage, called alambamento. Considered by some more important that the civil or christian...

India: A Message To Pastor Jones

South Asia: Bloggers On The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

The recent debate on the planned Islamic Center/Mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, USA has been reverberated in many blogospheres around the world....

Libya: Charity in Islam

28 August 2010

Morocco: The Sublime Sufi Revival

The rhythms of a Sufi revival are passionately reverberating through the corridors of Morocco, and they are not going unheard, especially by the nation’s youth.

Egypt: Ramadan Television and the Muslim Brotherhood

This year in Ramadan the Egyptian TV decided to produce a series about the opposition party Al-Ikhwan (The Muslim Brotherhood). The TV series, which is called El Gamaa, tries to...

Russia: Mari Paganism and Charges of “Extremism”

26 August 2010

Malawi: Bloggers discuss freedom of speech and 2014 election

Malawian bloggers are currently discussing the nomination of Malawian president's brother as the ruling party presidential candidate for 2014 elections and recent arrest of a Presbyterian senior pastor Rev Levi...

21 August 2010

Bulgaria: Discovery of John the Baptist's Relics Causes Political Scandal

The discovery of what's believed to be St. John the Baptist's remains last month caused a political scandal and gave rise to a passionate debate in the Bulgarian community. Ruslan...

Morocco: When Sarkozy “Proposes” a French Version of Ramadan

When Ahmed wrote his satirical blog post about a completely fictional announcement by president Nicolas Sarkozy intending to impose a French version of Islam on French Muslims, he never imagined...

18 August 2010

Morocco: Fasting Versus Individual Liberties

For most Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is a time of peace, of reflection, of family and faith. But for those who have given up on religion, Ramadan can...