Stories about Religion from September, 2007
Bangladesh: Yet another Muhammed cartoon controversy
Alpin is one satirical cartoon supplement of the Daily Prothom Alo, which claims to be the most popular Bangla Newspaper in Bangladesh. In the 6th page of its 431th issue a cartoon titled ‘name’ was published (on Monday, September 17, 2007) which created much controversy in Bangladesh. So what was...
Lebanon: Ramadan Kareem
A bountiful and peaceful Ramadan to all from Lebanon. In this post Moussa Bashir takes us to the homes of Lebanese bloggers who break their fast with their families, showing us their artistic side and how the pace of life changes for an entire month.
Sri Lanka: Monks and Politics
Transcurrents on the intrusion of Buddhist monks in politics in Sri Lanka.
Morocco: The King of the Poor?
Moroccans love their king - but do they love his daily budget? And what's going on during Ramadan? Jillian York has this week's update on the Moroccan blogosphere.
Saudi Arabia: Sex-segregated Sidewalks
Sex-segregated sidewalks could soon become the norm in Saudi Arabia, reports Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah, who links to a news article. “Did prophet Mohammed ordered to have two sidewalks; one for men, another for women? It’s ironic to think of having a ‘women sidewalks’… I mean, how will they mark...
Bahrain: Even Ramadan Is Sectarian
This week in Bahrain we focus on bloggers' responses to the start of Ramadan. A number of bloggers are frustrated that the start of the month varies according to the different sects. Others are bothered with the entire month itself. Ayesha Saldanha has more in this post.
India: First Day of Ramadan
Private Opinion blogs the first day of Ramadan.
Poland: Idiot's Guide to Polish Elections
The beatroot explains the Polish election to the masses: “Being an idiot is not a disadvantage when trying to understand the Polish political scene. In fact, it may be an advantage.”
The beatroot writes about the “non-issue” of Islamisation of Europe.
Russia: Sakhalin Muslims
Window on Eurasia writes about Sakhalin Muslim “traditionalists” and “radicals.”
Does anything good ever happen in Africa?
Our latest roundup of diverse topics and discussions taking place in the Sudanese blogosphere begins with a provocative question about Africa, which was posed to Sudanese blogger, Kizzie, "Does anything good ever happen there?"
Egypt: Season's Greetings
Ramadan Kareem, happy Rosh Hashana(Jewish New Year) and happy new Ethiopian Milenium to all my readers – is the message on Egyptian's Ibn Al Dunya blog.
Russia, Saudi Arabia: Hajj Quota
This year, more Muslims from Russia are willing to go on the hajj to Mecca than there are slots allotted by the Saudi authorities. Window on Eurasia writes about the problems inherent in this situation.
Bahrain: An Encounter with an Iraqi Girl in Syria
Bahraini blogger One in a Million (Ar) was in Syria recently, where she met an Iraqi girl, which gave her a lot of food for thought on the conditions of Iraqi refugees and the heartbreak the war on Iraq has brought them. Amira Al Hussaini translates her post from Arabic.
Israel: Coptic-Ethiopian Dispute
Gilad Lotan was in Israel recently and takes us to the heart of a 30-year-old dispute between the Ethiopian and Coptic churches over the the ownership of Dir Sultan, a structure found on the rooftop of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. “Today Ethiopian monks and one Coptic monk live...
Arabeyes: Countdown to Ramadhan – Part 2
With only a few days left before the start of the Holy Month of Ramadhan in the Muslim calendar, here's another bite at what bloggers from around the Middle East are writing about in preparation for the month of fasting.
Russia, Israel: Neo-Nazi
Sean's Russia Blog writes: “Russian youth’s embrace of Nazism doesn’t just happen in Russia. It’s also happens where one might not initially expect: Israel.”
Bahrain: Getting It Out of Your System…
We have a world of contrasts in Bahrain this week. The summer vacation is over, which makes some bloggers happy, and others miserable. Religious scholars – respect or despise them? One blogger compares blogs in the USA and in the Arab world. And our star post this week is a description of how to detox, Bahrain-style…
Oman: Niqab Experience
Oman Sky tells us about her experience with anonymity when wearing the face veil (Niqab).
Russia: Moscow Mosque's New Website
“Moscow’s Historical Mosque has launched a new Internet site as part of its outreach effort, but in an indication that Muslim leaders anticipate that the site will be hacked by opponents of Islam, the site’s organizers have linked it to three different addresses,” Window on Eurasia reports.
China, Russia: Deportation of Buryat Lama
Window on Eurasia writes on the deportation of a Buryat lama from China.