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· July, 2008

Stories about Religion from July, 2008

Costa Rica: Towards a Lay State

Sergio from La Foto Salio Movida [es] believes that Costa Rica should become a lay state, which “would help us improve the political and social maturity….and that this would not...

Arabeyes: Moroccan woman refused French citizenship for burqa

Last week a French resident was refused citizenship on the grounds that she was “insufficiently assimilated.” The woman, referred to in the Press as “Faiza M.,” is a Moroccan citizen...

Madagascar: Family planning, baby-weighing and gospel choir.

Jayne Taylor Gaubatz, a Peace Corps volunteer blogger in the southern city of Fianaratsoa, describes the impact of a well-done family planning poster, the importance of baby weighing in tandem...

Iran: Several Iranian Churches on UNESCO's list

Kourosh Ziabari writes that several Armenian churches in Iran have been registered on UNSCO's World Heritage list.

Serbia: Cult of Milosevic

Sarah Franco of Cafe Turco and Jelena Markovic of Invisible Sights co-author a satirical text on “the cult” of Slobodan Milosevic.

Morocco to send imams to Europe

Daily Maghreb reports that Morocco will send 176 preachers to Europe to “answer the religious needs of the Moroccan community abroad, to protect them from any speeches of an extremist...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Anniversaries of Massacres

Every year, bloggers and journalists remind their readers of the tragic events that took place in Bratunac in 1992 and in Srebrenica in 1995. The truth is painful, but nobody...

France: Morrocan Woman Denied Citizenship

Blogger Sabria Jawhar writing for Arabisto comments on the recent French ruling denying citizenship to a Moroccan woman for wearing a “burqa”.

Bahrain: Anti-sectarianism initiative losing momentum?

Redbelt reports on a meeting hosted by a Bahraini newspaper with the aim of promoting a commitment to fight sectarianism and discrimination online – but with a low turnout by...

Morocco: Bring on the Gnaoua!

Every year in June, thousands upon thousands of tourists from around the world and Moroccans from all over the country flock to Essaouira, a small coastal city about 200 kilometers...

Turkey is Typing…Terrorists and Other Threats to the Nation

The past two weeks have been tough for the Republic of Turkey as they have been dealing with enemies from within. On July 9th, a terrorist attack on the US...

Saudi Arabia: Keep out of my space!

Nzingha is used to people keeping a physical distance from each other in Saudi Arabia – but she says that in Bahrain those boundaries of personal space are not respected.

Saudi Arabia: No Need for Doctors

Saudi Jeans comments on an article by a senior Saudi cleric arguing for less health and more religious studies programmes at universities.

Kuwait: Prayer Comment

Kuwaiti Frankom posts two pictures of people praying under the title ‘No Comment.’

Venezuela: The Tradition of the Dancing Devils of Yare

The Dancing Devils of Yare is a traditional expression of culture and religion that takes place 9 weeks after Holy Thursday in the state of Miranda in Venezuela. The ritual...

Saudi Arabia: Pious Wife Beating

From Cairo, Tom Gara posts a video [Ar] featuring a Saudi clergyman preaching on how to discipline wives. He adds: “This clip of a Saudi cleric explaining how to properly...

Africa: Summer Reflections (Thoughts from Mothers)

With this article, Paula Odhiambo salutes all mothers in Africa and reflects on children's compassion and giving, talking about sex with children and announces the birth of a blogger's baby...

Memorizing Quran and Hadist competition

The Indonesian government in association with the Saudi government will hold an Asean Musabaqah Hifdzil Quran wal Hadist/MHQH (Memorizing Quran and Hadist competition) this month.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Srebrenica Anniversary

Yesterday, on July 11, Bosnia and Herzegovina commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, which the International Court of Justice in The Hague referred to as genocide against the...

Pakistan: Women and Jihad

CHUP! on women gathering at the Red Mosque in Pakistan.

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