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· March, 2009

Stories about Religion from March, 2009

21 March 2009

Israel: Preparing for the Passover Holiday

Azerbaijan: Novruz

Prohibited but celebrated discreetly during its years as a Soviet republic, Novruz is now one of the most anticipated holidays to be openly marked in Azerbaijan. Local and expat bloggers...

19 March 2009

Long awaited victory for Baha'is in Egypt

After many years of being denied the right to legal documentation, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court removed any grounds for preventing Baha'is from receiving proper official identity documents.

Morocco: Cutting Ties With Iran

Early last week, it was reported that Rabat had chosen to sever its ties with Tehran, after a diplomatic spat between Bahrain and Iran over a statement by an Iranian...

The Pope in Cameroon (2): Of Clerics, Corruption and Politics

The visit of the head of the Roman Catholic Church to Cameroon this March 2009 has ignited some Cameroonian bloggers to point the search lights on the political effects (if...

18 March 2009

Pakistan: Sari Makes A Comeback To Fashion

Maldives: Dissident And Anti-Islamic Sites Blocked

Several dissident and alleged anti-Islamic websites were filtered recently in Maldives. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs ordered the Telecommunication Authority of Maldives (TAM) to block access to those websites. Maldives...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Eye of God

17 March 2009

Trinidad & Tobago: Phagwa Pics

The Pope in Cameroon (1): Yaoundé Clean Up Controversy

Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Cameroon from 17 to 20 March 2009. This has led the government to take some radical clean-up measures, which have caused a lot of controversy...

Ukraine, U.S.: Aid to Chernobyl-Affected Area Hospital

16 March 2009

Egypt: New Fatwa on Divorce

Egypt: New Fatwa on Divorce

Saudi Arabia: Forty Lashes for a 75-year-old Woman for ‘Mingling’ with Men

A 75-year-old Syrian woman was sentenced to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from Saudi Arabia, for having two unrelated men in her house. The two men were also...

15 March 2009

Lebanon: “Help” censored

Iran: In Defence of the Bahá'í Minority

The Bahá'í minority in Iran has long been under pressure, and it seems the situation has become worse. Iranian authorities recently accused seven leaders of the Bahá'í faith of espionage....

12 March 2009

Arab World: Culture, Culture Everywhere

Across the Gulf various cultural festivals and literary events have been taking place in recent weeks, and in this post we hear from some of the region's bloggers who have...