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All Posts Tagged With: "Islam"

Muslim Graves Desecrated for Third Time

The tombs of Muslim soldiers who served in the French army during World War I were desecrated on Sunday night in a cemetery in the north of France.

Dec 9th, 2008 | Comments

Court Rules Virginity not an Essential Quality

An appeals court in France reinstated a marriage between two Muslims who split up on their wedding night because the bride had lied about her virginity.

Nov 18th, 2008 | Comments

Saudi Arabia’s First Women’s University

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has announced plans to build the first women-only university in the kingdom, and vows that it will be the largest women’s university in the world.

Oct 31st, 2008 | Comments

Lesson Plans

These lesson plans and activities for middle and high school classes serve as a guide to exploring the themes of WIDE ANGLE films.

Oct 16th, 2008 | Comments

Shutdown of Moroccan Sheikh Sanctioning Marriage at Age Nine

Last month a religious leader in Morocco, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman al-Maghraoui, received a question on his website about whether a woman can get married before reaching puberty. He responded by issuing a fatwa, or religious ruling, saying it was lawful for a Muslim man to marry girls as young as nine years old.

Oct 8th, 2008 | Comments

Bedazzled Abayas

The clothing police are cracking down on streaks of vibrant color, bands of glittering crystal and sexy leopard skin prints popping up on the runway—or rather, in this case, in Saudi Arabia's marketplaces.

Oct 6th, 2008 | Comments

Faking Virginity: France and Islam Spar Yet Again

France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim population, and striking a balance between Islamic traditions and secular French values isn’t always simple.

Sep 25th, 2008 | Comments

New Arab Coalition Speaks Out on Darfur

The newly formed Arab Coalition for Darfur condemned the Muslim world for its silence on the atrocities in Darfur during the 35th Organization of the Islamic Conference, a meeting of the foreign ministers of 57 Muslim nations.

Jun 20th, 2008 | Comments

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Dishing Democracy: Full Episode

WIDE ANGLE goes behind the scenes at Arab television channel MBC in Cairo for an inside look at the hit all-female talk show, KALAM NAWAEM, whose hosts are using the power of transnational satellite TV to push social reform.

Jul 31st, 2007 | Comments

Pilgrimage to Karbala: Sunni and Shia: The Worlds of Islam

Globally, the Shia account for an estimated 10 or 15 percent of the Muslim population, but in the Middle East their numbers are much higher: they dominate the population of Iran, compose a majority in Iraq, and are significant minorities in other nations.

Mar 26th, 2007 | Comments

Pilgrimage to Karbala: Who are the Shia?: Battle of Karbala

The Shia rejected the authority of the Umayyad dynasty, claiming that the Umayyads were usurpers and demanding that leadership go to the direct descendants of the Prophet. The Shia rose in the city of al-Kufah (south of Karbala, in present-day Iraq) and, in 680 A.D., invited Ali's son Hussein to join them and be their leader.

Mar 26th, 2007 | Comments

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Turkey’s Tigers: Video: Full Episode

For years, Turkey's pious Muslims have been pushed to the fringes of the stridently secular country. Now Muslims are embracing capitalism and commerce.

Aug 22nd, 2006 | Comments

Turkey’s Tigers: Essay: Bordering on What?

The jostling together of European fads, age-old rural folkways and Islamic fervor has been a fact of Turkish life for a long time.

Aug 22nd, 2006 | Comments

Class of 2006: Data: Timeline of some prominent women in the Muslim world.

Following the death of the Prophet Muhammad, his third wife, Aisha bint Abu Bakar becomes one of four people to transmit the "hadiths," or the words and deeds of Muhammad considered by many Muslims to be important tools for discerning the Qur'an.

Jul 25th, 2006 | Comments
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