Showing posts tagged as "Islam"

Showing posts tagged Islam

30 Jun
Morocco eyes regional clout as a moderate Muslim model | Simon Martelli
Morocco is promoting its moderate version of Islam as a counterweight to the widening jihadist threat in the Sahara, training hundreds of imams from affected countries, but analysts question its motives.
The initiative is well-timed.
Islamist violence is plaguing Libya and Nigeria, Mali is still recovering from an Islamist takeover of half the country, and Tunisia is increasingly nervous about the return of battled-hardened nationals fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and Iraq.
Morocco has kept a tight grip on the religious sphere, which is closely tied up with the monarchy’s legitimacy.
FULL ARTICLE (Agence France-Presse)
Photo: milamber/flickr

Morocco eyes regional clout as a moderate Muslim model | Simon Martelli

Morocco is promoting its moderate version of Islam as a counterweight to the widening jihadist threat in the Sahara, training hundreds of imams from affected countries, but analysts question its motives.

The initiative is well-timed.

Islamist violence is plaguing Libya and Nigeria, Mali is still recovering from an Islamist takeover of half the country, and Tunisia is increasingly nervous about the return of battled-hardened nationals fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco has kept a tight grip on the religious sphere, which is closely tied up with the monarchy’s legitimacy.

FULL ARTICLE (Agence France-Presse)

Photo: milamber/flickr

28 Feb
"The Islamic community and Bosnian state officials should cooperate to engage non-violent Salafis, especially those returning from the diaspora, in dialogue so as to encourage integration."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

"Virtually no home-grown radicals have been involved in violence; the vast majority of attacks have been the work of émigrés or persons with documented criminal or psychological records."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

27 Feb
"The threat of fundamentalist Islam has been evoked repeatedly in Bosnia since several thousand mujahidin arrived in the early 1990s, though it is foreign to the great majority of the Muslim population."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Bosnia’s Dangerous Tango: Islam and Nationalism

7 Sep

In Istanbul, an Exhibition on Islam in China Accentuates the Positive | PRI’s The World

By Matthew Brunwasser

Muslims in China make up less than 2 percent of the population. But that’s still 23 million people, almost the population of Texas. And Zhang Jian from the Chinese state religious body, says the exhibition is meant to inform international audiences about the richness of Islamic culture in China.

FULL ARTICLE (PRI’s The World)

Photo: Main Prayer Hall at the Cow Street Mosque in Beijing

Credit: Kevin Schoenmakers/Flickr

30 Jul
Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains  |  Boston.com
By Paul Schemm/Associated Press
TUNIS, Tunisia—Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of “blasphemous” art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia’s flag.
FULL ARTICLE (Boston.com)
Photo: BRQ Network/Flickr

Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains  |  Boston.com

By Paul Schemm/Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia—Thousands of hardcore Muslims chant against Jews. Youths rampage through cities at night in protest of “blasphemous” art. A sit-in by religious students degenerates into fist fights and the desecration of Tunisia’s flag.

FULL ARTICLE (Boston.com)

Photo: BRQ Network/Flickr

17 Jul

Gilles Yabi on The Interview : Mali Crisis: Is there a way out? | FRANCE 24 

Armen Georgian meets Gilles Yabi, the West Africa Project director of the International Crisis Group, to discuss about the deteriorating situation in Mali. The Islamists have chased the Tuareg out of key towns, imposed sharia law, and last week destroyed ancient Muslim shrines they deemed un-Islamic in the UN world heritage-listed desert city of Timbuktu.

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