Tag: Islam

The Politics Behind the Hijab Ban

The Politics Behind the Hijab Ban

Political discourse in India is currently focused on the denial of some Muslim female students to their constitutional right of choosing to wear a hijab in classrooms at pre-university colleges — the equivalent to high schools. India Disappoints Its Friends and Admirers READ...

Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

Why Headscarves Matter So Much to Turkey

Many news outlets carried stories in mid-July of the Turkish government’s condemnation of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upholding a ban on headscarves in certain circumstances, in which an employer wishes to convey a “neutral image.” In doing so, it is weighing into the...

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

In France, Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 near Paris. He was a history teacher who had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad to his students in a lesson on freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. Paty’s killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, is an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. He arrived in...

What Should Muslims Sacrifice This Eid al-Adha?

What Should Muslims Sacrifice This Eid al-Adha?

At the end of July, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha, the second of the two great Islamic festivals. It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. God had mercy on him and spared Abraham from losing his son. Abraham sacrificed a sheep...

Shattering Stereotypes With Aga Khan IV and the Ismaili Community

Shattering Stereotypes With Aga Khan IV and the Ismaili Community

The rise of Islamophobia and the increase in hate crimes targeted at Muslims point to the lasting effect of Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis. Twenty-three years after the publication of his book, the image of a “violent and irrational” Muslim continues to...

Is Islamophobia on the Rise?

Is Islamophobia on the Rise?

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Peter Riddell, vice-principal at the Melbourne School of Theology in Australia. Islamophobia can be seen in a variety of ways. As a form of intolerance and discrimination, it risks affecting relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and...

Ramadan Is a Chance to Reconcile Relationships

Ramadan Is a Chance to Reconcile Relationships

While much is made of the physical aspects around fasting during Ramadan, the holy month represents a spiritual space for remembering and reinforcing relationships.  For many Muslims worldwide, May 17 marks the first day of Ramadan, the observance of abstaining from food, water and innate...

Get Ready To Be Inspired By These Successful Muslim Women

Get Ready To Be Inspired By These Successful Muslim Women

There is no shortage of Muslim women to inspire, encourage and motivate. It’s 2017 and Muslim women across the globe are breaking stereotypes. No matter where they are located or what industry they are involved in — sport, fashion or politics — they are getting themselves known and setting...

Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

For the US to understand the changing power dynamics in the Middle East, Iran’s historical arc and its guidance of Shia fundamentalism need to be understood. Since the election of Michel Aoun as president on November 1, a two-year political stalemate in Lebanon has concluded. His election...

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