Guardians of Thrones: When women ruled the Muslim world | Qantara.de

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The ancient East knew many female leaders who were successful rulers of kingdoms, yet authority in the Islamic world was the exclusive preserve of men. Sons, brothers and grandsons were the only ones with a recognised right to inherit power. Nevertheless, Islamic history is riddled with severe crises that threatened to…

Britain’s ‘missing’ Muslim women — By Line Nyhagen on the Conversation com

Whether British citizens with Muslim beliefs are sufficiently committed to “British values” and to a “British way of life” is a topic of intense political and media debate. Now a new report on “Missing Muslims” launched by the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life on July 3 has challenged the allegation that Muslim citizens are disengaged from…

Muslim women’s segregation in UK communities must end: Cameron — IINA News org

London, (IINA) – A £20 million fund to teach Muslim women in the UK to speak English will tackle segregation and help them resist the lure of extremism, BBC reported, quoting British Prime Minister David Cameron. While there was no “causal connection” between poor English and extremism, language lessons would make communities “more resilient”, Cameron…

“Pluralist societies are about give and take” — Interview with Dr. Farid Esack of South Africa by Claudia Mende on German Muslims, Islam, Terrorism and more / Videos

Interview with Farid Esack: “Pluralist societies are about give and take” — by Claudia Mende on Qantara de ***** Farid Esack is a Koran scholar and Islamic liberation theologian from South Africa. He is one of the most renowned Islamic thinkers of our time. Claudia Mende spoke to him at the recent international “Horizons of…

Hamas appoints first English spokeswoman eyeing bigger say — CCTV China

GAZA, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza recently appointed a female English spokeswoman for the first time. Israa’ al-Mudallal, a 23-year-old woman from Gaza, speaks fluent English and lived several years in Britain. Isra Almodallal, the first spokeswoman of Hamas, is seen in her office in Gaza City, Nov. 6, 2013. The…

Malala Yousafzai honored at Harvard — The News com Pakistan

MASSACHUSETTS: Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year. Malala, an outspoken proponent for girls’ education, was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. (…) The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, paid…

Buddists and Muslims: Strengthening Communities in Conflict Areas — World Bank Project in Thailand’s Deep South

 August 13, 2013  – Livelihood programs, such as cooking and bird cage-making, are generating income and strengthening communities in conflict areas in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Conflict in Thailand’s southernmost provinces (known locally as the ‘Deep South’) has claimed more than 5,000 lives since 2004. Livelihood projects, such as bird cage-making, not only…

Video: Head to Head – What is wrong with Islam today? — Al Jazeera

Head to Head is Al Jazeera’s new forum of ideas – a gladiatorial contest tackling big issues such as faith, the economic crisis, democracy and intervention in front of an opinionated audience at the Oxford Union. ***** ***** Is there really a problem with Islam today? Critics see Muslim women as downtrodden and sectarian conflict…