“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…

Scholars call for laws to protect Arabic — Gulf News com

Arab countries urged to ensure that legislation related to the official language is implemented Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Nahyan in discussions with participants on the sidelines of at the two-day International Conference on Arabic Language at Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai. Dubai: Laws and legislations should be imposed by Arab countries to protect the Arabic…

Al Jazeera video: Head to Head – Do Arab men hate women? Mehdi Hasan challenges Eltahawy on her views regarding the status of women in Arab states.

With these five words in a controversial magazine article, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy shot to fame, unleashing a devastating critique of women’s rights in the Arab world. In the season premiere of Head to Head , Mehdi Hasan challenges Eltahawy on her views regarding the status of women in Arab states. Are Arab or Muslim…

Frieden durch Dialog: Volkmar Klein, MdB, neues Mitglied im Kuratorium des Zentralrates Orientalischer Christen in Deutschland (In German)

Anläßlich  der Landesdelegiertenkonferenz des Evangelischen Arbeitskreises der CDU Nordrhein-Westfalen nahm Volkmar Klein das ihm angetragene Ehrenamt an. Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete, der sich als Landesvorsitzender des Evangelischen Arbeitskreises (EAK) schon lange religionspolitisch engagiert, hat den Zentralrat in seiner Gründungsphase beratend und unterstützend begleitet. Klein wünschte in einem kurzen Dankeswort an die Abordnung des Zentralrates viel Erfolg für…

Oriental Christians in Germany: Providing a Diplomatic Bridge — Qantara and Deutsche Welle article by Günther Birkenstock on newly founded Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany

A new central council of oriental Christians has been formed in Germany to raise public awareness of the problems Arab Christians are facing in conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Egypt and Iraq. Günther Birkenstock reports Around 200,000 oriental Christians live in Germany – many of them already in the second or third generation. The newly founded…

Qantara de article : Russia, the US and the Syrian Civil War A Bloody Game of Chess — by Elias Khoury (a leading contemporary Arab intellectual and chief literary editor of An-Nahar Newspaper)

Courtesy of  Qantara de The Assad regime has succeeded in turning Syria into a chess board over which Russia and the US have locked horns as the blood and tears continue to flow. The losers in this stalemate are undoubtedly the Syrian people, writes Elias Khoury in his essay Bashar al-Assad has averted the threat…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

What is happening in Saudi Arabia? — Reset Doc Org article by Liisa Liimatainen explained on her book ‘The other side of Saudi Arabia: brave women and cyber-youth’, published in Finnish

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1932, does not have a constitution, a parliament or even written legislation. Religious and very conservative jurist-theologians decide on the destiny of the kingdom’s citizens based on their interpretation of the Koran and Islamic tradition. They represent the Hanbali school (madhhab) of religious law within Sunni Islam, linked…

Arab Comics: From Micky Mouse to Handala — Qantara de article by Anna Gabai

While Mickey Mouse is shrill and colourful, Handala’s stories are told in black and white. The Arab comic is an artistic and multifaceted form of expression. As well as being popular with children, it is also educational and it serves as vehicle for political criticism. Report by Anna Gabai Comics are currently experiencing a revival…

Transforming Arab Economies: Towards Knowledge and Innovation-Driven Development Strategies —World Bank Org Press release

Rabat, June 4, 2013 – A new World Bank-CMI-EIB and ISESCO report titled “Transforming Arab Economies: Traveling the Knowledge and Innovation Road” shows how an economy based on innovation and knowledge can help promote greater economic growth and spur competitiveness. The report, launched today in Rabat at an event organized with the Islamic Educational, Scientific…

From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History — by Mehri Khalil on Jadaliyya com

[Gallery 453: Iran and Central Asia (9th-13th centuries) of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Galleries of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. Image copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.] This is the exceptional collection in all America, and it is being neglected. I urge you to make the reinstallation…

Pictures from Cairo: A Revolution Tells its Own Story – Goethe de article on ‘Cairo Open City’ photo collection exhibition in City of Essen,Germany

While the media are presently focussed on civil war-plagued Syria, the exhibition Cairo. Open City at the Folkwang Museum Essen tells of the upheavals in Egypt. The images are not merely bearers of information, but also objects of study. By Lisa Mayerhöfer Protesters on Tahrir Square on 8 April 2011 (Photo: Mosa’ab Elshamy) Images of…

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents “New Sounds from Arab Lands” in Europe and United States — Press Release by AKDN Org

Tour Debuts Contemporary Arab Music Icons and Newly Commissioned Collaborative Pieces Supported by AKMI Video: New Sounds from Arab Lands More Information: http://www.akdn.org/music Geneva, 4 February 2013 – Five eminent performer-composer-improvisers from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon will tour Europe and the United States from 8 to 28 February 2013 (a full list of dates are…