In a city of immigrants, Rotterdam’s Muslim mayor leads by example — By Letty Reimerink on Citiscope org | Watch videos on Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb

Aboutaleb is just one of the many forces that has turned Rotterdam into one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Long known as a working-class port and little brother to Amsterdam, this city of 600,000 is transforming its core with daring architecture, an entrepreneurial spirit and rich cultural vibe. Low rents (compared to Amsterdam) are attracting…

Farah Pandith: 1 Billion Muslims Under 30: More Conservative Than Their Parents?

Belfer Center Published on 2 May 2016 Farah Pandith, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project and formerly the first ever Special Representative to Muslim communities at the U.S. State Department, sits down with Aroop Mukharji to talk about how to curb the spread of violent extremism, particularly among Muslim youth. ->>>>><<<<<-

Treasure trove of Bamako: Mali is home to invaluable manuscripts that are being restored as part of a German project — Deutschland de

© picture alliance/Godong – Bamako Grand Mosque Inside the Bamako manuscript archive, which was modernised in 2013, lies what is prob­ably the most important collection of written testimony to the history of West Africa. In some 2,400 heavy metal crates are a total of 285,000 centuries-old manuscripts from Timbuktu and its surroundings. We have Abdel…

Aga Khan: We Can Achieve A More Cooperative World If We Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them — Huffington Post com article by Farah Mohamed

“The word ‘fragmentation’ seems to define our times.” During a visit with President Drew Faust, the Aga Khan looked through a photo book inside her Massachusetts Hall office. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer (…) With Friday’s attacks in Paris and Thursday’s attacks in Beirut, along with many others in recent months, the message of solidarity over…

“Freeing Islam from the clutches of the fanatics”- Navid Kermani′s Peace Prize acceptance speech —Qantara de| It was the saddest speech anyone had ever heard there

***** Read in Deutsch: “Den Islam aus den Klauen der Fanatiker befreien” – Navid Kermanis Frankfurter Friedenspreisrede ***** For the first time, Germany′s most important cultural prize has gone to a child of Muslim immigrants, the German-Iranian writer and Islamic studies expert Navid Kermani, born in 1967. According to Stefan Weidner, his combative speech may…