Celebrating Sabbath in Iran: the Islamic Republicʹs Jewish minority — By Jan Schneider on Qantara de | Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world

Iran is home to the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. Jan Schneider visited the Jewish Musazadeh family in Tehran to share in their Sabbath celebrations The Yusuf-Abad district is home to Iran’s largest synagogue, which – as with all synagogues in Iran – cannot be recognised as such from the outside. And yet…

4 facts about religion in New Zealand — PEW Research Center

New Zealand’s small but growing Muslim population is in the news of late after a terrorist attack left 50 dead and dozens injured at two mosques in Christchurch last week. Many have expressed shock that these attacks could occur in New Zealand, where crime rates are low, mass shootings are rare and people are largely…

Clashes erupt as Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday — IINA News Agency

File image Jerusalem (IINA) – The Israeli occupation forces on Sunday morning stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the gates of al-Magharebia, al-Silsilah (the gate of Chain) and Al-hatah, and assaulted the worshippers stationed inside the Mosque, triggering the eruption of clashes inside the Mosque. The occupation troops stormed al-Qibli mosque and assaulted the guards and servants…

Guide: Syria’s diverse minorities — BBC com

The anti-government uprising in Syria is widely understood to be staged and supported by members of the majority Sunni Muslim population, with lesser representation from other religions. Christians have enjoyed religious freedom in Syria but face an uncertain future There is a fear that the unrest – which began in March 2011 as part of…

Rouhani accommodates Iran’s Jewish students — Al Monitor com

Thanks to the government of President Hassan Rouhani, as of Feb. 4, Jewish students officially no longer have to attend school on the Sabbath. This is an important step by the Rouhani administration to welcome Iranian Jews.   Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abadi, head of Iran’s 8,500-strong Jewish community, poses in front of a new memorial…

Iran’s Christians celebrate Christmas — Al-Monitor com

As Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is also observed in Iran, a predominantly Muslim nation where Christians make up less than 1% of the country’s approximate population of 77.5 million.   Summary Many of Iran’s Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6, but the holiday is becoming popular across Iran and many…

Who are the Iraqi Kurds? —Research by PEW Research org plus video on the pluralistic and diverse Kurds throughout the History and other related information

In the continuing conflict in Iraq, Kurds frequently are mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as one of the key groups involved in power struggles for which sharp religious divides have played a major part. But while the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not…

Video: Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council – 6/23/14. Also read: ‘What Made Saudi Arabia Panic at the UN Human Rights Council?’

  Published on 23 Jun 2014 Saudi Arabia tries, three times, to stop Center For Inquiry representative Josephine Macintosh from delivering a statement critical of their repeated assaults on freedom of religion, belief, and expression at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 23, 2014. More information and background about the incident:…

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…

New Delhi, 10-12 October: Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries — Reset-Doc org

New Delhi, 10-12 October: Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries ***** Download: 10-11-12 October 2013 – CONFERENCE PROGRAM (pdf) Venice-Delhi Seminars, 10-12 October 2013 Venue: India Habitat Centre and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India The Venice-Delhi Seminars are Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations project, in cooperation with the Jamia Millia…

Religious freedom has ‘trickle down effect’ on rights: Tory MP – By Taline Bedrossian at Embassy Canada

Religious freedom has ‘trickle down effect’ on rights: Tory MP Ambassador to head feds’ new religious freedom office. ***** Societies that protect religious freedom are more likely to protect other fundamental freedoms, says a high-ranking Conservative MP. “I believe that religious freedom has a trickle down effect on other freedoms,” Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister…

Tajik President, the Aga Khan discuss cooperation issues – Asia Plus News

DUSHANBE, April 4, 2012, Asia-Plus  — His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, paid a short visit to Tajikistan on April 4. “snip” In the course of the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan expressed gratitude to President Emomali Rahmon for an official registration of the Ismaili Center,…