Islam en Veil ban to take effect in France <p> PARIS &mdash; Critics say&nbsp;President Sarkozy is using the religion debate to obscure the reality that his ruling party is lagging in polls.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe France Presidential Election 2012 Islam Nicolas Sarkozy France Europe World Religion Sat, 02 Apr 2011 12:29:51 +0000 Mildrade Cherfils 5633586 at How Bohra Muslims set themselves apart <p> MUMBAI &mdash; The brightly colored garb worn by traditional Bohra women is one of the many ways the community differentiates itself from other Muslims.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam World Religion India Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:56:00 +0000 5637262 at Pakistani men acquitted over Mukhtaran Mai's rape case <p> The 2002 case drew international attention because the victim chose to speak out about her ordeal and thereby became a symbol of the fight for women&#39;s rights in Pakistan. She was named one of the TIME&#39;s Asia Heroes in 2004.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Women's rights Pakistan Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:24:44 +0000 News Desk 5639308 at Indonesian hardliners can't let bin Laden go <p> JAKARTA &mdash; Still, many on the streets of Jakarta say bin Laden&rsquo;s death is positive. They hope it will restore the image if Islam as a religion of peace.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Qaeda Islam Osama bin Laden War World Religion Indonesia Wed, 04 May 2011 19:48:00 +0000 Sara Schonhardt 5642479 at Luxury hotels compete for the Muslim market <p> DUBAI &mdash; Hotel owners across the Middle East are designing hotels that cater to Muslim guests by adhering to Shariah, or Islamic, law.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Travel/Tourism Business Entertainment Food & Drink World Religion Middle East Thu, 02 Jun 2011 10:07:22 +0000 Mona Alami 5648696 at Iran's parliament says Ahmadinejad's oil ministry takeover was illegal <p> The parliament&#39;s vote against Ahmadinejad was the most recent development in the escalating tension between Iran&#39;s president and his onetime mentor, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iran Islam Oil World Leaders Politics Middle East Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5648704 at China: Does it have a radical Islam problem? <p> BEIJING &mdash; China&rsquo;s relationship with its 22 million Muslims is so complex and convoluted that there is basic disagreement over what makes an Islamic extremist.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Qaeda Islam Osama bin Laden Uighurs World Religion China Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:20:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5649116 at Al Qaeda used to have big plans for Asia <p> BANGKOK &mdash; Now, Indonesian radicals are largely concerned with ridding their own nation of democracy, not establishing a global caliphate per Al Qaeda&rsquo;s vision.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Qaeda Islam Osama bin Laden World Religion Indonesia Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:22:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5649124 at Iran cracks down on "un-Islamic" dress, which includes necklaces worn by men <p> The new dress-code enforcement plan in Iran, with its ban on men wearing necklaces, comes shortly after the parliament proposed a bill to criminalize dog ownership</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gender equality Iran Islam Travel/Tourism World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:35:00 +0000 News Desk 5651236 at Saudi Arabia women drive cars to protest ban <p> Last month, a woman was arrested and spent more than a week in jail after driving a car.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gender equality Islam Travel/Tourism Women's rights Middle East Saudi Arabia Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:10:00 +0000 News Desk 5651804 at Bearded Mickey Mouse cartoon stirs anger in Egypt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian and one of Egypt's richest men, has apologized for tweeting cartoons of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in conservative Muslim attire. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Egyptian telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris has come under fire for tweeting cartoons of Mickey Mouse in a conservative Islamic beard and <a href="">Minnie Mouse in a face veil</a>.</p> <p> Sawiris, who is a Coptic Christian and one of the country&rsquo;s richest men, had re-posted the <a href="">Mickey Mouse cartoons</a> on Twitter.</p> <p> The images show Mickey Mouse with a full beard and wearing a traditional Arabic robe. Minnie Mouse is wearing a niqab &mdash; a full-body veil &mdash; with just her eyes visible. She is identifiable by her large ears and hair ribbon.</p> <p> The images were already circulating online before Sawiris re-posted them.</p> <p> <a href="">Sawiris apologized on Twitter</a> for tweeting the cartoon and said he meant no offence.</p> <p> &quot;I apologize for those who don&#39;t take this as a joke, I just thought it was a funny picture; no disrespect meant. I am sorry,&quot; he tweeted.</p> <p> Ultraconservative Islamists in Egypt, known as Salafis, called the cartoon posted by Sawiris on Twitter a mockery of Islam.</p> <p> More than 60,000 people have joined Facebook groups condemning him. One of the Facebook groups is named &quot;We hate you Mickey Sawiris,&quot; and depicts Sawiris as Mickey Mouse. The group&#39;s motto is: &quot;No to mockery of Islam.&quot;</p> <p> Lawyers from the Salafi movement, which is a purist Islamic sect, have filed a formal complaint against him, and there are calls for a boycott of his businesses, including his telecom company Orascom, which owns Egypt&rsquo;s largest cell phone company, Mobinil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coptic Christians Egypt Facebook Islam Twitter World Religion Weird Wide Web Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:07:00 +0000 News Desk 5661225 at Jews and Muslims protest Dutch vote to ban ritual animal slaughtering <p> If the law is enacted and enforced, it&#39;s likely that observant Jews and Muslims, who butcher animals according to stringent centuries-old rules, would have to import meat from abroad, stop eating it altogether, or leave the country.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Islam Netherlands the Netherlands Europe World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Health Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:13:00 +0000 News Desk 5661566 at Thailand's elite bomb squad: keeping up with the insurgents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>A bomb expert investigates a car and it blows up in his face. This is what the military is up against in Thailand's deep south.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Oltmanns </div> </div> </div> <p>South and central Thailand &mdash; Only those physically and mentally fit enough to keep up with the insurgency&#39;s shifting tactics make it onto the force in Thailand&#39;s deep south, where there are about 25 bombings a month.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="720" height="405" alt="Thailand&#039;s elite bomb squad " src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:07:27 11:21</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("2bc5b1731b28a", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Buddhism Islam On Location Conflict Zones Military World Religion Thailand Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:21:00 +0000 Mark Oltmanns 5671563 at Iranian woman blinded, disfigured by acid pardons attacker (VIDEO) <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At last minute, Ameneh Bahrami stops "eye for an eye" punishment for man who threw acid in her face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An Iranian woman who was disfigured and blinded in an <a href="">acid attack</a> in 2004 said Sunday that she stopped an &quot;eye for an eye&quot; punishment for her attacker at the last minute because &quot;such revenge is not worth it,&quot; according to CNN.</p> <p> Ameneh Bahrami had demanded qisas, a retributive form of justice under <a href="">Sharia law</a> that is rarely used, but a report said she gave up that right at the last minute, BBC News reported.</p> <p> In 2008, a court supported Bahrami&#39;s demand that Majid Movahedi be blinded as punishment for attacking her and blinding her. Movahedi threw acid in Bahrami&#39;s face and blinded her when she rejected his offer of marriage seven years ago. She was disfigured and blinded in the attack.</p> <p> A doctor was going to drop acid under legal supervision into Movahedi&#39;s eyes on Sunday, according to Fars News Agency, to punish him for the acid attack, CNN reported.</p> <p> Bahrami halted the action only minutes before it was carried out, and Movahedi had been given an anesthetic, she said.</p> <p> Global human rights groups had asked Bahrami, who had requested the <a href="">eye for an eye</a> justice in the court, to pardon her attacker, according to the Guardian.</p> <p> The Guardian reported:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color:#d3d3d3;">&quot;I feel very good. I&#39;m happy that I pardoned him,&quot; Isna quoted her as saying. &quot;For seven years I&#39;ve been trying to pursue retribution and to prove that the punishment for an acid attack is retribution but today I decided to pardon him. This was my right but in future the next victim might not do the same.&quot;</span></p> <p> Bahrami asked instead for financial compensation on Sunday, an option she had been unwilling to consider before.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gender equality Iran Islam legal World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Weird Wide Web GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:28:40 +0000 News Desk 5671935 at Iranian acid victim spares her attacker from same fate <p> The woman had stood above her attacker in hospital as a doctor prepared to drip acid into his eyes</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Middle East Mon, 01 Aug 2011 10:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5671955 at