Category: Opinion

UAE: How Urbanisation is Changing Emirati Identity

| 18/10/2011 | Reply
UAE: How Urbanisation is Changing Emirati Identity

Today, the total population of the UAE has exceeded eight million with the nationals accounting for 923,000 of the total. Many UAE nationals privately dispute the figures of UAE nationals in the belief that the UAE population is less than the official estimate. A significant number of UAE nationals commute daily to the urban environments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi from the poorer emirates such Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

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Making Social Media Matter: Top Strategies For Meaningful Connections

| 14/10/2011 | Reply
Making Social Media Matter: Top Strategies For Meaningful Connections

Every day we see the ability of social media to power connections between brands and consumers. And if you work in digital or social marketing, PR, or advertising at a brand or agency, chances are you’re constantly trying to figure out where your brand or clients fit in.

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The next big challenge for social entrepreneurship

| 14/10/2011 | Reply
The next big challenge for social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship has become a buzzword today. But two broad trends may be changing the way we understand the concept. One is its Western orientation, and the other is corporatisation.

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Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

| 09/10/2011 | Reply
Is the US ready for ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’?

Influential American broadcaster Katie Couric has suggested a way to change attitudes to Muslims in the US. Pointing to the success in the 1980s and 90s of TV sitcom The Cosby Show in improving relations between African-Americans and whites, she argues that a Muslim version of the show may counter some Americans’ negative perceptions of the community.

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Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web

Before news aggregators, content curators, and Google’s omnipotent algorithm, the world’s information was sorted by real human beings. In the web’s next phase, argues The IdeaLists’ Karyn Campbell, the old-fashioned editor is poised for a comeback.

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USA: Kosher or Halal? American Muslims Debate Which Food Certifications To Follow

| 30/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Kosher or Halal? American Muslims Debate Which Food Certifications To Follow

Compared with the variety of foods deemed kosher, Halal certification has still not made major inroads in the US. Whether because of the relative dearth of Halal products and restaurants or simply as an ingrained habit from the days when there were virtually no Halal-certified foods, many American Muslims turn to kosher foods to satisfy their dietary laws.

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Brunei: Opinion-Slow Boat To Halal Certification

| 30/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei: Opinion-Slow Boat To Halal Certification

A look at the Halal logos and Halal certification in Brunei. Are they giving reassurance or doubt to the consumers?

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UK: Meeting Needs, Setting Precedents-Islamic Services in Britain

| 28/09/2011 | Reply
UK: Meeting Needs, Setting Precedents-Islamic Services in Britain

It has been widely recognized by mainstream private companies in Britain that the needs of the Muslim community need to be addressed and accommodated in order for businesses not to lose out on the ‘green pound.’ This article examines the different strands of practical services that have recently developed in response to Muslims’ needs across the UK.

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Consuming Islam – the Rise of the Halal Economy

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Consuming Islam – the Rise of the Halal Economy

“A vital characteristic of this flourishing capitalism is that is goes so much hand-in-hand with the resurgence of traditional Islamic belief. Those who live by Islam also demand Islamic goods; not just Halal food and headscarves, but Islamic housing, haute couture, banking, education, entertainment, media, consumer goods, and even vacations.”

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USA: Iowa Muslims say 9/11 backlash is real and hurtful

| 11/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Iowa Muslims say 9/11 backlash is real and hurtful

Following 9/11, long-standing relationships eased unwarranted backlash for Muslims in Iowa, but the same hasn’t held true elsewhere, members of the Islamic community say. “Prior to 9/11, Islam was never viewed as a threat,” said Bill Aossey, 69, of Cedar Rapids, president of Midamar Corp. “Why, after Sept. 11, because of the acts of a few individuals, has the administration demonized a billion and a half people around the world?”

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Opinion: The Ramadan Season is over – so what now for Muslim brands?

| 08/09/2011 | 1 Reply
Opinion: The Ramadan Season is over – so what now for Muslim brands?

In the UAE consumption shot up by 30 per cent on the eve of Ramadan. Some $2.2bn was spent on advertising in Ramadan in 2010. Some companies use as much as 78 per cent of their advertising budgets during this time. But once Ramadan and Eid have passed – then what?

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Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

| 02/09/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right

In October, the Dutch Senate will consider the ban on ritual slaughter enacted by the parliament’s lower house in June 2011. Self-described as “an institution that pays little heed to ideas which happen to be fashionable at the time,” the Senate has no one party that holds a majority. It will therefore be interesting to see whether it is able to protect religious freedom or succumb to the pressure to limit it through this law.

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Opinion: Ramadan-inspired Dates Index

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan-inspired Dates Index

Rushdi Siddiqui speaks about the theory of purchasing power, but presents it as something relatively simple and relevant that not only attempts to capture the purchasing power of (Muslim country) consumers, but also with something that is closely linked to historical Arabia and referenced in the Qur’an.

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Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Global brands, Islamic values

As more and more transnational companies look at expanding their footprints in the global Islamic market, which accounts for around 23 per cent of the world’s population and is projected to grow to about 35 per cent in the next 20 years, brand managers and marketing heads need to study and analyse the religion that dictates so much of public life and its associated values.

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UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

| 14/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Get busy during Ramadan

Dubai: Generating high workplace productivity while helping Muslim workers observe the tenets of Ramadan can pose challenges for companies, experts say. Reduced daily work hours for Muslim workers who are fasting can impact on output for business environments vying in a competitive global market place.

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Opinion: The moral decay of UK society is as bad at the top as the bottom

| 12/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: The moral decay of UK society is as bad at the top as the bottom

Criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up.

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Opinion: What turns people into looters?

| 11/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: What turns people into looters?

Many in the UK are reeling after days of images of brazen thefts and wanton damage during the riots, but just where is the tipping point when people think they can start looting?

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Opinion: Antidote to Anti-Shariah Movement

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Antidote to Anti-Shariah Movement

There are problems in all 240 countries of the world, but what is the point of importing the actions of few to spread fear amongst the many? Albert Einstein said it best, ‘Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition [instilling fear] from mediocre minds.’

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Opinion: As London Explodes in Riots, There Is a Context That Can’t Be Ignored: Brutal Cuts and Enforced Austerity Measures

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: As London Explodes in Riots, There Is a Context That Can’t Be Ignored: Brutal Cuts and Enforced Austerity Measures

Images of burning buildings, cars aflame and stripped-out shops may provide spectacular fodder for a restless media, ever hungry for new stories and fresh groups to demonise, but we will understand nothing of these events if we ignore the history and the context in which they occur.

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Opinion: Let them wear Gucci

| 10/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Let them wear Gucci

We are in a bubble where we have become accustomed to spending what we can, consuming what we have and coveting what we don’t have. However, there is now but a palpable sense of fear. People are threatened by a sense of impending economic collapse, knowing that the politicians will not, indeed, cannot protect them – on the contrary – they have already betrayed them time and again.

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