Category: Research

USA: Where Kosher Meets Halal

| 29/12/2011 | 2 Replies
USA: Where Kosher Meets Halal

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what religious slaughter is, and it is being combined successfully by those interested in animal welfare with anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,” Dr. Regenstein, head of Cornell’s Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, said.

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UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
UAE at 40: Beyond the Bubble of Dubai

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is often associated with Dubai, billed as the financial and liberal capital of the Gulf. But behind this bright facade lies a shaky national identity, a rocky relationship with neighbouring Iran, and a long term political and less talked about military alliance with the US.

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USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

| 09/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Food Safety Eclipses Rising Food Costs as Top Food Story of 2011

Food safety tops the list of an annual survey asking Americans to choose the most significant food story of 2011. Even in a year when global food prices hit record highs.

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Viet Nam: Confab promotes Mideast trade

| 08/12/2011 | Reply
Viet Nam: Confab promotes Mideast trade

Exports were likely to reach approximately $2.4 billion by the end of the year, up 69 per cent year-on-year. Despite these encouraging results, Viet Nam was still faced with several barriers in fostering trade relations with the Middle East, such as cumbersome administrative procedures, political instability and insufficient market information, Hoøa said. They were also urged to win Halal certification, necessary if the firms wanted to effectively access the market.

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Europe: Halal certified food is on the upswing

| 02/12/2011 | 1 Reply
Europe: Halal certified food is on the upswing

Within the EU there are 16 million Muslims and throughout all of Europe approximately 54 million. Even though not all Muslims interpret the halal requirements in the same way and not all Muslims follow these rules strictly, the significance of the halal market is obvious.

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China’s Hui Muslims do not feel stigmatized

| 20/11/2011 | Reply
China’s Hui Muslims do not feel stigmatized

Some 10 million Chinese Hui Muslims, or about 50 percent of all Muslims in China, have no major complaints about their ability to practice their religion in communities where they live side-by-side with the majority ethnic group, the Han.

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The Richest, Fattest Nation on Earth (It’s Not the United States)

| 17/11/2011 | Reply
The Richest, Fattest Nation on Earth (It’s Not the United States)

Qatar is not alone in facing serious health problems. Its neighboring energy-rich states, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, which also have conservative social traditions and have developed rapidly over the last five decades, face similar challenges with inter-familial marriage. High rates of obesity, diabetes, and genetic illnesses abound in the region.

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UK: Women & Islam – The rise and rise of the convert

| 06/11/2011 | Reply
UK: Women & Islam – The rise and rise of the convert

Three-quarters of Britons who become Muslim are female. Now a major new study has shed light on the difficulties they face in adjusting to their new life.

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Malaysia: Malaysian Minister Urges Local Halal SMEs to go International in New Report Directory

| 25/10/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Malaysian Minister Urges Local Halal SMEs to go International in New Report Directory

Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) should seize the lucrative potentials within the burgeoning global Halal market as it is the epitome of the Blue Ocean strategy, said Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, deputy minister for the Malaysian International Trade and Industries Ministry, in an exclusive interview published in The International Halal SME Report Directory 2011/12.

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USA: Tolerant approach – Muslim Americans find ways to engage

| 19/10/2011 | Reply
USA: Tolerant approach – Muslim Americans find ways to engage

In August 2011 the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center released a report in which the key finding was that Muslim Americans are among the most integrated and successful citizens in the United States.

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The International Halal SME Report Directory 2011/12

| 14/10/2011 | Reply
The International Halal SME Report Directory 2011/12

Complementing the hard facts and figures, the 208-page A4-sized publication also highlights key players within the main Halal sectors within its premium listing section, as well as over 1,000 free listings of Halal-certified manufacturers of food, health products, ingredients, chemicals, flavourings as well as many other related industries from all over the world.

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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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France: State is not ‘Halal’: resentful immigrants turn to Islam in France

| 09/10/2011 | Reply
France: State is not ‘Halal’: resentful immigrants turn to Islam in France

Local communities in France’s immigrant suburbs increasingly organise themselves on Islamic lines rather than following the values of the secular republic, according to a major new sociological study.

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USA: New Muslim Market Study to be released at AMCC

| 06/10/2011 | Reply
USA: New Muslim Market Study to be released at AMCC

Attendees at this year’s American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC), which will be held on October 29th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ, will get an exclusive offer for DinarStandard’s in depth study titled, “American Muslim Market: Business Landscape & Consumer Needs”. DinarStandard is a prominent global Muslim market research and advisory firm specializing in the emerging Muslim markets.

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USA: From Wall St. to K Street: Protests Kick Off In Washington DC October 6

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
USA: From Wall St. to K Street: Protests Kick Off In Washington DC October 6

In cities like San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Memphis, Baltimore and beyond, people are joining forces in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street to demand an end to corporate dominance of America’s economic and political system that has left the poor and working class suffering under the weight of massive debt, joblessness, foreclosure and an uncertain future.

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Branding Halal – The Rise of the young Muslim consumer

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Branding Halal – The Rise of the young Muslim consumer

The Arab Spring is turning the Muslim world upside down, opening a whole new frontier for brands and marketers. The emerging Muslim consumer is young, tech-savvy and ready to engage, reports Ogilvy Noor’s Shelina Janmohamed and Nazia Du Bois.

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Muslim Pro Has 850,000 Downloads

| 02/10/2011 | Reply
Muslim Pro Has 850,000 Downloads

If you’re a Muslim who owns an iOS or/and Android-powered phone, you might consider installing the Muslim Pro app on your smartphone. It provides useful information for Muslims, including prayer times, an azan clock, the Quran, Halal restaurants, mosques, and the Qibla locator. And it is free!

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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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UAE-China trade grows 9% to $12.5b in 2010

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
UAE-China trade grows 9% to $12.5b in 2010

A UAE delegation will attend the China (Ningxia) International Trade and Investment Fair (CITIF) and the China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum running from September 21 to 25, 2011, at the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. UAE and China are exploring avenues to enhance the bilateral trade.

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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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