Category: Culture

Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

| 10/07/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market

As the Muslim community expands a growing number of Islam-related businesses are launching around the nation. They sell everything from clothing, music and makeup to toys, frozen dinners and cookbooks.

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Saudi Arabia Switches Its Weekend, Pleasing Businesses

| 25/06/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Switches Its Weekend, Pleasing Businesses

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has ordered most government bodies to switch to a Friday and Saturday weekend, overriding years of objections from religious conservatives about sharing a day off with Christians and Jews.

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Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global

| 18/04/2013 | Reply
Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global

The Arab world has given birth to many thinkers and many inventions – among them the three-course meal and coffee. The best coffee bean is still known as Arabica.

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Opinion: A Fake Self-Help Book on ‘Getting Filthy Rich’ in Asia

| 07/03/2013 | Reply
Opinion: A Fake Self-Help Book on ‘Getting Filthy Rich’ in Asia

An interview by Wajahat Ali with Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist which is soon to be released as a movie, about his latest book ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’. The novel explores the quirks of modern South Asia.

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Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

| 20/02/2013 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Pass the Tofu and Hold the Kebabs

In many Arab Muslim countries, a meal without meat is seen as substandard, not even a meal. A vegetarian’s dining experience can often become a quest to dodge the following attempts at corrective feeding: “Allah lets you eat meat, so you should eat it.”

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UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

| 26/11/2012 | Reply
UK: How Christians and Muslims can marry – the official guide

Christian pastors and Muslim imams have come together to draw up guidelines detailing advice on how to deal with inter-faith marriages. The new guidelines by the Christian-Muslim forum reinforce the need for religious leaders to accept inter-faith marriages.

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Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

| 15/11/2012 | Reply
Second generation Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious

An increasing number of second generation Dutch Muslims are visiting the mosque at least once a week, according to research published by the goverment’s socio-cultural policy unit SCP, DutchNews.nl said.

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‘Halal rap’: Morocco’s MC’s preach politics and conservatism

| 11/11/2012 | Reply
‘Halal rap’: Morocco’s MC’s preach politics and conservatism

Chekh Sar isn’t an upcoming Salafi preacher on one of the religious satellite channels proliferating throughout the Arab world. He is just a young rapper from the city of al-Rashidiya in east Morocco who used to be called Elias Lakhrifi.

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The Art of Narrative

| 09/11/2012 | Reply
The Art of Narrative

A 1-day workshop on with award-winning film maker Navid Akhtar that explores the DNA of documentary film making. Aimed at beginner and intermediate producers and directors who would like to grasp the key concepts from idea to distribution.

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Opinion: Malaysia’s commodified Islam

| 09/11/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Malaysia’s commodified Islam

The rise of religious commodification has been argued to go hand in hand with the emergence of ‘Islamic modernity’, a political and cultural sensibility whereby modernity is embraced alongside a commitment to Islam as part of the project of modernity.

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Opinion: Irishwoman Easkey Britton makes surf waves in Iran

| 04/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Irishwoman Easkey Britton makes surf waves in Iran

When Irishwoman Easkey Britton climbed onto a surfboard on a beach in Iran, the whole of the local village turned out to watch. Now, a documentary film about how she became the first woman to surf in Iran will be broadcast in France.

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Opinion: The Rise and Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

| 28/09/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: The Rise and Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

Indonesia has clear aspirations to be a world leader in Muslim fashion, and across the Atlantic, American Muslim fashion is thriving. It is on the move, and that move is growing wider, more popular and into the mainstream.

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Opinion: From MTV to Mecca

| 06/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: From MTV to Mecca

At the height of Kristiane Backer’s career, a chance encounter with cricketer Imran Khan took her to Pakistan and subsequently led her to convert to Islam. In this interview Kristiane talks about her new book on her journey and how Islam inspired her.

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USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: Halal cover-ups: One designer takes on fashion world

Designers love to push boundaries in the search for that sexy catwalk look, but Nzinga Knight, an American Muslim, takes an even more daring tack: covering her models up.

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UK-Opinion: In the Shadow of Fiction: How Television Is Making (Up) Muslim History

| 31/08/2012 | Reply
UK-Opinion: In the Shadow of Fiction: How Television Is Making (Up) Muslim History

Two educated responses to Channel 4’s insulting programme ‘Islam: The Untold Story’, that claims there is no historical evidence for the seventh century origins of Islam, which included many historically inaccurate hypotheses.

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Turkey: Commercial hub Istanbul to host ‘Halal’ conventions

| 30/08/2012 | Reply
Turkey: Commercial hub Istanbul to host ‘Halal’ conventions

Istanbul is preparing to host two large “halal” conventions in a row, as well as a series of smaller ones, as the Islamic world’s interest in Turkey expands beyond trade and tourism. The Tesettür Fair, an int’l modest clothing event kicks off Sept. 13.

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UK: £17.5m Cambridge mosque gets planning approval

| 22/08/2012 | Reply
UK: £17.5m Cambridge mosque gets planning approval

Planning permission was today granted for Cambridge’s £17.5 million new mosque after the designs were praised as “breathtaking”. The application was approved unanimously. Next target is to raise the £13 million construction cost.

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Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

| 20/08/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

Ramadan is also when Saudis talk, blog and tweet about what they are watching, and it’s a broader and spicier array of shows than outsiders might imagine.

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UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

| 17/08/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ramadan TV show stirs argument across Arab world

A TV drama about the life of a seventh century Muslim ruler, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, is polarizing opinion across the Arab world by challenging a widespread belief that actors should not depict Islam’s central figures.

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UK: The Future is Halal

| 16/08/2012 | Reply
UK: The Future is Halal

Is this burgeoning international industry simply driven by the desire for business profit or is it really supporting Muslim values? This BBC Radio 4 programme will be airing on Tuesday 21 August.

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