Category: Opinion

Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

| 21/11/2011 | 2 Replies
Are airline meals labeled Muslim Meals really Halal?

The MOML – “Muslim Meal” is just a meal “without pork and without Alcohol “(In the jargon Airline Caterer term it is called a “Non-Pork”-Meal). Everything else does not meet the Islamic dietary laws. It is also not the laid down claim that the meat would be Halal slaughtered or the ingredients are Halal-compliant.

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Opinion: Islam-centric branding and marketing essential for global businesses

| 18/11/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islam-centric branding and marketing essential for global businesses

Businesses are failing to make the most of one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, according to an international expert in Islamic marketing, Jon Wilson from the University of Greenwich. Islam-centric branding and marketing are essential for global companies, he argues, pointing out that Muslims make up a quarter of the world’s consumers.

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Opinion: Brands That Survive Will Be The Brands That Make Life Better

| 11/11/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Brands That Survive Will Be The Brands That Make Life Better

A new study of consumer engagement finds that companies that aren’t making a difference—to the world and to consumers—aren’t going to be around much longer. Instead of just making your product incrementally better than the competitor, you need to create impact.

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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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Opinion: Can We Really Speak of a ‘Muslim Consumer’?

| 29/10/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Can We Really Speak of a ‘Muslim Consumer’?

When it comes to the growing arena of marketing to Muslims, the big question that the marketing industry is grappling with is: can you really speak of such a thing as a single homogeneous Muslim consumer, regardless of where they are in the world?

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Where are the angel investors?

| 26/10/2011 | Reply
Where are the angel investors?

Malaysia has raised the profile of Islamic finance, takaful and the halal industry, and, now, it must do the same to venture capital (VC). VC is an important emerging asset class that should contribute to the government’s objective of building a knowledge- based economy by 2020. There were several important takeaways from the recently concluded International Venture Capital Symposium 2011.

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Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

| 19/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

The recent decision by Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to run and vote in municipal elections and become members of the Shura Council, a parliament that acts as an advisory council to the King but has no legislative powers, has huge implications for the status of women in Saudi Arabia.

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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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EU: HSBC’s Islamic unit says funds to exceed $10bn

| 18/10/2011 | Reply
EU: HSBC’s Islamic unit says funds to exceed $10bn

Demand for Islamic funds has risen in the past three to six months as the global economic slowdown prompted investors to seek alternative investments to help manage risk, according to Germain Birgen, Luxembourg-based global head of HSBC Amanah Securities. The unit will help set up more than 30 Sharia-compliant funds globally.

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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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