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Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

“The halal industry will be looking for financial capital. Its size will become more noticeable if combined with Islamic banking,” said Dr Humayon Dar, Chairman, Edbiz, at the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2012 (GIFF).

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Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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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: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

Yes, Millennials still prefer cheaper food, and want it to be convenient. But they are also more willing to pay for fresh and healthy food, and are willing to go to great lengths to find it. And they are also more aligned with the “food movement.”

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Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

Whilst obviously you don’t have to be vegan to be Muslim you clearly do have to be just as discerning when buying products to keep to your moral/spiritual ideology. A commentary on the BBC’s ‘The Future is Halal’ programme.

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Opinion: More than just a blip on the virtual landscape

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: More than just a blip on the virtual landscape

Blippar has sought to rework the advertising experience using augmented reality. (As with many tech start-ups, the company has its own lingo: adverts, or “blipps”, are “blipped”, rather than scanned.)

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Opinion: Newspapers have a bright future with tablets, but digital advertising is an issue

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Newspapers have a bright future with tablets, but digital advertising is an issue

Tablets may be the talk of this week’s World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, but problems remain when it comes to digital ad revenues.

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US-Opinion: Not all Republicans are Islamophobes but all Islamophobes are Republicans

| 01/09/2012 | Reply
US-Opinion: Not all Republicans are Islamophobes but all Islamophobes are Republicans

Islamophobia in America is not innate, rather it’s the fruit of a decade-long hysteria against Muslims generated by a largely Republican machine comprised of pundits, conservative funders, media conglomerates and fiery politicians.

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Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

| 01/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

The unstoppable growth of halal products shows we are all fair game for marketers. A few years ago, the only “halal” signs one saw were on butchers’ shops, But now halal is turning into a global brand.

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Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

| 13/08/2012 | Reply
Meating the demand: The future of meat replacement proteins

As this demand grows, the need for reliable alternative sources to animal proteins from livestock is going to become vital. So what options does the food industry have when it comes to producing effective alternatives to meat products?

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UAE: From student to honoured guest

| 13/08/2012 | Reply
UAE: From student to honoured guest

Renowned American scholar Shaikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson returns to the country where he studied Islam over 30 years ago, reaching out to Muslims with words of wisdom and guidance.

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Malaysia: Capitalise on halal economy or risk being left behind

| 10/08/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Capitalise on halal economy or risk being left behind

With a growing global Muslim community, existing gaps in the local halal industry supply chain need to be addressed urgently to ensure Malaysia continues to be at the forefront of the halal economy and not seen as a laggard.

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Opinion: Halal industry: Pakistan has more potential than Malaysia to thrive

| 06/08/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Halal industry: Pakistan has more potential than Malaysia to thrive

Pakistan, with a huge Muslim population, stands a chance of becoming a global centre of excellence for halal business, if the government pays attention to this lucrative business sector.

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Opinion: Packaging as a source of halal food contamination

| 04/08/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Packaging as a source of halal food contamination

Packaging is an increasing source of Halal food contamination, according to Genetic ID Europe. This is due to the leaching of animal fat-based lubricants used in the production of some paper-based materials into packaged products.

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South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

| 03/08/2012 | Reply
South Africa: Christian Group Petitions Courts to Challenge Halal Labeling

The group objects to the fact that a wide range of food products are religiously labelled, and there should be alternative products available without these labels. The complaint mainly targets the halal labeling.

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South Africa: The Halal Kingdom

| 30/07/2012 | 1 Reply
South Africa: The Halal Kingdom

Although it holds the world’s smallest percentage of Muslims, there are grounds for asserting that South Africa has a highly advanced halal certification programme. The Rainbow Nation is considered one of the five largest producers of halal products worldwide.

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Opinion: Global travel industry gears up for Muslim tourist boom

| 29/07/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Global travel industry gears up for Muslim tourist boom

A study was conducted in 47 countries by Singapore-based halal travel specialist Crescentrating, along with DinarStandard, a US-based firm that tracks the Muslim lifestyle market. The availability of halal food tops the list of Muslim travellers’ requirements, according to the survey.

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Opinion: Connecting with Muslims

| 23/07/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Connecting with Muslims

While international PR firms have focused on development of business in the BRIC countries, Fleishman-Hillard reports that Muslims, “the single biggest market in the world,” have been largely overlooked.

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Opinion: What happens to your body during your fast

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
Opinion: What happens to your body during your fast

During a fast, your body generates its own energy by burning stored resources made from excess fats, carbohydrates and sugars to produce energy. Fasting is also a healing for the mind, body and soul in more ways than one.

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