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Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

| 05/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The West has much to learn from Islamic finance

Given they are barred from charging interest and must abide by a strict religious code, Islamic financial institutions are often dismissed by sophisticated western bankers as living in the dark ages. However, Islamic finance, a cash-rich sector, has much to teach the west’s financial system.

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Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

| 03/05/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Is Muslim fashion finally ‘on trend’?

It’s 2012. We’re bored to death with debates about the hijab. Why women wear it. All this talk neglects the role of fashion in the hijab’s popularity. It’s just easier to be a fashionable Muslim in Britain these days – walk down Oxford street and stereotypes of the hijab as bland and restrictive are laughable.

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Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

| 21/04/2012 | Reply
Can Islamic Finance Repair The Modern Financial System?

From humble beginnings in the 1990’s, Islamic finance has become a trillion-dollar industry. The market consensus is that Islamic finance has a bright future, owing to favourable demographics.

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Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: A New Platform of Hope for Arab Youth

The Arab world today is home to more than 100 million young people between 15 and 29, representing 30% of the total population, with hopes, plans and the desire to work.

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Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

| 04/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Can China Make Its Cuisine and Finance Friendly to Muslims?

The Hong Kong Tourism Board reports that in recent years, the number of Middle Eastern visitors to the region has grown by as much as 20% annually. How the Chinese have been able to adjust to these Muslim visitors can be seen in Hong Kong, where many of these business people go through.

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Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the making, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

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Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Political bias against halal meat market

Pakistan’s private sector and commerce ministry have miserably failed to capture even a small share of the global halal market because of indifference, lethargy, poor business vision and short-sightedness.

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USA: Brands Can Win by Tapping Muslim Market

| 29/03/2012 | Reply
USA: Brands Can Win by Tapping Muslim Market

Despite an immense diversity of cultures, governments, and economies, Islam binds Muslims together in their daily lives, including consumption choices. The global halal market is worth $2.1 trillion today and is growing at an annual rate of $500 billion.

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Opinion: Half-a-trillion-dollar Halal industry looks for credibility

| 27/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Half-a-trillion-dollar Halal industry looks for credibility

But it’s a market strewn with confusion, as separate Muslim countries try to establish recognised standards and producers from outside the Muslim world also hurry to enter the market. That leaves many Muslim consumers crying out for reliable brands that will help them guide their choices.

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Opinion: Is it investment? Or a land grab?

| 26/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Is it investment? Or a land grab?

Priming it is a rush by China, India, South Korea and Gulf petro-economies to snap up land abroad to secure their food supplies. But who is buying land where – and what they are doing with it – may never be fully answered, for many transactions are never publicly announced.

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Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

Most Islamic countries are being left behind in social progress as compared with other nations. There are essentially five reasons for this situation.

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Opinion: Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs

| 14/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs

Today is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm – first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London – I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

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EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

| 19/02/2012 | Reply
EU: State-mosque relations in Europe, the other half of the story

Just over 1 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims reside in Western Europe, yet this minority has had a disproportionate impact on religion and politics in its new home. Approximately one out of every 25 Western Europeans is Muslim.

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Opinion: Building halal brands

| 11/02/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Building halal brands

The race is on to establish powerful international ‘halal brands’. But it’s a market strewn with confusion, as separate Muslim countries try to establish recognised standards and producers from outside the Muslim world also hurry to enter the market. That leaves many Muslim consumers crying out for reliable brands that will help them guide their choices.

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The future of ritual slaughter in the U.S.

| 13/01/2012 | Reply
The future of ritual slaughter in the U.S.

‘Meatingplace’ contacted Joe M. Regenstein, professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, to discuss recent issues and the future of ritual slaughter in the United States.

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Opinion: The Muslim consumer: building your brand for a fast-growing segment

| 05/01/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Muslim consumer: building your brand for a fast-growing segment

Here are three tips on engaging with this lucrative, untapped and potentially very loyal consumer base: focus on finance, fashion and food.

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Opinion: Blessed Meat

| 27/12/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Blessed Meat

Ali Berlow Editor, ‘Edible Vineyard’ It was truly blessed meat. Over every animal held in arms and slaughtered, a prayer was said as the swift, sharp deed of taking life in sacrifice was made. There is no denying the gravity of these transforming moments when man, animal, prayer, blade and blood meet. Life is messy […]

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USA: Brand Courage and the American Muslim Consumer

| 09/12/2011 | Reply
USA: Brand Courage and the American Muslim Consumer

The Arab Spring is opening a new frontier for brands, but American marketers may want to look a little closer to home. Ogilvy Noor’s Shelina Janmohamed reports that engaging America’s 7 million Muslims takes courage, but pays dividends.

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Opinion: How To Pray Five Times A Day With A Busy Work Schedule

| 02/12/2011 | Reply
Opinion: How To Pray Five Times A Day With A Busy Work Schedule

Working as a news wire journalist, I was often spending upwards of 10 hours a day in the office or at conferences, interviews and meetings, barely able to make time for a lunch break. If I wasn’t working, my time was divided between house chores, errands, family and friends, and exercise. I was punctual with everything in my life, except that I was late five times a day.

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Opinion: Meet the Futurists: the new Muslim consumer

| 02/12/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Meet the Futurists: the new Muslim consumer

“Islamic Marketing” or “Islamic Branding” as it’s colloquially known is fast becoming one of the most hotly debated topics intoday’s marketing circles. ‘Halal’ is moving beyond the conventional good, wholesome and pure. It is extending to beauty, pharmaceutical and even tourism.

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