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Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, gave a talk on London’s historical connections to the Arab world. A good bulk of the talk, however, went into the history of the Muslim presence in this city. Today, at the beginning of Ramadan, it is great to see the vibrancy that that history has led to.

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Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

| 04/08/2011 | 3 Replies
Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – which was accompanied by a fatwa declaring GM halal – came as a shock to some in the wider Muslim community who consider GM a deviation from god’s creation.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

| 01/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

Ramadan is a period of introspection for Muslims and Islamic financial institutions to better observe Islamic teachings, appreciate our blessings and be moved to action by the burden of others.

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Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

The logistics of the Halal industry show a dynamic market in the Muslim world. Halal products’ rate of growth, undoubtedly, indicates areas creating opportunities for investment and food national security. Halal food products and their supporting service providers will have to work harder to ensure participants meet Halal requirements.

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Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

What’s the matter with kids today and why doesn’t anyone want them around? In June, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other major airlines to consider similar policies.

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Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: How Gate Gourmet is trying to raise its game in airline meals

With many taking their summer holidays now, and flights full to places all around the world, here is an article on that famous airline meal that we all dread but still look forward to when we are the trapped recipients of it.

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Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Ramadan guide for non Muslims

A short guide on the Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan if you are a non Muslim visiting or living in a Muslim country.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods sets up its own specially branded restaurant outlet

This year the company has decided to establish its own “A’Saffa Restaurant” on the site of the Khareef Festival ground providing tasty, healthy and 100 per cent pure Halal snacks at great value prices.

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Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

Religion and the environment may at first seem to be two mutually exclusive phenomena; but looking at the history of the religion, as well as the way people govern their lives, just might provide a much-needed solution.

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Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Branding and the Revolution 2.0

In mid 2011, Ogilvy Noor undertook a large multi-country research on the Muslim consumers around the world while undercovering their habits and views on faith. The research provided some insight into the feelings, emotions and aspirations that guide the Muslim youth across the globe.

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Opinion: Innovation and Islamic finance

| 13/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Innovation and Islamic finance

To date, Islamic finance has reached, at best, 2-3 per cent of 1.6 billion or 48 million Muslims, while the halal industry has not only great reach, including non-Muslim countries, but deeper penetration. What can Islamic finance learn from halal industry?

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Opinion: You Had Me at ‘Halal’

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: You Had Me at ‘Halal’

USA: By Lori Coman I recently had the pleasure of meeting the highly engaging and extremely energetic Maria Omar, director of media relations for the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Maria was manning their booth at the National Restaurant Association Show … the second time IFANCA exhibited there. They’ve been a presence […]

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USA: A (Uni)Vision For Life After A Mass Market

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
USA: A (Uni)Vision For Life After A Mass Market

No longer can American businesses get away with chasing a single group of consumers—that is, whites.The challenge for businesses is to figure out the best way to cater to the growing numbers of Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and the fastest-growing group of young Americans, the 4.2 million under 18 who call themselves multiracial.

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Opinion: Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion:  Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

Global food prices will more than double within 20 years as a new age of crisis forces the collapse of our broken global food system, said Oxfam today. The international development agency said Europe is sleepwalking as the world enters into an unprecedented and avoidable reversal in human development.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

| 06/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry and the media

Latest thoughts from Rushdi Siddiqui, thought leader and Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, on the convergence of Islamic Finance and the Halal industry.

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Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

| 02/06/2011 | Reply
Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

Anuga is a global food and beverage fair held every two years in the Koelnmesse Convention Center, Cologne, Germany. Anuga’s unique concept of featuring 10 specialized trade show segments in one location has been highly successful in matching exhibitors with their right target audience.

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Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

Dubai seems to be a place where the worst of western capitalism and Gulf Arab racism meet in a horrible vortex. The Indian consulate in Dubai has revealed that at least two Indian expats commit suicide each week. There is something deeply sinister about Dubai luxury.

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Opinion: Gen Y and Islamic finance

| 23/05/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Gen Y and Islamic finance

There is an increasing disconnection between Islamic finance, the Halal Industry and the Muslim customers of tomorrow: the youth.

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Change is essential to attract the best talent

| 24/04/2011 | Reply
Change is essential to attract the best talent

Banks must take up projects that will bring smiles into the lives of people in order to connect with today’s generation. Unless Islamic finance is made relevant to young people, it will struggle to gain popularity and grow in strength in the future.

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Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

| 04/04/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

The halal industry has failed to convey its business model to Islamic finance in the language the latter understands: financing real estate, tangible assets, etc. Instead, Islamic finance, with its own issues on the lack of standardisation hears repeatedly about halal issues like ingredients, stunning, lack of certification consensus, etc. i.e. controversy!

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