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ASMA hosts WISE Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Over 200 Muslim women from around the world were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) Conference. The women, comprised of activists, academics, religious scholars, lawyers and community leaders gathered to launch initiatives targeted towards ending violence and empowering their communities around the globe.
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Ethar El-Katatney wins CNN African Journalist Award - MLT, Egypt
"Ethar Kamal El-Katatney, reporter for IBA Media, received CNN's MultiChoice African Journalist Award for her article "The Business of Islam," submitted into the Economics and Business Award category..."
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Mona Eltahawy writes on the WISE conference in Malaysia - MLT, USA/Egypt
"Tina Turner was wrong — we do need another hero. Especially fearless women.
As a special gift for my 42nd birthday I met two such women in Kuala Lumpur, where we were attending the Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a program aimed at improving the status of Muslim women worldwide..."
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Yasir Qadhi on BBC's Doha Debates - MLT, USA
Yasir Qadhi spoke against the motion, "This House believes that Muslim women should be free to marry anyone they choose" during BBC's Doha Debates in Qatar.
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Sayyed Nadeem Kazmi writes on President Obama's Cairo speech - MLT, UK
"As President Obama was speaking in Cairo, I was returning from Damascus, where the epically titled 'The Message of Peace in Islam' international conference was just ending. Whilst to its credit the British Foreign Office had, in partnership with the Syrian Ministry of Awqaf, brought together hundreds of British and Arab interlocutors, a subject as large and vague as 'peace' within Islam was inevitably going to be a little contrived and unfocused..."
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Rushda Majeed writes on Banning the Burqa - MLT, USA/India
"President Obama, addressing the Muslim world at Cairo, said that Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab as a covering for the head are no less equal than those who don't. President Sarkozy of France, in a more recent speech, seemed to have no time for nuances..."
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Naif Al-Mutawa writes on Concentration Camps and Comic Books - MLT, USA/Kuwait
"When I was 20 years old I boarded a train for Auschwitz.
The year was 1992. Courtesy of 10 years at a predominantly Jewish summer camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I was probably the only Arab child that ever grew up fearing the Holocaust. I took the initiative of seeing with my own eyes a place whose existence is held to be an absolute truth by some, so much so that its denial is punishable by law in some countries. Nonbelievers have told me that it didn't exist. Typically this debate is about heaven. What I saw was hell..."
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Cordoba Initiative Online Portal Seeks Contributors!
The new Cordoba Initiative Online Portal has been launched. If you write regularly (or semi-regularly) on subjects relevant to:
- Gender relations in Muslim societies
- Muslims in the West
- Muslim youth
- Free speech and Islam
- Religion in the context of Muslim-West relations
- Political issues in Muslim-West relations
...you could become a CI online contributor! Your opinion pieces, blog entries or other contributions will be featured in a special column on the newly launched CI website. For more info, email Kamal at firstname.lastname@example.org.