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Qur’anic Views on Dancing for Muslims

Doing some research into the Topic of Islam’s rules on dancing, I found an interesting Q&A website with Tafsir from prominent Sunni scholars. From the article, the author, Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, a Sunni Salafi cleric denounces music and dance because it provokes physical desires and whims. I’d have to warn anyone wanting to read … Continue reading »

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100 Women 2015: Life for Women in Islamic State’s Raqqa

BBC’s 100 Women of 2015 series has chosen a Syrian refugee from Raqqa. As misinformed mainstream media continues to insist on describing IS behavior as “traditional” behaviors of Muslims in the Qur’an and westernized communities of Muslims as having been liberated from barbaric traditions in the Qur’an, it is necessary to hear from refugees about life … Continue reading »

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France’s Anti-Muslim laws could have inspired the attacks.

When I first heard that Paris was the target of radical Islamic attack, I was at a bit of a loss for why. When the United States asked the U.N. for support, France was among one of the countries that attempted to block the Coalition from starting the Iraq War, so why would Isis target … Continue reading »

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Kerfuffle at Al-Aqsa Mosque

While we have not discussed Al-Aqsa Mosque by name in class, we have discussed that there are several religious sites that Muhammad is said to have visited in his lifetime. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of these sacred sites, sitting next to the Dome of the Rock, but frequently the pictures around the internet are of the building … Continue reading »

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The roar of Rumi – 800 years on

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Balkh, northern Afghanistan For many years now, the most popular poet in America has been a 13th-century mystical Muslim scholar. Translations of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s – better known as Rumi – verse are hugely popular and have been used by Western pop stars such as Madonna. They are attracted by his … Continue reading »

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Genghis Khan a Prolific Lover, DNA Data Implies

Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News February 14, 2003 Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world; according to a recently published genetic study, he may have helped populate it too. An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found … Continue reading »

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Mecca under threat: Outrage at plan to destroy the ‘birthplace’ of the Prophet Mohamed and replace it with a new palace and luxury malls

  According to the Gulf Institute, up to 95 per cent of the holy city’s millennium-old buildings have been destroyed Andrew Johnson Wednesday 12 November 2014 3K Print A A A The site in Mecca where the Prophet Mohamed is said to have been born is about to be “buried under marble” and replaced by … Continue reading »

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Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Genghiz Khan’s Tomb (?)

Archeology, Archeology, Asia, History, Science 6 November, 2014 Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan Genghis1 Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic … Continue reading »

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Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps

Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps More than 170 air strikes have been launched against Islamic State (IS) positions in Iraq in the past month in an attempt to halt the advance of the militant group. The US carried out 174 of them, while French jets joined the mission on 19 September, launching their … Continue reading »

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The world should welcome an independent Kurdistan

The world should welcome an independent Kurdistan In 1991, after the Kuwait War had ended, and as Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq’s 6-million Kurds, three arguments were made against American intervention on the Kurds’ behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: (1) Kurdish independence would spell the end of Iraq as a state, (2) it would embolden … Continue reading »

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