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Mustapha Buhendi: Muslims, Christians and Jews created a discriminatory discourse

Rabat - The national library in Rabat hosted an academic conference earlier this week on "religious discourse in Morocco between innovation and tradition." It was organized by the Moroccan Youth Network in collaboration with the Moroccan Center of Youth and Democratic Transition sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation. Three panelists participated in the colloquium, including Professor Khadija ...

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Jesus Never called Himself God: American Scholar

Washington- In Bart Ehrman’s latest book, he examines how a Jewish preacher from Galilee became God and comes to the conclusion that without this claim, Western civilization as we know it today would be completely different. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an American New Testament scholar, has written more than 20 books, including fou ...

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University of Wyoming to Celebrate 2014 Islam Awareness Week

By Adil Bentahar Laramie, Wyoming - The Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Wyoming (U.S.A.) is organizing the Annual Islam Awareness Week on 7-13 April, 2014. The main goal of this event is to provide the Wyoming community educational and cultural opportunities for a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. Activities scheduled for this year’s Islam Awareness Week include a cultural di ...

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Israeli Newspaper: Palestinian Land Doesn’t Belong to the Jews

Taroudant, Morocco- According to the Palestinian Safa News Agency, the Hebrew language newspaper Yated Ne'eman published an article Thursday morning under the title: "This land is not registered in the Land Registry for the people of Israel," refuting the Israeli and Jewish people’s claim to the land. The newspaper, which is affiliated with the United Torah Judaism movement, a Jewish orthodox movement, pose ...

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Creation of the Lunar Observatory of Muslims in France

Casablanca - No more division among Muslims in France concerning the dates of religious celebrations. The French Muslim community has recently established the Lunar Observatory of Muslims in France (OLMF). The OLMF is composed of five teams divided between Paris, La Rochelle, Bayonne, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulon. The five teams were formed by Thierry Legault, a renowned international astrophotographer. The ...

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Morocco: The Call to Prayer Viewed by an American

Boumalne Dades, Morocco - The call to prayer is an experience unlike any other. It is a unifying experience to have something that reminds a country to stop, reflect and thank a higher power for all that has been given to them. In the last few years I have lost my faith in organized religion, but there is something about the call to prayer that gives me chills. For the next two years I will be immersed in t ...

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Fatwa of Saudi Sheikh Authorizes “Chemical Castration” for Sex Criminals

Taroudant, Morocco- In an attempt to combat sexual harassment or sex crimes, a Saudi religious scholar has advocated chemical castration as a punishment for sexual predators. According to Alquds, Saud Bin Abdullah Al Fanisan, a former dean of the Sharia College at the Riyadh-based Imam University, said that sexual abusers should undergo chemical castration to put an end to sex crimes. Through a telephone ca ...

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FEMEN activists Interrupt an Islamic Conference Held in Berlin

Taroudant, Morocco- Three FEMEN activists interrupted an Islamic conference held Thursday March 20 in Berlin in the framework of the Berlin Islam Week event, according to the Dailymail. The same source said that the FEMEN activists “charged into the hall with slogans attacking 'religious oppression' and Sharia law daubed on their bodies.” The images showed three topless protesters on stage before the speake ...

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Italy: Unknown People vandalize Mosque, Burn the Quran

Taroudant, Morocco- According to the Italian newspaper Ilmessaggero, “Moschea della Pace” the mosque of peace in the city of Rieti in the Lazio region, 80 kilometer from Rome, Italy, was damaged Sunday night by unknown people. The newspaper said, “Unknown people burned the sacred Koran, stole money, destroyed the paintings and writings relating to Islam and turned upside down the place of worship inside the ...

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Morocco orders the monitoring of Syrians in mosques

Rabat - Syrians in Morocco use mosques in many cities to raise topics that disturb the holiness of the place, according to Moroccan daily Sahifat Annas. Syrians who fled the Levant looking for peace and stability chose Morocco as a safe destination where they could live away from the war. However, the psychological impact of the crisis seems to make them want to vent to everybody and talk about their suffer ...

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UK’s Tory Party Councilor Compares Children in Burkas to Bin Bags

Rabat- The British Conservative Party expelled Chris Joannides, a tory councilor for sharing picture on Facebook where he compares children in burkas to bin bags.   The photo showed a woman and a child dressed in burkas standing next to two bin bags. The picture’s caption read: “I saw her standing there and I told her she had three beautiful children. She didn’t have to get all pissed off and threaten me. I ...

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Between “Humanitarian aid” and evangelism in Morocco’s Rif Region

Casablanca- Are there any evangelists in the Rif? Daily Al Massae’s recent investigation in the Rif region attempted to answer this question. Daily Moroccan newspaper Al Massae recently published the results of an investigation it had conducted in the Rif region on some suspicious activities carried out by foreign people residing there. The investigation, published by the daily newspaper this weekend, began ...

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