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Muslim students divided on sharia-compliant loans

52 min 40 sec ago
The government is consulting on student loans that will not involve paying interest but some young Muslims don't see the pointMuslim students are divided about government moves to introduce ...
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Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists

2 hours 28 min ago
Muslim cleric Musa Cerantonio, the third most liked person by western jihadists in Syria, called for assassination of US politiciansA radical Australian preacher revealed to be using social media ...
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Fog over Birmingham 'schools plot' | @guardianletters

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 7:59pm
One thing emerges clearly from the fog surrounding the alleged plot to take over Birmingham schools: the lack of accountability of academies (City steps up 'Islamist plot' inquiry in schools, 14 ...
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NYPD pressured to eliminate all traces of Muslim surveillance practice

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 5:45pm
Police department closing the hub of controversial programme but Muslim leaders want to know if similar units still existCivil rights groups are calling on the New York police department to ...
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Revealed: the radical clerics using social media to back British jihadists in Syria

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 9:30pm
Academic study points to radical preachers cheerleading western Muslims in fight against Bashar al-AssadTwo radical Muslim clerics have been identified as influential online cheerleaders for ...
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Further consolation for Narendra Modi's critics | @guardianletters

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 8:00pm
Priyamvada Gopal (Modi can't be shrugged off, 14 April) is indeed right to direct our attention to Narendra Modi and the riots in Gujarat during 2002. The Gujarat riots of 12 years ago were ...
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Police chief condemns appointment of terror officer over 'Islamic schools plot'

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 6:38pm
Chris Sims, West Midlands chief constable, says appointment of Peter Clarke could stir up community tensions in BirminghamOne of Britain's most senior police chiefs has attacked Michael Gove's ...
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Pork is the latest front in Europe's culture wars | Gavan Titley

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 6:15pm
The far right is fixated on pork and is using it as an excuse to target yet another aspect of Muslim lifeFollowing its significant gains in last month's local elections, the French Front National ...
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Academy school in Birmingham is victim of 'witch-hunt', says governor

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 9:32pm
Park View school denies allegations of extremism after inspections triggered by 'serious' complaintsA Muslim-majority academy at the centre of a row over alleged Islamic fundamentalism in ...
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Brandeis withdraws honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:50pm
Liberal arts college in Massachusetts says 'we cannot overlook certain statements that are inconsistent with our core values'A university has reversed a decision to grant an honorary degree to an ...
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Darren Aronofsky's Noah falls foul of censors in Malaysia

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 11:59am
The biblical blockbuster has now been banned in a number of Muslim countries, over claims that its depiction of Noah who is recognised by Muslims as a prophet contravenes Islamic lawBiblical ...
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Christians have a right to oppose gay marriage, but not to act against it | David Edgar

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 4:25pm
Church leaders have forgotten that the freedom not to be discriminated against is one on which believers themselves relyIs the whole question of gay marriage happily and finally now a done deal? ...
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Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty | Adam Forrest

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 6:30am
Once a preserve of Christian charities, Muslim-run food banks are now catering for diverse communities in needThe Sufra food bank, run from a small community centre on a north-west London housing ...
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Saudi book fair bans 'blasphemous' Mahmoud Darwish works after protest

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 6:15am
Removal of books by revered Palestinian poet from Riyadh publishing event is condemned by PEN as censorshipThe removal of works by the esteemed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish from a major book ...
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The Muslim Brotherhood's new nerve centre: Cricklewood?

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 7:34pm
The British establishment reportedly fears that the Islamist group is planning extremist activities from an HQ in north-west LondonIn net-curtained rooms above a disused kebab shop on Cricklewood ...
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Showing that a story isn't factually accurate doesn't diminish its truth

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 12:45pm
One of the great blessings of religion is that it allows us to be gracefully inconsistent, balanced in ways that don't make sense but still move us onThe historian Tom Holland has been in a ...
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Tower Hamlets: the mayor, the money and Panorama

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 10:41am
The Panorama investigation made a measured case that Lutfur Rahman misuses his resources to cultivate his voter base, but does that really mark him out from other politicians?Enemies of Lutfur ...
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Invention or not, tactics in alleged Birmingham school plot are familiar

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 10:15am
Experienced headteachers say they recognise ploy outlined in document about alleged Islamic plot to 'take over' schoolsThe Operation Trojan Horse plot may well be a hoax, invented by nefarious ...
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Gay marriage: fair do | Editorial

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 9:38pm
The idea of full equality for gay and lesbian people changes our understanding of what it means to be human, for the betterGay marriage celebrated for the first time by hundreds of couples at the ...
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BBC accused of censorship in row over Free Speech show from mosque

Sun, 30/03/2014 - 9:15pm
Host of programme interrupted question about when will it be right to be Muslim and gay due to 'deep concerns' of mosqueThe BBC was accused of censorship on Thursday after its BBC3 debate show ...
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