July 30, 2010

University lecturer told she must wear veil

by Benjamin Graham

A university lecturer in India has been told she must wear the full-face veil or students will boycott her lectures. The student union at the Calcutta campus of Aliah University told Sirin Middya she will not be allowed to teach unless she wears the burqa. Middya describes herself as a devout Muslim, but refuses to […]




July 29, 2010

Lingerie displays banned in Gaza

by Benjamin Graham

Clothes shops in the Gaza strip have been banned from using scantily clad mannequins in their window displays. Shop owners who flout the ban will face a fine. Hamas, the governing authority in Gaza, said the new legislation is not intended to Islamise Palestinian society, but to restore “public morality”. Dressing rooms and tinted windows […]




July 28, 2010

Belfast Islamic Centre to build extension

by Benjamin Graham

Belfast Islamic Centre has submitted plans for a £500,000 expansion. If approved by the Planning Service, the plans will see a three storey extension built at the Wellington Park premises. The centre is a converted house, and has been used by Muslims in Belfast for the last 20 years. The space has become increasingly cramped […]




July 27, 2010

Cameron: Gaza is a “prison camp”

by Sara Levy

David Cameron issued a harsh critique of Israel’s blockade of Gaza today, calling the Palestinian territory a “prison camp”. Speaking to a group of Turkish businessman in Ankara, the Prime Minister, who describes himself as a “friend of Israel”, said the situation in Gaza “has to change.” “Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both […]




UK public supports women bishops

by David Masters

Nearly two thirds of British adults would support the Church of England in appointing women bishops, according to a YouGov poll. The study, not commissioned by any organisation external to YouGov, found 63% of Brits think the Church of England should appoint women bishops. Only one in ten said they would be opposed to such […]




July 26, 2010

Lutherans appoint Palestinian as president

by Sara Levy

A Palestinian Bishop has been elected president of the World Lutheran Federation. Bishop Munib A. Younan, known for his campaigning on peace, justice and interfaith issues, becomes the first Arab to lead the Geneva-based church body, which oversees 70 million Lutherans around the world. Younan said he was introduced to the WLF as a refugee […]




July 23, 2010

Desmond Tutu to withdraw from public life

by David Masters

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has announced plans to withdraw from public life after his 79th birthday in October. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who played a key role in the struggle against apartheid, will use his retirement as an opportunity to devote some time to himself. “I think I have done as much as I can, […]




July 22, 2010

Halal make-up launches in UK

by Sara Levy

Muslim women in the UK can now purchase halal make-up with the launch of a new Birmingham-based cosmetics business. Samina Pure Make-up is free from alcohol and animal products, making it suitable for women wishing to observe Islamic law. Samina Akhter set up the business from her home in Birmingham after she started questioning what […]




July 21, 2010

Syria bans students from wearing face veil

by Sara Levy

Syria has banned university students in the country from wearing the Islamic face veil while on campus. Ghiyath Barakat, Syria’s minister for higher education, said the ban is designed to protect Syria’s identity as a secular country. The ban, announced on the All4Syria website, is said to be in response to pressure from students and […]




British Jews tell Israel to negotiate with Hamas

by David Masters

More than half of British Jews think Israel should work for peace in the Middle East by negotiating with Islamic resistance movement Hamas, according to a new survey published the week. The study, conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), also found that most Jews in the UK favour a two-state solution to […]




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