Al Qaeda-linked Islamists capture Syrian Christian village

NYC Transit Authority required to pay attorneys fees in religious discrimination suit

Murfreesboro mosque judge recuses self from hearing

Russell Crowe film Noah banned in Indonesia

Has The Law Society enshrined sharia law in the UK?

Egyptian court sentences 529 Brotherhood members to death

Civil rights groups appeal ruling allowing NYPD to spy on Muslims

Christian Indonesian prays for end to Malaysian sharia court nightmare

Muslim sues NM gym over head covering

George Marlin: The persecuted church 2013

Muslim family escorted from Empire State Building for praying files lawsuit

New Murfreesboro lawsuit challenges Muslim cemetery

Christians beheaded by extremists in Somalia

Mark Steyn: Islam and the rest of us

USCIRF: Blasphemy law use on rise, led by Pakistan

Iraqi bill to legalize child marriage criticized

Bakersfield, CA Supervisors vote to postpone Islamic Center construction

Hagia Sophias: From museums to mosques

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic child marriage law

Syrian rebels release kidnapped nuns in prisoner deal

Permissive Constitutions, Democracy, and Religious Freedom in India, Indonesia, Israel, and Turkey | World Politics

Muslim group to get own caucus on Capitol Hill

Malaysia: court adjourns trial on the disputed use of the word Allah

Philly schools accused of religious beard bias

UK: End religious slaughter of animals without stunning first, urges top vet

France: National Front to cut public funds to religious groups

Supreme Court grants review in Muslim prisoner’s challenge to grooming rules

Tajikistan: State control of Islam increasing

Muslim family fights Washington town in court for religious exemption

Loud outcry over Jerusalem’s plan to quiet mosques

Google loses bid to keep anti-Islamic video online during appeal

Muslim-American man wins nearly $1.2 million in job discrimination case

Islamists demand levy from Christians in Syrian city

Bombs target church, restaurant in Zanzibar

9th Circuit: Court should order removal of “Innocence of Muslims” from YouTube

UK: Muslim inmate loses Gartree Prison drug test claim

Israel: Knesset passes bill distinguishing between Muslim and Christian Arabs

Indonesian university suspends controversial regulation limiting religious freedom

Danish Jews, Muslims fight for exemption to ritual slaughter ban

Judge tosses suit challenging NYPD surveillance of NJ Muslims

India Supreme Court: Religion no bar for adoption

PA: Zoning board approves NP Mosque plans for apartment, religious instruction

Nigeria’s Boko Haram targets Christian town and fishing village in latest attacks

Dozens of Christians killed in South Sudan

Eugene Volokh on sharia law in American courts

    The Volokh Conspiracy: “In my experience, much of the criticism of the use of Sharia in American courts has come from the political Right. And I myself am generally a political conservative, and one who shares some of the concerns about the use of Islamic law in certain contexts. . . . Nonetheless, I think many other complaints about incidents of alleged ‘creeping Sharia’ in American law are misguided, partly because the complaints miss the way those incidents simply reflect well-settled (and sound) American law.”

  • Posted: 02/18/2014
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Palestinian Authority to remove religion from ID cards

Malaysia: AG’s decision on seized bibles in two weeks

Central African Republic Christian fighters criticized

Lynching of Christian man by Muslims is sign of chaos in Central African Republic

The future of Egypt’s Copts

    Samuel Tadros at Defining Ideas: “The promises of January 2011 soon gave way to the reality of May, when the churches of Imbaba were attacked, and October, the time of the Maspero massacre. The complete collapse of the police and the state’s repression apparatus liberated Islamists from any constraints. On the national level, Islamists soon swept elections and dominated the political sphere, and on the local level, Islamists, much more emboldened by the rise of their brethren nationally and the collapse of the police were asserting their power on Egyptian streets and villages and enforcing their views.”

  • Posted: 02/05/2014
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de Blasio: NYC public schools to close for Muslim holidays

The Rise of Islamic Finance | Council on Foreign Relations

    Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder: “Prime Minister David Cameron announced in 2013 that the United Kingdom will issue a £200 million ($327 million) Islamic bond, or sukuk, making it the first non-Muslim country to tap into Islamic financing. Companies in the United States are also considering Islamic finance to fund business ventures and infrastructure projects. Demand for new Islamic investments is expected to outstrip supply by as much as $100 billion by 2015, an imbalance that could translate to much-needed liquidity in some tight markets. But the industry remains small and will need to expand considerably to have a significant impact on global financial markets.”

  • Posted: 02/03/2014
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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Nigeria’s north hit by religious violence, bomb attack

Bahrain court shuts down religious council

Malaysia police boost police presence around churches

Christians in Turkey fear increased persecution

China official seeks tougher rules on religion after Xinjiang blasts

Malaysia: Petrol bomb attack on Christian Church in Penang

Untangling the Debate on Sharia Councils and Women’s Rights in the United Kingdom | Journal of Religion and Society

Formation of parliament standing committees for religious minorities proposed in Pakistan

Muslim couple arrested in Sweden for “smacking son when he refused to pray”

Ohio Islamic Center files religious zoning variance

MI: Federal judge tosses Thomas More Law Center free speech suit against Muslim group

Apostasy ban overshadows political debate in Tunisia

Russian Patriarch wants Geneva 2 to focus on religious freedom

Malaysia: Court freezes action on mosque site pending developer’s challenge

Tajikistan: Muslim clerics to be paid salaries by state

Maldives president refuses to sign sexual offenses bill that conflicts with Sharia law

Kosovo political leaders challenge Islamists

Malay group wants lawyers investigated over argument that fatwa do not bind non-Muslims

Quebec MNA leaves Liberals amid dispute over prohibition of religious symbols

Malaysian king backs court ban on non-Muslims using Allah

Egypt approves post-coup constitution; Muslim Brotherhood vows protests