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The Day the Queen Drove the King

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web:

When Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour.

One of the stories (this one from PBS):

When Queen Elizabeth took King Abdullah for a drive in her Land Rover

It boggles the mind that women are being prosecuted for the crime of driving in Saudi Arabia — the only country in the world that prohibits distaff drivers.

What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia?

As The New York Times put it: “The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance.”

Some places to read about the transition:

“King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90″

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dead”

“Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a wily king who embraced limited reform, dies”

“King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies”

What do you think will be the trajectory of the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam in the 21st Century?

If It’s Not Charlie Hebdo, It’s Boko Haram

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015).

Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.

In a separate attack in Nigeria also reported by the Associated Press, a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 35 others in the northeast town of Potiskum.

Duke University Backtracks on Diversity

posted by Suzy Shuraym

This writer isn’t sure what to think about this turnaround on the part of Duke University’s administration. First they announced they’d do the call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower for Friday’s jummah prayer. Then, yesterday they come out with this press release:

“Duke University has reconsidered a previously announced plan to present a traditional Muslim call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, campus officials said Thursday.

“The call to prayer, or ‘adhan’, which announces the start of a weekly jummah prayer service that has been held in the Chapel basement for the past several years, will not come from the bell tower on Friday as announced earlier.

“’Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,’ said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. ‘However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.’

“Jummah prayers have taken place in the basement of Duke Chapel for many years, and start with the traditional call to prayer chant. Members of the Muslim community will now gather for the call-to-prayer chant on the quadrangle outside the Chapel, a site of frequent interfaith programs and activities, before moving to its regular location for prayers. More than 700 of Duke’s 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students identify as Muslim.

“’Our Muslim community enriches the university in countless ways,’ said Schoenfeld. ‘We welcome the active expression of their faith tradition, and all others, in ways that are meaningful and visible.’”

(Do note that the plan was ONE call to prayer each week, not five each day.) What do you think? Bad timing due to events in France and Belgium? Bad decision to allow the call to prayer? Bad decision to rescind the plan?

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The Day the Queen Drove the King
Just in case you missed it, this story is viral on the web: When Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah visited Queen Elizabeth in 1998 at her Scotland estate, Balmoral, she got behind the wheel of her Land Rover to give him a tour. One of the stories (this one from PBS): When Queen Elizabeth t

posted 7:37:08pm Jan. 24, 2015 | read full post »

What's Next for Saudi Arabia?
King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia? As The New York Times put it: "The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with Iran for regional dominance." Some places to read about the transit

posted 1:28:38pm Jan. 23, 2015 | read full post »

If It's Not Charlie Hebdo, It's Boko Haram
The Islamist army with the Boko Haram moniker is at it again. According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon's information minister, Mabass village in far northern Cameroon was attacked early yesterday (18 January 2015). Boko Haram killed at least three people and kidnapped four dozen hostages.

posted 1:56:17pm Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Duke University Backtracks on Diversity
This writer isn't sure what to think about this turnaround on the part of Duke University's administration. First they announced they'd do the call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower for Friday's jummah prayer. Then, yesterday they come out with this press release: "Duke University has rec

posted 1:57:18pm Jan. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Being Muslim in Europe
Abdelkader Benai, a Muslim born in the Netherlands, has penned a powerful meditation on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in The New York Times. "When I was 17, I found 'The Satanic Verses' tucked away in a school library," he writes. "I grabbed it, started reading and was mesmerized. Here was a young

posted 1:33:07pm Jan. 14, 2015 | read full post »


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