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September 2012 Archives

Violent outrage over a photograph makes the rioters look like idiots. Here’s the latest example: “Muslims Attack Buddhist Temples, Homes Over Quran Facebook Photo”

“Nigerian officials say 908 Muslim women pilgrims traveling to Mecca face deportation from Saudi Arabia for traveling without male relatives.” Read the rest here. What would the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say?

“Suppose there had not been a single riot in response to the now infamous video ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. Not a single car burned, not a single embassy breached, not a single human being physically hurt. Would the makers of […]

Read a rabbi’s take on the ads placed in the New York City subway by the American Freedom Defense Initiative: The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam

The BBC reports from Iran that “over 30 universities have agreed to ban women from about 80 different degrees such as engineering, business, nuclear physics, and computer science”. Read about it here. “Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi told the […]

“THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed. Start with a cheesy anti-Muslim video that resembles a bad trailer for a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy. It becomes YouTube fuel for protest across the Islamic world and a pretext for […]

In The New York Times on 22 September, Nicholas D. Kristof asks, “why do parts of the Islamic world erupt in violence over insults to the Prophet Muhammad?” Read his conclusions here.

“The Muslim world cannot have it both ways. It cannot place Islam at the center of political life — and in extreme cases political violence — while at the same time declaring that the religion is off-limits to contestation and […]

Does anyone wonder why Islam is considered a repressive, positively medieval religion? Actions such as this: “Historic Baghdad Book Market Bulldozed”.

From a Western perspective, the violent rioting over something as innocuous as a poorly-dubbed, badly-acted, low-budget film (or, rather, just the YouTube posting of a trailer purporting to preview the film) is baffling. As the story has developed over the […]

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