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If it’s debate she wanted to spark, Irshad Manji has been successful. Her first book, The Trouble With Islam, was called “Bin Laden’s worst nightmare” by one reviewer. In a controversial 2007 documentary, Faith Without Fear, the unabashed lesbian — who remains a devout Muslim […]

Kenza Drider was one of the first to be arrested for appearing in public in a traditional Muslim robe that covers everything but her eyes and hands — and she’s running for president of France. The a mother of four wears a niqab — which […]

A radio station run by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded AK-47 assault rifles to children as young as 10 who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest. Andulus radio, based near the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gave students who won top honors in the […]

With a Muslim insurgency threatening to destabilize Thailand’s south, armed soldiers have begun shadowing the area’s Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds begging for alms. “With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in […]

As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

The Netherlands appears about to join France and Belgium in banning the public wearing of full-body veils. Violators wearing the Muslim burqa or niqab will be fined U.S. $500 if proposed legislation is approved by the Dutch cabinet. The need for […]

Hundreds of Muslims on Friday defied a new French ban on outdoor group prayer, filling the streets and sidewalks of  some neighborhoods to kneel on prayer rugs and observe the Islamic requirement for five-times-daily prayer while facing Mecca. The ban […]

Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran for more than two years are about to be released as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares for his annual trip to the United Nations. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested and convicted of […]

Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, says the truth must be proclaimed about the religion in which he was raised. However, because he has been candid, his life is at risk, he says. Speaking on the Christian […]