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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mosques, Muslims and myths: overcoming fear in our suburbs

Mosques, Muslims and myths: overcoming fear in our suburbs Since Australians woke to the news of yesterday morning’s counter-terrorism raids in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, talkback radio and the TV news have filled with talk of “home-grown terrorism” and “enemies within”. There have been claims that Australia’s half a million Muslims have particular difficulty “fitting in” and that their presence ... Read More »

Islamic climate declaration converts religious principles into greener practice

Islamic climate declaration converts religious principles into greener practice Muslims have a religious duty to take action against climate change, according to a declaration released by a major group of Islamic scholars, faith leaders and politicians from 20 countries. The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, launched in Istanbul, is aimed at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and suggests mosques ... Read More »

Senegal’s teachers struggle with the clash between science and faith

Senegal’s teachers struggle with the clash between science and faith Senegal is a deeply religious country. About 90% of the West African nation’s residents are Muslim, about 5% are Christian and the rest identify as animist – they believe that natural objects, idols or fetishes have magical power. Many Senegalese embrace at least some elements of animism even if they ... Read More »

How Muslim faith schools are teaching tolerance and respect through ‘Islamicised’ curriculum

How Muslim faith schools are teaching tolerance and respect through ‘Islamicised’ curriculum The Trojan Horse extremism affair that hit a group of Birmingham schools this summer and the ongoing inquiries into it, have raised suspicions among Muslim parents, teachers, and pupils in the UK. News from schools inspectorate Ofsted that the action plans put in place at the five Birmingham ... Read More »

Faith schools are part of the answer, not the problem

Faith schools are part of the answer, not the problem It would take a “bold secretary of state” to argue for more faith schools in Britain, wrote Newsnight’s policy editor Chris Cook commenting on the so-called Trojan Horse storm about Islamist extremists allegedly trying to take over several Birmingham schools. In fact, Nick Gibb, when he was minister of state ... Read More »

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study David Cameron used his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference to announce that madrassas, Sunday schools, yeshivas and other religious institutions that teach children “intensively” will have to register with the Department for Education and will be subject to inspection. The prime minister’s proposals mean ... Read More »