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China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials in the ... Read More »

How The Qur’an Was Secretly Taught in the Soviet Union

The story of how the Qur’an was kept and taught. World Bulletin / News Desk A ninety-five year old Muslim man from Russia explained how the ʿUlamā (Muslims scholars) of Russia taught the Qurʼān during the days of communism. He was twenty-five years of age when the execution and oppression of the Muslims commenced and he witnessed the entire period. ... Read More »

France, Israel and Palestine: Same as it ever was?

While Syria burns and great powers run towards collision there, the French government has formally put forward a new initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The three-step process (consult with both sides, convene an international support group, and convene an international summit to restart talks) is the brainchild of now former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Despite Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, ... Read More »

Missing radioactive material found dumped in Iraq

Official says “no concern of radiation” as five-month search for device ends in southern town of Zubair. Radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, ending speculation it could be acquired by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) group and used as a weapon. ... Read More »

Puncturing The Myths Of Radical Islam In Central Asia

The notion that authoritarian governments and their enablers abroad cynically exaggerate the threat of radical Islamism in Central Asia has become widely accepted. But even well-meaning analysts of Central Asia tend to perpetuate similar myths about politics and Islam, two scholars argue in a new report. The report, The Myth of Post-Soviet Muslim Radicalization in the Central Asian Republics, was published by British think ... Read More »

Tajikistan: Rakhmon wins fourth presidential term

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Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon has secured a fourth term. The results of Wednesday’s election were never really in doubt, especially after officials disqualified the only real opposition candidate.  Rakhmon (right in photo) won over 83 percent in Wednesday’s election against five other candidates – an improvement even on his showing in the 2006 polls when he won 79.3 percent. With ... Read More »

State, Religion, And Radicalism In Central Asia

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Islam has been the dominant religion in Central Asia for nearly 1,300 years. For about three-quarters of the last 100 years, Islam — and religion in general — was essentially outlawed in Central Asia, since the region was part of the Soviet Union. Of course Islam never totally vanished under Soviet rule, but its influence was greatly reduced. The collapse ... Read More »

Sharif backs Ghani’s plan for peace talks

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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday pledged his government’s support to the Afghan president in his attempt to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, a sign of warming ties between the two neighbours.Terming the interests of both countries intertwined, Pakistan and Afghanistan renewed the resolve to strengthen the multifaceted ties and to give boost to trade, energy ... Read More »

Transport links to facilitate Oman’s trade with Kazakhstan

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Yerzhan Mukash, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Oman Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Kazakhstan may be quite far apart and quite different, but the potential for increased trade, tourism and cultural relations is strong, according to Yerzhan Mukash, the Kazakhstan ambassador.Speaking to Times of Oman ahead of the country’s upcoming National Day celebrations, which the Embassy of Kazakhstan is ... Read More »

OIC Secretary General’s Kazakh Visit Focuses on Plans to Set Up Food Security Organisation

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ASTANA – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov received Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Amin Madani on Oct. 30 to discuss bilateral cooperation and explore Kazakhstan’s initiative to establish a food security organisation under the OIC with a main office in Astana. “The idea to establish the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) of the ... Read More »