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  1. Freedom of religion drew refugee Kurds to Australia

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Marianne Kearney in Jakarta Kurdish refugees who were sent back to Indonesia from Australia's Melville island this month, say that reports of religious freedom on the internet led the Kurdish men to choose Australia over other destinations. Irfan Kar ...

  2. New administrative law may clarify the regulation of religions

    Posted Jul 26th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Religious Affairs Administration, writing in the journal China Religion, said the law spells out that the application process for permits to worship must be open. Legitimate interests of religious groups to practice religion in government-registered venues would also be protected, he wrote. At present, religious congregations can worship only in registered venues. In the past, some ...

  3. Religion, history make uneasy bedfellows in Xinjiang

    Posted Aug 25th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... of protest will be dealt with harshly as it evokes fears of separatism and religious extremism. Religion is the core of the Uygur identity, and Kashgar has a long tradition of being a centre ... of harbouring a separatist agenda- have weakened the role of religion. But officials are well aware that some activities have been driven underground, which makes it more difficult for the government ...

  4. Islam in China

    Posted Dec 13th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... After making investigations, the emperor gave his approval to the new religion, saying that it was compatible with the teachings of Confucius. He allowed Waqqas the freedom to propagate the religion and to remain in China. This set the tone for the largely good relations between the Arab world and the Chinese state- imperial, nationalist and communist- that have prevailed in the 14 ...

  5. Israelis risk the 'Sea of Death' in search for lost kingdom

    Posted Jul 07th 2004, 12:00am by Doug Nairne

    ... if they did settle in China they would not have been allowed to live undisturbed for so long. 'At that time, there was no tolerance in Xinjiang for other religions. Even within Islam, different ...

  6. Ancient tale of king still relevant today

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in verse form, has been turned into prose by the author, so that it is easier to read. Although seemingly simple, the plot explores many deep themes, ranging from social development and religion ...

  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar has barred Rohingya from mosques since start of Ramadan

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by SHAIKH AZIZUR RAHMAN

    ... Shaikh Azizur Rahman Officials in Rakhine state have stopped Muslim minority worshipping since Ramadan began Rohingya barred from mosques Myanmar's security forces barred Muslim Rohingya from worshipping in mosques across Rakhine state since the star ...

  8. Old answers for new ills

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Taoist selves,' read the prayer. Martin Palmer, secretary-general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, and a translator of many Taoist books, said: 'This is the first time the Chinese government is asking for help from a religion.' As people have different interpretations of Taoism and its applications in the contemporary world, the ancient religion is being ...

  9. Return of the sage

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao Confucius is back. That was the unmistakable message Beijing sent out last summer when the sage took centre stage in the opening extravaganza of the Olympic Games, alongside other traditional Chinese cultural icons such as calligraphy and the ...

  10. Black Mass

    Posted Dec 14th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Black Mass by John Gray Penguin, HK$153 Black Mass is a brain-shaking polemic that will put together life's jigsaw puzzle for some, or scatter the pieces so far apart for others that they have little chance of ever creating a picture. Subtitled Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, the book, by Straw Dogs author John Gray, argues that utopian projects from ...




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