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A vote to decide Islam's role in Pakistani politics

Prime Minister and head of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Nawaz Sharif (left) speaks to supporters during an election campaign in Liaquat Bagh. Photo: EPA

Pakistan's moment of political truth is fast approaching. On Saturday, some 40-50 million voters will elect a new national assembly. The outcome is likely to reverberate far and wide.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 3:19am

Afghan dad shoots daughter in public execution ordered by mullahs

In front of 300 villagers, Halima's father shot her in the head, stomach and waist - a public execution overseen by local religious leaders in Afghanistan to punish her for an alleged affair.

4 May 2013 - 2:33am 1 comment

Muslims see new hope of dialogue with Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI attends the Ashes Wednesday Mass. Photo: EPA

But improved ties between the church and Al-Azhar, the premier seat of Sunni Muslim learning, would depend on the next pope's approach to the Muslim world, the clerics said.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:02am

Activists slam marriage of 12-year-old in Malaysia

Young girls like these can be married to older men with the permission of the Islamic courts. Photo: Reuters

Malaysian activists on Friday slammed the wedding of a 12-year-old to her 19-year-old boyfriend, renewing their calls for the government to outlaw child marriages.

Nur Fazira Saad and Fahmi Alias married last week in northern Kedah state after the girl’s father agreed to the union and an Islamic court granted permission, The Star daily reported.

23 Nov 2012 - 5:49pm

Malala shooting exposes a troubling double standard

Leaders across the world raised their voices to condemn the attack on Malala. But very few Islamic religious leaders joined them. Photo: EPA

The Muslim community throughout the world was in uproar two months back when a crudely made movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed surfaced on YouTube. From peaceful protests in places like Hong Kong, Germany and London to provocative rallies in Australia to chaos and violence leading to loss of lives in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East, the anger of Muslims took several routes.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Vatican uproar over cardinal's alarmist Islam YouTube video

Cardinal Turkson

A Catholic cardinal has caused uproar at the Vatican by screening a spurious and anonymous YouTube video that makes alarmist predictions about the growth of Islam in Europe.

17 Oct 2012 - 5:01am

Muslim mob in Bangladesh torch Buddhist temples

A statue of Lord Buddha is all that remains amidst the charred ruins of the Lal Ching Buddhist temple at Ramu, Bangladesh. Photo: AFP

Thousands of rioters have torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh after a photo posted on Facebook was deemed offensive to Islam.

The 25,000-strong mob set fire to five temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and the adjoining villages, 350 kilometres from the capital of Dhaka, in a rare attack against the Buddhist community, officials said.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Attacks in Thailand's Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat provinces kill six, injure 27

A bombing and several shootings killed six people and wounded 27 during two days of violence in the insurgency-plagued south of Thailand, police said yesterday.

Five people were shot and more than two dozen injured in a spate of incidents on Saturday that spanned all three provinces in the Muslim-majority south, where an eight-year conflict has claimed thousands of lives.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Muslims feel free in Hong Kong but left out

Anthropology lecturer Paul O'Connor moved from England to study the city's unique relationship with Islam. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong's Muslims have religious freedoms they cannot enjoy elsewhere in a unique city of hybrid cultures, but have to put up with prejudice and, often, overt discrimination.

These are some of the conclusions in a new book by Chinese University anthropology lecturer Paul O'Connor, 36, who moved from England 12 years ago to study the city's unique relationship with Islam.

30 Sep 2012 - 4:55am 3 comments

Iran boycotts Oscars in protest at 'Innocence of Muslims' film

Iran is yanking its entry in the Oscars foreign film race because of the "intolerable insult" of the US-made anti-Islam film that has angered Muslims.

Oscars organisers had not heard officially from Iranian authorities, after the announcement in Tehran by Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini.

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Pakistan government distances itself from filmmaker bounty

The Pakistan government distanced itself yesterday from a US$100,000 bounty offered by a cabinet minister for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour invited members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda to take part in the "noble deed", and said given the chance he would kill the filmmaker himself.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Muslim leaders in Hong Kong vow peaceful rally over anti-Islam film

Leaders of the Muslim community gather at Kowloon Mosque. They are confident today's rally in Central will not turn violent. A protest march is also planned.   Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Leaders representing the city's Muslim community are confident that a protest today in Central against an American film condemned as being anti-Islamic will not erupt into riots of the kind seen across the Middle East over the past fortnight.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:25pm

Letters to the Editor, September 23, 2012

The blocked hiking trail at Discovery Bay. Photo: May Tse

Suppressing criticism not the answer

Your editorial ("Outrage at video was predictable", September 16) proposes a moral equivalence: that the video Innocence of Muslims bears equal responsibility for deaths as do those who did the killing.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:31am 1 comment

Muslims need more room to worship in Hong Kong

Ishaque Sarker (far right) prays at breakfast at Kowloon Mosque. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.Photo: Herbert Tsang

Violence marred the holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Syria last month, and in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on the mainland, the Uygur minority reported attempts by authorities to prevent fasting and praying during working hours. In Europe, Muslims are facing rising Islamophobia and support for anti-immigration policies. So, for many Muslims, Hong Kong is a peaceful refuge.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:24am

Satanic verses author Salman Rushdie writes of years on run after fatwa

Salman Rushdie

As violent protests over a US-made film rock the Muslim world, Salman Rushdie published his account yesterday of the decade he spent in hiding while under a fatwa for his book The Satanic Verses.

19 Sep 2012 - 4:22am