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A vote to decide Islam's role in Pakistani politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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