Islam

Turkey’s Diyanet religious body threatens secularism
Middle East

Turkey’s Diyanet religious body threatens secularism

Ali Erbas heads Diyanet, Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs. He is known for his deeply conservative interpretation of Islam, which many Turks…
Turkey’s top Islamic cleric moves center stage, irking secularists
Middle East

Turkey’s top Islamic cleric moves center stage, irking secularists

ISTANBUL, Sept 22 (Reuters) – When President Tayyip Erdogan opened a new court complex this month, Turkey’s senior cleric sealed…
An end to neo-Islamism in the Middle East?
Middle East

An end to neo-Islamism in the Middle East?

Last week, the party that previously held a majority in the Moroccan parliament suffered a crushing setback. In the country’s…
Former culture minister supports removing religion from Egyptian national IDs
Egypt

Former culture minister supports removing religion from Egyptian national IDs

Former Culture Minister Gaber Asfour expressed his support for removing the religion field on Egypt’s national ID cards. Asfour stated…
Dar Al Iftaa allows hymen reconstruction in cases of rape, deceit
Egypt

Dar Al Iftaa allows hymen reconstruction in cases of rape, deceit

Egypt’s Dar Al Iftaa has issued an opinion on hymen reconstruction surgery, approving of the surgery in cases where women…
Saudi Arabia opens Umrah pilgrimage to vaccinated worshipers from abroad – SPA
Middle East

Saudi Arabia opens Umrah pilgrimage to vaccinated worshipers from abroad – SPA

CAIRO, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will gradually begin receiving Umrah pilgrimage requests from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims starting…
Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow
Middle East

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow

CAIRO (AP) — Muslims around the world were observing Tuesday yet another major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the…
Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad caricature, dies at 86
World

Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad caricature, dies at 86

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, known for his controversial caricature of Islam’s prophet Mohammed, died at the age of 86, his family…
Egypt’s Endowments Minister announces Eid al-Adha prayer restrictions
Egypt

Egypt’s Endowments Minister announces Eid al-Adha prayer restrictions

Egyptian Minister of Endowments Mohammad Mokhtar Gomaa on Sunday announced the Eid al-Adha prayer restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gomaa…
Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage
Middle East

Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday,…
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