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The Islam Women Were Promised

Sheikh Musa Furber | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sheikh Musa Furber

There is something deeply wrong when even a small part of a Muslim society views the shame of a single rape to outweigh facilitating the spread of corruption and the wrongful taking of life.

How Would The Prophet Muhammad Vote? You Might Be Surprised

Sarah Moawad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Moawad

We've heard plenty about the "threat of sharia" to American culture, but noting about how Muḥammad would vote the issues. What does Islamic law have to say about the federal deficit, tax-cuts, gay marriage and other hot-button issues?

Pakistan McDonald's Allegedly Objects To Couple's Behavior

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business

Noman Ansari wanted to stop for a diet Coke with his wife in a Karachi McDonald's in Pakistan, but when the couple sat down side-by-side in a booth, t...

1,400 Years Of Islamic Law

Sadakat Kadri | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Sadakat Kadri

At a time when efforts to ban sharia law have been tabled in some two dozen states, it would be interesting to know what precisely their sponsors are hoping to prohibit -- because their target has a 1,400-year history that extends deep into the realms of faith.

Belief-O-Matic And Me

Kecia Ali | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Kecia Ali

According to the Internet, I am 100 percent Reform Jew. This came as something of a surprise to me since I'm a Muslim. Let me explain.

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Banning Sharia Law

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., May 25 (Reuters) - Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state c...

The State Of Anti-Shari'a Bills

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Despite early momentum, the sponsors of anti-sharia legislation may have an uphill battle ahead of them.

Advocates Of Sharia Can Learn From Catholics And Jews

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Prickly questions abound when determining how religious minorities with distinctive family norms, cultural practices and their own religious law, courts and schools, can be accommodated in democratic societies.

Goldman Advisor Defends Controversial Bond Program

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business

* Western banks increasingly interested in sukuk * But controversy could affect their entry into sector * Advisor mounts d...

The Shariah Was Made For Man -- And Not Man For The Shariah

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

The fundamentalists do not realize that their blind literalism could lead them to follow the letter of the law, but betray its intents.

Bachmann Says This Could 'Usurp' The Constitution

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Minnesota congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is still concerned about the threat of Sharia law, ABC News reports. "It's ...

The Case of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani -- Apostasy from Islam is a Right, Not A Crime

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Instead of remaining silent in the face of executions such as the one that Yousef Nadarkhani faces, let alone condoning them, we Muslims should speak out against them forcefully.

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia?

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

There is never a dearth of funds for magnificent mosques, but when it comes to alleviating the mass starvation of a people, Muslims are coming up short.

Sharia In West Out Of Step With Reformers

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Attempts to introduce sharia family law into Western societies run against the tide of reforms spearheaded by female activists in the Muslim world.

One Reason Americans Think Muslims Want to Stone Them

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Retired Gen. Boykin believes Islam shouldn't be given First Amendment protections. I listen to a lot of talk radio, and ideas like his ooze out all the time. So I interviewed an expert on Islam to offer a countervailing view.

Abuse of Women Is Sadly Endemic

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Many Egyptians are rightfully ashamed of the ignominy of the Lara Logan story. My fervent hope is that they turn this moment of shame into motivation for positive change that eradicates this "social cancer."

Wyoming Weighs Bill That Would Ban Sharia Law

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wyoming recently became the latest state to preemptively address the supposed "creeping threat" of Islam and Sharia law by proposing legislation that ...

Britain's Top Divorce Lawyer On Prenups, Princesses, And Billionaire Splits

Huffington Post | Sara Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Top UK divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag is the Managing Director of Vardags, a leading London law firm dealing with high-net-worth and cutting-edge divorc...

Sharia And Day To Day Existence

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

The fact that laws and regulations happen to be of non-Muslim origin does not automatically render them unacceptable to Islam. As such, Muslims with good-faith commitments to sharia could support and sanction the majority of them.

Muslims In America: A Year In Review

Mona Eltahawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mona Eltahawy

Take one comedian, mix in a beauty queen, throw in some bigots and an exploding crow and you'll open an unorthodox window into the past year for Muslims in America.

Fatwa: Muslim Men Can Divorce Wives Over Cell Phone

The Times of India | PTI, Nov 15, 2010, 05.02pm IST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Talaq uttered thrice by a Muslim man on a mobile phone will be considered valid even if his wife is unable to hear it all the three times due to netwo...

The Dark Side of American Politics and Religion

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani Religion has a dark side and, as we have bitterly experienced, religious extremists can be deadly. But, as Par...

Oklahoma Sharia Law Blocked By Federal Judge Down

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday to block a new amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would pro...

Damsels in Distress: Using Victimized Women as Political Ploys

Beenish Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beenish Ahmed

Caught in the crossfire of this battle for hearts and minds waged in the most paternalistic and patriarchic of ways, women are seen invariably as victims.

What Shari'a Actually Says

Andrew F. March | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew F. March

If so many Americans are now going to anoint themselves instant experts on Islamic law -- shari'a -- then it behooves the rest of us to do some of their thinking for them.