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Does Islam Forbid Even Studying Evolution?

(1489) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 2:18 PM

A few weeks ago, a story broke in the media about British Muslim students "increasingly" refusing to attend biological evolution classes. Even medical students, it was reported, were part of that worrisome development. The story quickly went quasi-viral; even the BBC and Al-Jazeera International ran shows...

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How Will Facebook and Twitter Impact Islam?

(123) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:14 AM

During a recent Friday sermon, a young Muslim sitting next to me took out his Blackberry and started to check his messages (while the Imam was giving his speech). I was quite stunned. The young man then put away his smartphone, but 10 minutes later took it out again and...

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New Media and Islam

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 3:21 PM

The importance of new media (YouTube and such), social networks (Facebook and such) and new tools that can be considered a little bit of both (Twitter and such) no longer needs any argumentation. Facebook is now the third largest "country" in the world, and YouTube and Twitter have redefined "communication."...

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Surveying U.S. and French Muslims

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 9:17 AM

The results of two interesting surveys were released recently: one by the Pew Research Center on U.S. Muslims' lives and attitudes and one by IFOP (the leading French market research and opinion poll institute) on French Muslims and the evolution of their socio-religious attitudes over the...

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Ramadan, Modern Technologies and Consumerism

(5) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 8:40 AM

Ramadan has just started for Muslims all over the world, with their varied customs and lifestyles. It is a very special month. In its simplest form, it is a month of fasting: abstinence from food, drink, sexual relations, smoking, etc., from dawn till sunset, a drastic change in lifestyle. (People...

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What's So Difficult About The Islamic Calendar?

(44) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 1:17 PM

Imagine if for the months of September, October and December, one had to wait until the 29th night of the preceding month to know whether the start of the new month will be the next day or the one after. There would be non-stop controversies and chaos, right? And people...

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