Posts Tagged ‘Koran’

Maori translation of Koran launched

Friday, November 1st, 2013

A Waikato-Tainui kaumatua who’s been involved in translating the Islamic holy book, the Koran, into Te Reo says it will help with a better understanding between Maori and the Islamic world. The translated work, which has taken 25 years to complete, will be officially launched on Friday. On Tuesday a copy was presented to the Read more

Catholic schools in Indonesia forced to teach Islam

Friday, February 1st, 2013

To avoid the threat of closure, six Catholic schools in Indonesia have agreed to teach Islam to their Muslim students. A local ordinance in Blitar city, East Java, requires all Muslim students, wherever they might be educated, to be able to read and write verses from the Koran. A representative of the Islamic Anti-Discrimination Network Read more

A feminist reading of the Koran

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

It’s hard to imagine any scenario in which shooting a 14-year-old child is justified. And yet, the Taliban attempts just this by insisting its attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai (pictured) is ordained by Islam. Yousafzai first attracted the group’s ire for her insistence on the right of girls to be educated. At the age Read more

For some Afghans, suicide bombs are best answer to U.S. troops’ Koran burnings

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Matihullah, 24, had always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Then news spread that Western soldiers had burned many copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base in Afghanistan. He gave up his studies and embarked on a new mission in life — to become a suicide bomber.

“Since the desecration and burnings of holy books of the Koran, I have been burning with the desire of revenge. It is running in my blood,” said Matihullah, wearing the traditional white skull cap worn by many Afghans. “I have two other brothers to take care of our family and I feel very proud to get my revenge.”

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