Category Archives: Arabs & Muslims

German Muslim Groups Angry Over “Racist” Citizenship Test

German Muslim Groups Angry Over “Racist” Citizenship Test

5 January 2006

BERLIN – Blunt questions posed to Muslims seeking German citizenship in a Christian Democratic-ruled federal state are fuelling anger and the threat of discrimination lawsuits from Islamic groups.

“Where do you stand on the statement that a wife should obey her husband and that he can hit her if she fails to do so?” is among 30 questions which can be asked by officials to Muslims seeking a German passport in southern Baden-Wuerttemberg state since January 1.

Only Muslims from the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) are required to answer the questions as part of the process to become German citizens.

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The Next Holocaust: Muslims the New Jews?

Islamophobia is not a uniquely British disease: across Europe, liberals openly express prejudice against Muslims. Do new pogroms beckon? Ziauddin Sardar reports from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

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Spiegel: Survey of Muslims in Europe

Riots, Hijabs, and More – Oh my!:
A treasure trove of info (articles span November 2004 through November 2005)
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Iraq Holy Sites Draw UK Pilgrims

Interesting article by the BBC focusing on ziyarat by Shi’a Muslims from the UK

Iraq holy sites draw UK pilgrims

Three Britons who were killed in Iraq were making a pilgrimage carried out by thousands of Shia Muslims every year, despite risks posed by the volatile country.

Yousif al-Khoei is a director of the al-Khoei foundation, the largest Shia organisation in the UK.

He believes up to 5,000 Shia Muslims from the UK visit holy sites in Iraq every year.

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Crescent Conflict

The National Journal devotes a cover story to Islam/Muslims in America, focusing heavily on Washington, DC.

Crescent Conflict

By Paul Starobin,
National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

There is something new under the sun in our national capital — a Moslem mosque,” The Washington Evening Star proclaimed in an article from its pages in the fall of 1953. The object of appreciation was the new Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue’s celebrated Embassy Row. “The fact that a graceful minaret now arises above a richly artistic edifice, designed to be a religious and cultural center, marks Washington as more than ever a world city,” The Star enthused. In an earlier, no less upbeat piece, The Star asserted that the Islamic Center would help “to foster a better understanding of the mutual interdependence of Moslem nations and the West.”

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EU: Muslim Minorities Face “Particularly Challenging” Conditions

Vienna, 24 Nov. (AKI) – Muslim minorities and migrant workers from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are subject to discrimination and live in “particularly challenging conditions” in Western European nations. But the Roma gypsies are the group facing the highest level of racism and discrimination across Europe, according to the newly published study by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) in Vienna. The annual report surveys all 25 EU member states.

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Rioting in France

What’s Wrong With Europe?
Spiegel | November 7, 2005

By Rüdiger Falksohn, Thomas Hüetlin, Romain Leick, Alexander Smoltczyk and Gerald Traufetter

For 11 nights running, French police and firefighters have battled rioters on the streets of Paris suburbs — and the violence seems to be spreading. But the unrest in France is only the latest chapter in the difficulties Europe has been having integrating its immigrants.

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