UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry

The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq’s heritage.

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After Years of Quiet, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Exploded. Why Now?

A little-noticed police action in Jerusalem last month was one of several incidents that led to the current crisis.

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U.K. Community Leaders Fight Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Local initiatives across the country are working to dispel misinformation and encourage Covid-19 vaccination in communities that have been disproportionately hurt by the pandemic.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #mosques, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

#france, #law-and-legislation, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

Militia Leader Is Convicted in Bombing of a Minnesota Mosque

Prosecutors said Michael Hari had helped to bomb the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington in 2017 to try to terrorize Muslims and scare them into leaving the country.

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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Staying Apart, But Praying Together

As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship in New York struggle to serve their communities safely.

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It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic.

The first purpose-built Muslim place of worship in the Greek capital since the Ottoman occupation arrived after decades of delay — just in time for a second coronavirus surge.

#athens-greece, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greece, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam

Macron Vows Crackdown on ‘Islamist Separatism’ in France

President Emmanuel Macron’s speech addressed a deep-rooted problem in French society: its enduring difficulty to integrate significant parts of its large, nonwhite, Muslim population of immigrants and their descendants.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #private-and-sectarian-schools

Indian Court Acquits Hindu Leaders of Demolishing Historic Mosque

The 1992 destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu nationalists sparked sectarian violence in a country where Muslims feel increasingly oppressed.

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Bangladesh Mosque Blast, Likely Due to Gas Leak, Kills at Least 14

Dozens of worshipers were severely burned in the blast on Friday night just outside Dhaka.

#bangladesh, #dhaka-bangladesh, #explosions-accidental, #mosques

Christchurch Massacre Sentencing: What to Expect

Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty in March after murdering 51 people and wounding 40 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. But the final phase of the case presents a series of challenges.

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Modi Founds a Temple on Mosque’s Ruins, in Triumphal Moment for Hindus

In a ceremony in Ayodhya, a past flash point for sectarian violence, India’s prime minister offers his Hindu nationalist base a clear symbol of ascendancy.

#ayodhya-india, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam

Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Hagia Sophia as a Mosque

The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.

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Would Muhammad Convert Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque?

Turkey’s decision to change the former cathedral into a mosque flies against the pluralist instincts of Islam’s founders.

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Turkish Court Clears Way for Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again

The decision to revoke its 80-year-old status as a museum would allow it to become a place of worship but is likely to provoke an international furor.

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Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay

The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #mosques, #museums, #muslims-and-islam, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government

The Pandemic Upends Islam’s Holiest Month

Zoom calls and socially distant food drives have replaced family gatherings and community prayers.

#bangladeshi-americans, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #ramadan

Why the Call to Prayer Made Me Cry This Ramadan

Abdi Latif Dahir, a New York Times reporter based in Nairobi, reflects on how the pandemic’s “gift of loneliness” reshaped the holy month.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kenya, #mosques, #nairobi-kenya, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ramadan

Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen

President Trump threatened to overrule states that refuse to open places of worship. The White House could not explain how he has that power, and legal experts said he did not have such authority.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evangelical-movement, #mosques, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Orders States to Allow Places of Worship to Open, Though He Has No Authority To

President Trump has always been an unlikely champion of evangelical and conservative religious voters, and by speaking out, he put himself out front on an issue important to them at a time when his support has been eroding.

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In U.K., Hard-Hit Minority Communities Struggle to Bury the Dead

The coronavirus outbreak has disproportionately affected some areas of Britain. A Birmingham mosque’s car park has been transformed into a makeshift mortuary to handle the influx of bodies.

#birmingham-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #minorities, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #ramadan

Ramadan Worldwide: Pakistan, India, Indonesia, US, Egypt

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Muslims to adapt, observing the holy month more at home than in the mosque, more online than in person, and with greater uncertainty about the future.

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Islamic Center Damaged in ‘Suspicious’ Fire on First Day of Ramadan

The police said the fire, at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau in Missouri, was being investigated as possible arson.

#arson, #missouri, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

Ramadan Amid the Coronavirus: ‘We Will Make the Best Out of It’

Some Muslim doctors are saving lives while fasting. For the rest of us, this holy month won’t be heroic but it will be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fasting, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #ramadan, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

Pakistan Coronavirus Lockdown Is Thwarted by Imams as Ramadan Nears

The government gave in to clerics’ demands that mosques be allowed to stay open during the Islamic holy month. Now critics are asking who’s in charge.

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‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.

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