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Harvard recognises Quranic verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice

Source : Cii News | 03 Feb 2014

Harvard Law School, one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind in the world, has posted a verse of the Holy Quraan at the entrance of its faculty library, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history.

Verse 135 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases articulating justice:

Erdogan favoring single-sex dorms stirs debate in Turkey

Source : AFP | 05 Nov 2013

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy with weekend remarks in favor of single-sex dorms in the mainly Muslim but staunchly secular country.

“Female and male students cannot live in the same house,” the head of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) was quoted as saying by the Turkish press on Monday.

“That is contrary to our structure, which is conservative-democratic,” Erdogan reportedly told party stalwarts at a weekend meeting in an Ankara suburb.

Inclusive e-learning institutes gaining popularity

By Afshan Aziz | Jeddah | 16 Oct 2012

Online training has become a way of life. People have witnessed an upsurge in learning through the Internet or CD-ROMs, so-called e-learning. Corporate houses and educational institutions have discovered that in addition to being a tool for employees to keep pace with newer challenges, e-learning can ensure considerable savings, as it makes education available to anyone, anywhere.

An Alliance of Knowledge and Power

By Dr. Spahic Omer | IslamiCity | 29 May 2012

It is an undeniable truth that a proper education is a key to the Islamization and revival of the present culture and civilization of Muslims. A comprehensive educational vision and plan, coupled with concrete policies and laws and their avid and wise enforcements, account for the most powerful force that can lead to making the idea of a contemporary Islamic civilization a reality.

Singapore’s strength lies in its multiculturalism

By Abdul Hannan Tago | Arab News | Riyadh 30 Apr 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has appointed Professor Shih Choon Fong, a Singaporean, to head the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST). The appointment of a Singaporean academic is a tribute to his country, where the literacy rate is 96 percent, average life expectancy is 82 years, and the unemployment rate at the end of 2011 was just 2 percent, Singapore’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Wong Kwok Pun said in an exclusive interview with Arab News.

Turkey passes school reform law critics

By Reuters | Istanbul | 01 Apr 2012

Turkey's ruling party pushed through a school reform act yesterday that provoked brawls among parliamentarians and mass protests by secular Turks and teachers, who said the law was pushing an Islamist agenda and would lower education standards.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sent shudders through the secular opposition earlier this year when he said his goal was to raise a “religious youth.” Earlier this month, his AK Party sprang the surprise proposal to overhaul the education system.

Russia makes religious education a compulsory subject in all public schools

By IslamToday & Agencies | 10 Feb 2012

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made a decision to introduce religious to Russian public schools.

Parents will choose one of six models of the class and teachers will attend courses and trainings until the end of August.

Four models are religious – basics of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Buddhism and the remaining two are basics world religions and secular ethics.

Religious communities will choose teachers for the first four models.

"History of the Muslim American Experience" to be Taught at University of Michigan

Source : IslamToday | 28 Dec 2011

A new course entitled "History of the Muslim American Experience" will be taught this winter for the first time at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The move reflects growing interest and student demand for Muslim-American and Arab-American studies at the university.

There is also a push to create a minor degree in Arab American Studies at the university, which was approved last week unanimously by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Executive Committee.

University installs ablution baths for Muslims

Source : BostonChannel | Boston / 29 Nov 2011

As the nation's Muslim population grows, so does debate over religious accommodation.

In Boston, one university has taken steps to help Muslim students maintain an important ritual: bathing before prayer.

At the center for English Language and Orientation at Boston University students come from all over the world to master English. The largest group is Muslims.

"We have to pray five times, and every five times we have to wash," said student Reeema Alashgar.

It's a ritual that includes washing the feet.

Russia to allot almost billion rubles for educating Islamic experts

Source : ABNA / Ufa / 23 Nov 2011

Russia will continue preparing experts on history and culture of Islam, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We have allotted money for it in the budget this year, in 2012 and in 2013. We have envisaged a significant sum - almost a billion rubles (more than $32 million - IF)," Medvedev said at his meeting with Muslim clerics in Ufa, Bashkortostan.

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