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European Muslims

Strasbourg's Great Mosque – a tourist magnet

Source : Guardian/UK | 16 Apr 2013

One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434.

Muslim immigrants leaving crisis-stricken Iberia

Source : Agencies | 23 Mar 2013

Spain and Portugal were considered the Iberian Dream not long ago but mostly Muslim immigrants have begun leaving these countries due to the recession and ensuing unemployment, Foreign Policy reports.

More people left the county in 2011 than entered and the trend increased in the first semester of 2012, the Spanish Institute of Statistics reported.

Islam faces growing discrimination in EU

Source : Agencies | 08 Dec 2012

Europe's growing religious diversity is creating social and legal tensions that cry out for reform, but even a European Union seeking solutions may not have the political will to implement them.

That was the impression given this week when researchers for a three-year EU-funded study of discrimination and other problems faced by minority faiths in member countries presented some of their proposals to European Commission officials.

EU Muslims Move to Synchronize Ramadan

Source : OnIslam | Cairo | 12 Jul 2012

Differences on the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan are forcing Muslim minorities across Europe to turn to modern astronomy to help determine the first day of the fasting month.

"In the modern world, especially in the West, people can't decide on the fly to start or end the holy month at 10 p.m. the night before," Nidhal Guessoum, an Algerian-born astrophysicist, told Reuters.

Italian politician suspended for praising ideas of Oslo's Christian terrorist

Source : Islam Today
Rome | 01 Aug 2011

Italian media say an official from an anti-foreigners party in Premier Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition has been suspended for saying millions of Europeans share ideas espoused by the Norwegian who carried out the deadly bombing and shooting rampage.

Stop anti-Muslim rhetoric: Nobel Chairman

Source : OnIslam & Newspapers
Cairo | 01 Aug 2011

The Norwegian chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize has urged European leaders to stop using rhetoric that gives ammunition to far-right groups to fuel sentiments against Muslim immigrants, following the killing of dozens of civilians by a Christian fanatic in Norway.

"Political leaders have got to defend the fact that society has become more diverse,” Thorbjorn Jangland told the Guardian.

“We have to defend the reality, otherwise we are going to get into a mess.

Poll: Majority of French, Danish & Dutch Positive about Muslims; Most Germans Negative

Source | Islamtoday.net
03 Dec 2010

Germans are more critical of Islam and less tolerant of building mosques than their neighbours in France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal, a new survey has found.

Despite the often fractious relationships other European countries have with their Muslim communities, people in those countries were relatively positive about Islam and its followers compared to Germany, according to the survey commissioned by a research group based at the University of Münster (pictured).

The slow death of multiculturalism in Europe

Source : Ibrahim Kalin | Today's Zaman
28 Oct 2010

Has multiculturalism run its course in Europe? If one takes a picture of certain European countries today and freezes it, that would be the logical conclusion.

The European right is thriving on anti-immigrant attitudes and is likely to continue to reap the benefits in the short term. But there are forces that are sure to keep multiculturalism alive whether we like it or not.

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