Islam in Europe
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.
Source : Agencies | 16 Aug 2012
Marking a historic moment in relations with minority groups, authorities in Hamburg have become the first state in Germany to officially recognize Islamic holidays, in addition to granting Muslims greater religious freedom such as allowing religious lessons to be taught in schools and allowing them to conduct their burial rituals according to their faith.
By Bethany Bell | BBC News | Vienna | 03 Jul 2012
Austria has had a checkered history when it comes to relations with Muslims, but its 100-year-old Law on Islam is seen as a symbol of tolerance.
The law gives Muslims the same rights as other officially recognised religions in Austria, such as Catholicism, Lutheranism, Judaism and Buddhism.
Source : Al Arabiya | 20 Jun 2012
An appeals court granted permission Tuesday for the building of a multi-million-euro mosque in the city of Marseille that has been touted as a symbol of Islam’s growing place in France.
The court overturned an October ruling by Marseille’s administrative tribunal that cancelled the project’s construction permit for supposed failures to meet urban-planning requirements.
By Jonathan Laurence | The New York Times | 23 Jan 2012
Two weeks ago, dozens of cars were set alight in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand after a 30-year-old truck driver, Wissam El-Yamni, was roughed up and then died while in police custody. The uproar underscored the hostility of young minority men toward authority across communities in Europe, an antipathy that has at times led to deadly violence.
Source : Guardian/UK | 17 Jan 2012
A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the toughest human rights legislation.
Sadakat Kadri told the Guardian that so-called "sharia courts", such as the Muslim arbitration tribunal, were good for "the community as a whole" by putting Sharia on a transparent, public footing and should be more widely accessible to those who want to use them.
Source : IslamToday / Agencies | 16 Jan 2012
Germany, home to 4 million Muslims, officially opened its first university department of Islamic theology today, with 36 students enrolled for bachelor's degrees.
The government of Chancellor Angela Merkel faced resistance from conservatives to funding the department at Tuebingen University, the first of four to be opened around the country, but argued that graduates would be the best antidote to self-taught "hate preachers".
By Divya Talwar | BBC Asian Network | 16 Jan 2012
The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women's groups and some others are objecting.
''You must speak the truth, sister. Because Allah is listening to your every word, you can lie to us but not to Him.''
The bearded sheikh is instructing his first client of the day to explain why she is unhappy in her marriage.
Source : IslamToday | 11 Jan 2012
German authorities have announced a plan to place anti-Islamic websites under surveillance because of growing concern that they are becoming more radical and fomenting right-wing violence.
The domestic intelligence agency -- the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution -- said last week it had set up a working group to assess whether German-language sites such as Politically Incorrect and Nürnberg 2.0, whose stated aim is to oppose the "Islamisation of Europe" are in breach of the constitution.