News and Analysis (6/27/14)

Linda Sarsour, the Director of Arab American Association of New York, rebuts Bridgette Gabriel’s accusations that “anywhere from 180-300 million Muslims worldwide [are] violent extremists”:

A George Washington University study ranked 208 countries on “ Islamicity Index” … “the ‘Islamicity’ of a country is based on many factors: rule of law, human and civil rights, natural resource management, income distribution and eradication of poverty, among others”:

Islamic Banking has been in Britain for “over 30 years, and Britain is the first country outside the Islamic world to issue bonds. Islamic finance is open to everyone, not just Muslims”:

“The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum”:

“The Obama administration is trying to rally wealthy Arab states to help extinguish support for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni militant group, among Iraq’s disaffected Sunnis” …

… while inside Iraq, “Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who commands unswerving loyalty from many Shi’ites in Iraq and beyond, said political blocs should agree on the next premier, parliament speaker and president before the newly elected legislature meets on Tuesday …

… and Maliki agrees to call parliament into session even as he rejects the call for a national salvation government:

Even if it wanted to, the US is clearly incapable of resolving Iraq’s larger problems …

… as the US urges “Maliki to work to unite fractious political leaders and find a diplomatic solution to the crises that has now brought Iraq to the brink of another all out-civil war” …

… a “[p]oll released Tuesday shows that 71 percent of those surveyed think the war in Iraq ‘wasn’t worth it,’ while only 22 percent believe that the war was worth the effort…. The criticism of the Iraq war runs across all ages” …

… but as more political and religious leaders round the world call for volunteers to defend their sect, “thousands of Muslims in India have signed up to defend Iraq’s holy shrines and, if need be, fight Sunni Islamist militants” …

… while in Canada, an Imam warns against joining the fight in Iraq,” imams from across the country have issued a statement warning Muslim youths against travelling abroad to fight in foreign conflicts”:

From the “quasi-concentration camps” in Myanmar to the “tit-for-tat violence” in the CAR, to the targeting of the Uighur in China, to the uncertainties over Modi’s intentions in India, to the banning of Islam in Angola, and the many case of ethnic cleansing in  variety of hotspots:

“Every morning, after I’d taken my last sip of water before dawn, I prayed to God, crying and thanking Him for giving me back my ummah (Arabic for the global Muslim community)…. [P]eople I had estranged myself from and hadn’t spoken to in years … were embracing me”:

 

 

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