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Politics & Islam in Brunei

BRUNEI is a politically stable country whose extensive oil and gas resources make it one of the richest countries in the world. Oil wealth arguably allows the state to control the population through financial incentives such as no income tax and subsidised petrol. But this wealth is now coming under …

The young Turks rejecting Islam – BBC News

Some young Turks in conservative areas are losing their faith and raising difficult questions. “This is the only thing left that connects me to Islam,” says Merve, showing me her bright red headscarf. Merve teaches religion to elementary school children in Turkey. She used to be a radical believer of …

Iraqi shrine tablets offer blessings, cures and a living

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – For pilgrims, the clay tablets from Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim Kerbala shrine are a blessing, an aid to prayer, even a cure for sickness. For local families, the are all that, and also a business.    Shi’ite Muslims pray at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq …

Malaysian university tries to convert those with LGBT ‘disorders’

A PUBLIC university in Malaysia recently held a contest to “convert” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, a move that has been criticised as discriminatory. LGBT students say such events are normal in and outside campuses in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic Southeast Asian country that is majority Muslim, NBC reported.  In the …