November 27, 1999 |
In the constellation of Islamic states - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan - a new star is rising: Zamfara. Last month, the governor of this rural farming region, on the fault line dividing Africa's Islamic north from its Christian south, stunned the nation by proclaiming that his state, one of 36 in Nigeria, would now be ruled by the Koran instead of the national constitution. In adherence to strict Islamic law, or sharia, alcohol sales and gambling ceased. Patrons disappeared from Gusau's theater after women were segregated into a separate section.
July 27, 1999 |
Atiq Chaudhry did not know that he was creating the ultimate Philly fusion cuisine. He just thought that he was reacting like a good businessman. A few years ago, Chaudhry noticed that more and more of the customers at his Pizza Pak II hoagie shop were Muslim, and that more and more were requesting halal meat - meat slaughtered according to Islamic law. That is when Chaudhry, a Pakistani immigrant, came up with the idea of combining a local food favorite with a centuries-old Islamic tradition.
September 19, 2011 |
In a small industrial space in Upper Darby, Sultan Bhuiyan watches as one of his workers slides a live chicken upside down into a metal bracket. With only the chicken's head exposed, the man quietly utters the phrase "in the name of God," and following the ritual of Islamic law, brandishes a knife, running it quickly across the chicken's neck. He will do this over and over, tenderly stroking the chicken's feathers as he takes it from its cage to the bloodstained killing room.
March 7, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai endorsed a "code of conduct" Tuesday issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say marks a giant step backward for women's rights in the country. Karzai's remarks backing the Ulema Council's document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. Both the United States and Karzai hope the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end Afghanistan's decade-long war. But activists express worry that gains made by women since 2001 may be lost in the process.
July 4, 1995 |
A court decision ordering a professor to divorce his wife - because his writings are considered anti-Islamic - has unleashed a storm of debate over the very nature of Egyptian law. The Egyptian government has put off enforcing the ruling, which found that Cairo University Professor Nasser Hamid Abu Zeid was an apostate and thus banned under Islamic law from remaining married to his Muslim wife. Abu Zeid and his wife, Ibtihal Younes, a lecturer in French literature at the university, have vowed to stay together, even though, as an adultress, she could technically face death by stoning under Islamic law. They remain holed up in their apartment outside the capital, waiting to see whether the June 14 ruling will hold up on further judicial review.
December 2, 2012 |
CAIRO - Protesters flooded Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday in the second giant rally this week, angrily vowing to bring down a draft constitution approved by allies of President Mohammed Morsi, as Egypt appeared headed toward a volatile confrontation between the opposition and ruling Islamists. The protests have highlighted an increasingly cohesive opposition leadership of prominent liberal and secular politicians trying to direct public anger against Morsi and the Islamists - a contrast to the leaderless youth uprising last year that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
September 12, 1999 |
After his latest business venture, the Alexander Diner in Washington Township, failed in 1997, Mohammed Ahamed found it hard to summon the courage for another undertaking. But his wife, Shirin, his behind-the-scenes muse, kept saying out loud what he knew in his heart: that this time, it would be different, that it would be more than a source of income. The Ahameds - immigrants from the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh - are opening a meat market and Asian grocery store on Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold.
December 4, 2011 |
CAIRO - Anticipating a strong presence in the new Egyptian parliament, ultraconservative Islamists outlined plans Friday for a strict brand of religious law, which could limit personal freedoms and steer a key U.S. ally toward becoming an Islamic state. Egypt's election commission announced a trickle of results from the first round of parliamentary elections and said 62 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the highest turnout in modern history. But leaked counts point to a clear majority for Islamist parties at the expense of the liberal activist groups that led the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, toppling a regime long seen as a secular bulwark in the Middle East.
July 11, 1987 |
The conviction yesterday of Joseph L. Young for the grisly murders of Dr. Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi and his wife, Lois, brought little solace to the former friends and colleagues of the slain couple. Nor did it allay uneasy feelings that, perhaps, there is more to the crime than the irrational act of one man. "It's just difficult to accept that this man on his own volition took it upon himself to kill two people of such prominence," said Latib Abdulrehman, who had been a student and a close friend of Faruqi, an Islamic scholar.
August 2, 2005 |
Drafters of the new Iraqi constitution have just two weeks left to resolve a host of deeply divisive issues, including the role of Islam in national affairs, the place of women in Iraqi society, and what sort of autonomy should be granted different parts of the country under a federated structure of government. Yesterday, the drafting committee passed up a final chance to request a delay, pledging to work "day and night" to finish by the Aug. 15 deadline. Sheikh Homam Hamoodi, chairman of the drafting committee, said the 30-day extension that several members proposed Sunday was "unanimously rejected.