Published on Aug 22, 2013
After being banned in French schools, religious symbols could now be banned in universities. France’s High Council for Integration is calling for students to remove their headscarves, skullcaps and crucifixes in a bid to reduce tensions that some say are compromising the country’s secular values. The Muslim community has seen the proposals as an attack on their religious freedom.
State Department Establishes Office for Religious Engagement
Published on Aug 7, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a professor of Christian ethics as the first director of the State Department’s Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. The new office is the outgrowth of an initiative by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
New State Department Religion Office Provokes Concerns
Published on Aug 16, 2013
The U.S. State Department recently created a special office to coordinate its diplomacy with religious groups. The office is a response to criticism that the U.S. has failed in the past to take account of the religiosity of foreign people. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports on concerns that U.S. Christian groups will now seek to influence foreign policy.
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Burka Avenger Trailer (English)
Published on Aug 5, 2013
In Pakistan this month there is a new action-comedy program for kids: The Burka Avenger. The animated TV series, created by pop star Haroon Rashid, is a first in the country. Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how children are reacting to their very own masked hero.
Muslim Wonder Woman: Pakistani superhero ‘Burka Avenger’ defies Islamic gender stereotypes
Published on Jul 26, 2013
One of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars has created a local superhero cartoon featuring a mild-mannered teacher who uses a burka to hide her identity while she fights criminals who are trying to shut down the girls’ school where she teaches. The animated show called Burka Avenger is set to debut in August.
‘Burka Avenger’ comes to Pakistani TV
Published on Jul 25, 2013
She is called the Burka Avenge and is like no other superhero before her. By day she is a Pakistani school teacher, but by night the secret martial arts expert dresses in a veil while fighting bad guys. The animated children’s series is about to hit TV screens across Pakistan. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Islamabad.
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Published on Feb 22, 2013
No prayer room for Muslims. That’s a prospect that could take place at a university in London. These are Muslim students signing a petition against the university’s policies to restrict their access to prayer facilities on campus. Muslim students here feel discriminated against, and want a room to congregate for Friday prayers. Previously they had to find empty classrooms to pray together, but now they are making an open stand.
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Published on Feb 17, 2013
A program known as “Know Thy Heritage” brings young Muslim and Christian Palestinians to Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Linda Gradstein reports for The Media Line.
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Published on Feb 17, 2013
A diverse group of young Americans spent ten days in Israel attending seminars and meetings. Their goal was to learn more about another culture in an attempt to make them better teachers at home. Linda Gradstein reports for The Media Line.
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Unhappiness Over China’s One Child Policy
February 15, 2012 – China’s one child policy prevents some elder care. CNN’s Matthew Chance reports.
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Published on Nov 21, 2012 by VOAvideo
Burma’s communal fighting in western Rakhine state this year has led many Buddhists and Muslims to question whether they can live together again as neighbors. President Obama drew attention to the issue during his historic visit to Burma. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.
Diversity and cultural awareness.
Published on Aug 13, 2012 by TotallyBiasedFX
Sikhs vs. Sheiks: Can’t we all just get along?
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Published on Aug 7, 2012 by vice
Indonesian transsexuals, or Warias, still feel the urge to practice Islam despite being shunned by Islamic Authorities.
We headed to Indonesia to visit the Senin-Kamis School, an Islamic school for Indonesian transsexuals. Our host, Hannah Brooks, meets the school’s founder, Maryani, and the rest of the ladies who call this place home. Then Hannah is taken to a local funeral, where Maryani speaks about the difficulties of living as a transvestite and a practicing Muslim.
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Published on Aug 1, 2012 by VOAvideo
Afghanistan is trying to unify the country through a new national educational curriculum. But a lack of security, books, trained teachers and schools is making it very challenging. Sharon Behn reports from Kabul on the difficulties faced by Afghan students.
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Published on Jun 25, 2012 by VOAvideo
Home ownership has long been an important part of the American dream. But some devout Muslim-Americans shy away from buying a home because the interest paid on a conventional mortgage is considered wrong in Islam. VOA’s Mana Rabiee reports on a growing trend in Islamic financing which is making the dream of home ownership come true for Muslims in America.
Offering “birth spacing” to women turns out to be much more palatable than “birth limitation.”
Dec 8, 2011
With the global population reaching 7 billion this year, doctors and health officials are advocating better family planning methods. Senegal, where some 2,000 international delegates gathered in early December to tackle the issues.
Contemporary critics universally commended the music video for its themes and production values. The video was both heralded and criticized for confronting women’s rights in Saudi Arabia; the portrayal of women wearing the niqab driving cars is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia, while some media outlets accused the video of propagating Arab stereotypes. Claire Suddath of Time agreed that at first glance, the video appeared to be a political statement on women drivers in Saudi Arabia and a stylish, aesthetically pleasing piece, stating that the video was fun either way and that audiences could all agree that women and men should be able to “drag race, pop wheelies and drive their cars on two wheels” equally. Dina Dabbous of Jordanian publication Al Bawaba praised M.I.A. for presenting an accurate picture of male customs in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, continuing “if she’s being accused of stereotyping, then she’s turning the oriental fantasy on its head when she has Arabian women dressed in khaki styled, though still Arabian, dress or gear, toting guns and strutting their stuff with a swagger unknown to the conservative female society that has women closed off or ‘haremed’ from the male gaze. M.I.A’s girls are a far-cry from the harem-veiled subversive mysterious women of the oriental fantasy in their floaty feminine veils, if we’re accusing her of feeding stereotypes. She’s toying with the militarized West infiltrating Arabia. Sexing it up a notch to have her ‘bad girls’ taking male guns and aggro”.
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More than 1.5 million Muslims from around the world have gathered in Mecca for the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage – which begins later this week. At a Washington area mosque, American Muslim children learn about this pillar of their faith in a fun way.