Team sports are illegal for women in Saudi Arabia. But like their counterparts the world over, they're just as eager to show their stuff on the pitch and the field. A new soccer league has emerged to serve those women, and hopefully fight a growing health problem as well.
At the Averroes Institute, a private high school for Muslim Americans in Fremont, Calif., academic rigor is supplemented by religious study. Averroes is the first school of its kind in the area and teachers say the school helps support the needs of young Muslim Americans.
Tuaregs in Mali united with Islamic militants against the Mali government and successfully drove the government out. But they didn't realize they'd be getting a new home under Islamic law. Now, Tuareg civilians are fleeing the violence of the revolution and the newly instituted Islamic law.
For more than a decade anthropologist Scott Atran has traveled around the world interviewing Islamic terrorists. He has talked with suicide bombers in prison and jihadist leaders in training camps. His research explores the thinking behind terrorist behavior.
Egypt's presidential elections are set for this week. The candidates all seem to be lining up to claim the mantle of preserver of the revolution and champion of Islam. But who will capture the populace and excite them enough to be elected remains to be seen.
Ratko Mladic went on trial at The Hague this week, accused of committing war crimes during the ethnic violence there in the 1990s. He'd been on the run for years. His trial, though, has kindled strong feelings in Serbia and caused his foes and his fans to engage in an ongoing graffiti war.
Rüstem Altinküpe, a practicing Muslim in Germany, has operated a butcher shop in Germany since 1988. He practiced halal slaughter, the form of animal slaughter required by observant Muslims. Germany banned halal slaughter in 1995, but Altinküpe challenged the ban and won in 2002. Still, his butcher shop is idled as Germany bureaucracy throws up more barriers.
In one of Turkey's most religiously diverse provinces, close ties with Syria fuel support for Assad regime
In Turkey, the civil strife in Syria has meant refugees streaming across the border. In mostly-Muslim Turkey, most Turks are staunchly on the side of the Sunni Muslims trying to overthrow Assad rule. But in Hatay province, a former Syrian province and one of the most diverse provinces in the country, more people support Assad, perhaps than anywhere outside of Syria.
Few Muslims who go to Mecca each year for The Hajj do so on two feet. And of the few who do, virtually none do so from their homes in Europe. But Senad Hadzic is trying to do just that — walking from Bosnia to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
An Iranian Jewish author said if their two peoples just better appreciated the ties that they share in history, the ways Iran has helped and welcomed Jews for centuries, the two countries wouldn't be so close to a violent confrontation. Thousand of Jews still call Iran home today.