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Noor, the soap that breaks up couples

Everyone's talking about Noor this summer. The Turkish series has caused such a storm in the Middle East, it's even been blamed for breaking up marriages and causing suicides. Read more...

Hassan Nasrallah, superstar in Nigeria

These photos were taken during a Shia procession in the north of Nigeria last summer. Showing the glorification of Hezbollah and the Islamic revolution, the images suggest a shift towards the extreme in Islamic support in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more and see the photos...

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YouTubers will be let down by the Queen of Jordan

The latest member of the YouTube community is none other than Queen Rania of Jordan. In an effort to challenge western stereotypes about the Arab world, the net-surfing monarch decided to launch an online debate. Yet, after attracting almost 5000 responses, she seems to have lost interest in the scheme. Read more...

Fitna is just a really bad film

 

A few months ago we announced that Dutch politician Geert Wilders was preparing an anti-Islamic film that would "add fuel to the fire". Yesterday, the long awaited video made its debut online. We ask our Observers what reaction it might provoke in their countries, from Holland to Pakistan. After all the fuss, maybe not that much. Read more...

"Obama never studied in an Islamic madrassa"

Rully Dasaad, a fellow pupil at Barack Obama's primary school - labeled as an "Islamic madrassa" by the conservative American media - tells us about their childhood growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the polemic that it's causing now. Read more…

A film to fuel the fire

An image of the Koran taken from the film. The text says: “Warning: this book contains shocking images”. Published 26 Jan. 08 by De Telegraaf

The extreme-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has announced the imminent release of his new “anti-Koran” film. Although no one has seen the documentary yet, every one is already anticipating a second round of the Danish cartoons controversy. Read more…

Ashura around the world

The ‘tenth day', or Ashura, is an important event in the Muslim calendar, commemorating the death of Imam Hussein and celebrated all over the world by followers of Islam. Some of the festival-goers slash their backs and chests with knives and whips to show that they share the pain of their martyr. Here are some videos of ceremonies all over the world, from Bangladesh to Washington, with comments and photos from our Observer Nasim in Afghanistan, who attends the event in Kabul each year. Read more...

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