Commemoration of Ashura in Barcelona

December 17, 2010

On Friday December 17th, about 200 people celebrated the Ashura day in the Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona (near the downtown). The day of Ashura is a Shia Islamic holiday that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. The most important Islamic Shia community is the islamic center Al Qaim is located in Barcelona although Muslims Shia have a minority presence in Catalonia. This community is formed mostly of people from Pakistan.

The City Council allows this holiday’s public celebration since 2004. However, new rules were imposed. For instance, city government not allows the participation of children, show the back naked or the use of swords or whips that could produce blood. All this things are common during the celebrations in public spaces of many countries where Shiites have a significant presence.

Khalid Yasin gives talk on the woman’s role in society in Copenhagen

December 3, 2010

Friday December 3 2010 Khalid Yasin is going to give a talk – for women only – about the woman’s role in society seen from an Islamic, social, and societal perspective.
Yasin, controversial Muslim leader and leader of “Da’wah” organization in Manchester, England was also in Copenhagen in February 2010 and his visit resulted in a debate about whether the Municipality unwillingly had funded his visit through donations to the organization VIOMIS (Knowledge about Islam).
This time his visit also creates a stir. Member of the city council Jaleh Tavakoli, whom is also the spokesperson for ‘Free Iran’ plans to attend the speech. She says: “It’s unacceptable to invite this crazy man and it’s damaging for these women. Yasin is hostile towards women and he represents the most medieval interpretation of his religion. We are some feminists who will attend his talk and confront him”.

Sinterklaas invited to Dutch mosque

The Turkish Ayasofya mosque in Hengelo invited Saint Nicholas to make an appearance at a party on Friday December 4.

During Sinterklaas, the annual festival held on December 5 in the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas visits children’s homes and leaves sweets and gifts for them in their shoes. As preparation for the party are underway, a board member of the cultural association for Islam in the city explains that she has agreed to the party as “a gesture of overture. We’re open to Dutch culture… And for that matter… Saint Nicholas originally comes from Turkey.”

Muslims in Europe and in the United States. A Transatlantic Comparison

Friday December 15, 2006

Panel One: Consequences of 9/11 on Muslims in Europe and in the United States: Legal and Political Aspects

Chair/Discussant: Louise Richardson, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

  •   Europe: The Consequences of European Security Laws after 9/11 on Muslims in Europe Presenters: Jose Maria Ortuño Aix, University of Barcelona Didier Bigo, Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris
  •   America: The Situation of Immigrant Muslims after the Patriot Act: Legal Ramifications Presenter: Philip B. Heymann, Harvard Law School
  •   The Situation of Arab Muslims and Christians: Political Ramifications Presenter: Wayne Baker, University of Michigan
  • Panel Two: Islam and Muslims in the Western Public Sphere

    Chairs/Discussants: Diana Eck, Harvard University Ali Asani, Harvard University

  •   Europe: Anti-Islamic Discourses in Europe: Agents and Contents Presenter: Yasemin Karakasoglu, University of Bremen
  •   America: Status of Islam in the American Public Sphere after 9/11 Presenter: Emran Qureshi, Harvard University
  • Panel Three: Religious Life of Muslims in the West: Legal and Political Dimensions

    Chair/Discussant: Peter Skerry, Boston College

  •   Europe: Legal Status of Islamic Religious Practices in Europe after 9/11 Presenters: Marcel Maussen, University of Amsterdam Frank Peter, University Viadrina Frankfurt-Oder
  •   America: Religious Practices of American Muslims Presenter: Louise Cainkar, Marquette University
  • Saturday December 16, 2006

    Panel Four: Relations Between the State and Muslims

    Chairs/Discussants: Kishwer, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, John F. Kennedy School of Government Jocelyne Cesari, CNRS-Paris and Harvard University

  •   Europe: Muslims in Europe: Between Secularism and Multiculturalism Presenter: Farhad Khosrokhavar, École des Hautes Études en Sciences, Paris
  •   America: The Debate on Religious Freedom and Civil Liberties after 9/11 Presenter: José Casanova, New School for Social Research
  •   Muslims and American Secularism Presenter: Jane Smith, Hartford Seminary
  • Concluding Round Table

    Chair: Jocelyne Cesari, CNRS-Paris and Harvard University