Major Mecca Pilgrimage Exhibition Opens in Netherlands

21 August 2013

 

In partnership with the British Museum in London, Leiden’s National Museum of Ethnology is displaying an exhibition dedicated to the Hajj. More than 250 objects from Indonesia and Morocco have been collected for the show, including 80 works from the Nasser D. Khalilii Collection of Islamic Art. The exhibition is to run from 10 September, 2013 to 9 March, 2014.

 

McDonald’s settles case alleging sandwich sold at Mich. store wasn’t halal as advertised

DEARBORN, Mich. — McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers.Ahmed’s attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he’s “thrilled” with the preliminary deal that’s expected to be finalized March 1. McDonald’s and Finley’s Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests.The lawsuit alleged that Ahmed bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald’s but found it wasn’t halal — meaning it didn’t meet Islamic requirements for preparing
food. Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God’s name must be invoked before an animal providing meat for consumption is slaughtered.Dakhlallah said he was approached by Ahmed, and they conducted an investigation. A letter sent to McDonald’s Corp. and Finley’s Management by Dakhlallah’s firm said Ahmed had “confirmed from a source familiar with the inventory” that the restaurant had sold non-halal food “on many occasions.”After they received no response to the letter, Dakhlallah said, they filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court in November 2011 as part of a class action.

British Museum announces major Christianity and Islam exhibitions

Two major exhibitions about Christianity and Islam form the backbone of the British Museum’s plans for late 2011 and early 2012, it was announced today.

The museum will also borrow more than 200 objects from the recently rebuilt National Museum in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for a one-off show exploring the city’s historical background as a cultural crossroad.

The Christianity exhibition will be called Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe and will examine the central importance and veneration of relics. It will run in late 2011 and be followed in 2012 by The Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, telling the worldwide story of the journey all Muslims are meant to make at some point in their lives to Mecca.

Groups help resettle scholars amid increasing violence

Donny George endured three wars, international sanctions and looting that robbed Iraq of many of its ancient treasures. The university professor, who was director of the National Museum and chairman of Iraq’s Board of Antiquities and Heritage, stayed put until a year ago. Then an envelope arrived at his home, containing a bullet and a threat to kill his teenage son for allegedly cursing Islam and teasing Muslim girls. George’s accountant, a colleague and two of his students had already been killed, he says. He and his family fled to Syria and four months later to the USA, where he teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook…

Patrick Weil and 7 other scholars resigned from the Cité nationale de l’Immigration’s board

The historian Patrick Weil and 7 other scholars announced that they will resigned from the Cit_ Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration’s board (CNHI – French National Museum of the History of Immigration) as a way to protest against the creation of a ministry of immigration and national identity, recently instaured by France’s new president Nicolas Sarkozy.