Saudi to engage French experts for music, opera, cinema

Saudi to engage French experts for music, opera, cinema

Saudi Arabia is seeking French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra under an agreement signed on April 9 that underlined the modernising agenda of the kingdom’s crown prince as he began his official trip to Paris. “The deal will see the Paris opera company help the ultra-conservative Islamic nation produce its own […]

Kashmir potentially attractive to ISIS: US scribe

Kashmir potentially attractive to ISIS: US scribe

Kashmir is potentially attractive to ISIS, with a large community of radicalized youth, mountainous territory, and a long-established insurgency that could potentially be co-opted The ongoing conflict in Kashmir is a tempting prospect for global Islamic militant groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, according to an American journalist and writer. “For more than two decades several […]

Al-Qaradawi is ‘extremist’ preacher: Saudi varsity

Al-Qaradawi is ‘extremist’ preacher: Saudi varsity

Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh has warned its students and staff against “devious ideas” being propagated by five “extremist” preachers, including the famous Egyptian scholar Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. The university has erected large banners and billboards carrying the names and pictures of the five preachers in different parts of the campus, the Saudi […]

Now, Friday sermons in Pakistani capital to be approved by authorities

Now, Friday sermons in Pakistani capital to be approved by authorities

Officials said they will also monitor the use of loudspeakers installed at places of worship to curb verbal attacks on sects, hate speech and prevent the sentiments of other religions and sects from being hurt Friday sermons in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad will now be delivered after they have been approved by the administration which will […]

Norway proposes bill to ban niqab

Norway proposes bill to ban niqab

The Norwegian government has proposed a nationwide ban on the wearing of full-face veils, such as the burqa and the niqab, in universities, schools, and kindergartens. France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all imposed restrictions on wearing full-face veils in public places. If passed by parliament, Norway could become […]

In a first, transgender newscaster appears on Pak TV

In a first, transgender newscaster appears on Pak TV

A local broadcaster has hired a transgender newscaster for the first time in Pakistan’s history, reports said Saturday. A senior Pakistani journalist posted  a picture of Maavia Malik on twitter and wrote Pakistan’s first news caster on screen now” -Maavia Malik. Shiraz Hassan, who is associated with BBC, didn’t give further details. Pakistan’s Senate, the […]