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In the News: Racism, Ramadan, Romanian Witches and more!

In the News: Racism, Ramadan, Romanian Witches and more!

A round-up of the week's religion news.
To Hajj Without an Escort

To Hajj Without an Escort

By Alex Thurston During the week of September 24, Saudi Arabian authorities detained and subsequently deported over 1,000 Nigerian female pilgrims who were on the hajj to Mecca. The incident caused considerable tension between the two countries.

In the World weekly links, Pandora’s Box edition

…most residents of Trivandrum had not been clamoring for the temple’s vaults to be searched. This had initially puzzeled me. In America…it’s inconceivable that a mysterious, locked door would be left alone. (Recall Geraldo Rivera breaking into Al Capone’s vault, in the nineteen-eighties). But in India the wealth stored in the vaults of Hindu temples...

Religion, Saudi Arabia’s Symbolic Resource

Stephane Lacroix writes for Foreign Policy that the same types of unrest that are taking place across the Middle East have bypassed Saudi Arabia for two reasons, one "material" and the other "symbolic."  The first is most obviously Saudi Arabia's immense oil reserves and subsequent national wealth.  The second is what Lacroix calls the...

Know Your Audience (If Not the Story)

In the wake of the U.S. State Department’s report on worldwide religious freedom, which once again condemned Saudi Arabia as a severe violator of religious liberty that only allowed citizens to follow the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam, comes the story of a Saudi teacher convicted for classroom irreverence, and given a sentence of three...

Daily Links 03 December 2004

Gods of Nationalism Kalyan Singh, leader of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), today deposed before theLiberhan Commission, a 12-year old commission investigating the 1992 demolition of theBabri Mosque by a crowd of nearly one million Hindu nationalists that also killed 13 men and children during the night of riots. Hindu groups believe the 16th Century...