Mabda Report 13.06.11

MABDA Report 12/6/2011

US: Texas Muslims Launch Campaign against Islamophobia

On Friday,10 June 2011, the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Texas (CAIR-Houston) held a news conference to launch a billboard campaign designed to help challenge growing anti-Muslim sentiment in American society. The launch of the CAIR-Houston "Peace and Unity" campaign will take place under a billboard depicting diverse representatives of the state's Muslim community, with the headline "Proud Americans, Proud Texans, Proud Muslims." Other billboards in the CAIR-Houston campaign will stress interfaith understanding.

Philippine holds interfaith dialogue stakeholders meet at the United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK—Interfaith dialogue stakeholders at the United Nations met here to seek ways of enhancing their individual initiatives by taking stock of present and future activities and programs and exploring possible partnerships.

At the Informal Discussion on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Initiatives and Ideas co-sponsored by the Philippine Mission to the UN, the UNESCO New York Office and the Committee on Religious NGOs at the UN, about 90 participants from Missions, UN agencies and offices listened to the latest initiatives undertaken by UNESCO, the governments of the Philippines, New Zealand, Indonesia, the United States and Pakistan and other religious NGOs.

'My Fellow American': Short Film Offers Platform for Combating Islamophobia

America has always been a melting pot, but in the post-9/11 world the environment can be downright hostile. Radio talk show hosts, pundits and politicians utter statements about Islam and Muslims that if they were to say the same about other religious groups, they would face severe consequences. This hateful discourse leaves me wondering how I can respond in a way that is constructive and doesn't simply perpetuate the shouting and hate speech.

'Arabick Roots' of science and medicine exhibition: Royal launch for London exhibition

London, 9th June 2011: Her Highness Sheikha Mozah of Qatar and British Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, were guest of honour at the launch of an eye-opening new exhibition at The Royal Society in London today. Arabick Roots is a new display highlighting surprising connections between the scientific pioneers of Muslim Civilisation and seventeenth century Britain’s greatest scholars and scientists.

The exhibition displays rare books, scientific instruments and correspondence, showing how science and culture from the Muslim Civilisation influenced and inspired key figures such as Edmund Halley and Robert Boyle. Early Fellows of the Royal Society eagerly pursued works in Arabic and Persian as well as communicating with their intellectual contemporaries in the Arabic-speaking world. At a time when international collaboration is increasingly important to the advancement of science, Arabick Roots reveals the rich and often surprising history of scientific communication between two very different cultures.

MPACUK (Muslim Public Affairs Committee) launches Stop Islamophobia Week

MPACUK is launching Stop Islamophobia Week on 8th – 14th July, to remember the people who were killed in the Srebrenica Massacre and to take action to stop the growing Islamophobia in the UK.

It will be initiating mass petitions to demand that local MPs, councilors and police take effective steps to tackle Islamophobia. It will be contacting mosques to ask them to commemorate the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, and to help mobilize the community to stand up against the rise of anti-Muslim hate. It will be raising awareness of the threat of Islamophobia and what is needed to do to prevent such hate ever reaching the point where Muslims face ethnic cleansing and genocide, as they did just a few years ago in Bosnia.