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Women seek diverse paths to leadership in Islamic spaces

Dec. 08, 2021 11:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Shortly after Kholoud al-Faqeeh was appointed judge in an Islamic religious court in the Palestinian territories, a woman walked in, laid eyes on her and turned around and walked out, murmuring that she didn’t want a woman to rule in her case. Al-Faqeeh was...

'Amazing feeling.' 1st Somali mayor in US shares her vision

Dec. 08, 2021 10:24 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Deqa Dhalac is the first Somali immigrant to become the mayor of a U.S. city, but she describes her rise in local politics as very old fashioned. Dhalac, 53, became mayor of South Portland, the fourth largest city in Maine, on Monday. She fled Somalia in the...

In major change, UAE workweek to be Monday through Friday

Dec. 07, 2021 08:54 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday its official workweek will move to Monday to Friday, a significant change that brings the Islamic nation home to major financial institutions in line with Western schedules. The decision, which is to take...

Maine city inaugurates first Muslim mayor

Dec. 06, 2021 16:11 PM EST

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine official who is believed to be the first Muslim elected to the South Portland City Council is now the city's mayor. Deqa Dhalac was scheduled to become mayor of the state's fourth-largest city on Monday. Voters elected Dhalac to the council in...

Charleston’s Muslim community has long drive to butcher shop

Dec. 06, 2021 00:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It was 2:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in early November, and the truck carrying a shipment of meat to Halal International was late. Owner Ulfat Shagiwall paced the length of his market: down the crowded aisles, behind the butcher counter, into the...

Leaders say explosive at Olympia mosque meant to stoke fear

Dec. 03, 2021 14:43 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An explosive device was tossed at the Islamic Center of Olympia, an act leaders of the facility was an apparent act of intimidation. “It seems like it was meant to stoke fear,”Mustafa Mohamedali, social secretary for the Islamic Center of...

Greece allowing 17 Turkish nationals to seek asylum

Dec. 02, 2021 06:26 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities say 17 Turkish nationals received permission to enter Greece and apply for asylum there after they crossed the border from Turkey. Greek police said the eight men, four women and five children were temporarily detained at a...

Rep. Omar urges House GOP to address 'anti-Muslim hatred'

Nov. 30, 2021 21:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday played a harrowing death threat recently left for her by voicemail, while imploring House Republican leaders to do more to tamp down “anti-Muslim hatred” in their ranks and “hold those who perpetuate it accountable.”...

Iraq electoral commission confirms October election results

Nov. 30, 2021 12:13 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The final results announced by Iraq’s electoral commission on Tuesday confirmed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as the biggest winner in last month's vote, securing 73 out of Parliament’s 329 seats. A Sunni party headed by Parliament Speaker Mohamed...

Kuwait's exiled opposition returns home after royal pardon

Nov. 30, 2021 04:38 AM EST

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Several prominent Kuwaiti opposition figures have returned home from a decade of self-exile after getting amnesty from the ruling emir, a long-awaited move celebrated Tuesday that's aimed at ending the political paralysis that has burned a hole in public finances. ...