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The Clash of Ignorance: Shafique Virani

Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, founding Director of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, and past Chair of the Department of Historical Studies, Dr. Shafique Virani (PhD, Harvard University) is an award-winning author and internationally recognized public speaker who has addressed people from over 50 countries and audiences of over 15,000. Describing him as “a visionary,” the United Nations honoured him for dedicating his efforts “to the cause of extending the frontiers of knowledge and the welfare of humankind.” Click here to watch the full talk.


Abdirahman Abdi death: Somali mothers’ group calls for removal of two officers pending SIU probe

Source: Ottawa Citizen
Author: Norman Provencher

A group of Somali mothers in Ottawa is calling for the city’s police force to “remove” two officers pending the completion of the provincial watchdog’s review of the July 24 death of Abdirahman Abdi.

“We demand that Chief (Charles) Bordeleau immediately remove the two police officers. . . . We do not feel safe with them still patrolling the streets.”

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Lachine bread factory gives jobs to Syrian refugees

Source: CTV Montreal

A Lachine bread factory and the Dorval mosque have teamed up to make the lives of some Syrian refugees easier.

The mosque worked hard to bring refugees to Quebec late last year, and now several have found work at the factory making Amoun Foods products.

Mohammad Shaban is one of those refugees. He has gone from counting the dough to making it.

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Refusing to recognise polygamy in the West: a solution or a soundbite?

Source: The Independent
Author: Yasmin Rehman

Polygamy in the UK and the West raises many questions and challenges: integration of migrant communities, ensuring adherence to State laws, the role of Sharia courts and balancing freedom of religion and gender equality.

 As the United Kingdom was in the final throes of the EU referendum debate, polygamy was being discussed in the German Bundestag. On 15 June, Heiko Maas, the German Minister of Justice, stated that Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors. The law in Germany, as in many other countries including the UK is clear: no-one is allowed to be legally married to more than one person at a time. But in practice polygamous relationships are often quietly tolerated.

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