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Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that anyone questioning basic Islamic principles could face execution.
At dawn each day for 800 years, a member of the same Muslim family has opened a door to Christianity’s holiest shrine in the Holy Land’s most sacred city. But this door is narrow and could become a death trap if thousands of pilgrims visit the church.
Pope John Paul hopes to fulfill his dream of tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ next March when he makes a visit to Holy Land sites ruled by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Running and hiding gets more difficult for Osama bin Laden, the alleged terrorist whose hosts in Afghanistan face UN sanctions, may take little comfort from a precedent in Libya earlier this year.
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered on November 14 that a huge shrine be removed from the grave site of Baruch Goldstein, the US-born Jewish settler who massacred 29 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron in 1994.
Egypt continued a crackdown on the banned Muslim Brotherhood on November 13, ordering the detention of eight people accused of belonging to the country’s largest fundamentalist group, court sources said.
Al Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious institution of learning, has appealed a court decision that it must re-admit a transsexual belly-dancer to its women’s faculty.
The leader of a mystical Muslim sect who reportedly claims she can resurrect the Prophet Muhammad was jailed after a hearing in Egypt’s state security court, officials said on November 13.
Five Algerian soldiers, three of them officers, were killed in two attacks by suspected Islamic extremists who injured nine other people including civilians Algerian newspapers reported November 7.
The military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas threatened on November 6 to renew attacks in response to Israel’s Jewish settlement policies. The statement containing the warning was issued two days before Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization began talks on November 8.
The presidential decree of October 27 sending 20 arrested members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to military court has provoked a number of protests in Egypt.
Thousands of Egyptian Muslims clamored into tents set up at Abbasiya’s Youth Center on November 7 to find out if this year would be the chance to fulfill one of their most important religious obligations.
Saudi Arabia’s interior minister said in remarks published Saturday he did not see any threat to the kingdom from dissident Osama bin Laden, wanted by the United States for last year’s embassy bombings in Africa.
Business executives in Saudi Arabia continue to transfer tens of millions of dollars to bank accounts linked to Osama bin Laden, accused of last year’s U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, USA Today reported Friday.
In a rare public glimpse of a fierce internal debate, Islamist spiritual leader Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman denounced attempts to work within the Egyptian political system by two fledgling Islamist parties.
With just two months to go before the start of the new millennium, Israel is bracing itself for an influx of Christian cranks, who at best see the date as heralding the return of the Messiah and the Last Judgment and at worst are suspected of wanting to hasten these events.
Churches in the Holy Land Thursday said they would shut for two days this month to protest plans by Israel for a mosque to be built near the main Christian shrine in Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. The announcement carried with it a veiled threat that church doors could also slam shut at...
Medina’s first ’cyber café’ opened last June in the heart of the city which like Mecca is still officially closed to non-Muslims. The cafe is a spin-off of the Al Medina Research and Studies Centre, set up by regional governor Prince Abdel Majeed to collate everything to do with the sacred city.
After moving against Egypt’s offshore press in 1998 by making them go through the prime minister’s office for approval, the government has turned its attention to the local press and is reminding them who’s boss by demanding payment of massive back taxes.
Israel is seeking a way out for its auxiliary militia, the South Lebanon Army (SLA), when its forces withdraw from southern Lebanon in line with a pledge by Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The SLA currently numbers around 2,500 fighters and 600 men in clerical positions. Though 60 percent of them are...
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