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Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

By Teo Sagisman…..
This week the Turks are celebrating an age-old tradition, known as Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in Arabic. Called Kurban Bayrami in Turkish, this tradition is both religiously and culturally important to many Turks. Kurban Bayrami is a long extended holiday, equivalent to the importance and length of the Christmas celebrations in the western world. The 4,0000 year-old story behind the Feast of the Sacrifice is common to all Abrahamic religions – Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but in the modern world, only adherents to Islam commemorate it in a literal way. As the story is told in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bible, and the Quran, God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice his beloved son.

The Politics of Religion: From the Feast of the Assumption to the Ground Zero Mosque

The Politics of Religion: From the Feast of the Assumption to the Ground Zero Mosque

While most Muslim Turks labored to complete their first week of Ramadan during a record breaking heat wave, two branches of Christianity celebrated the August 15th Feast of the Assumption at prominent Christian pilgrimage sites. In Western Turkey, Capuchin Catholic Priests celebrated the Feast of the Assumption at the Our Lady of Ephesus Shrine (Meryem Ana) and in the Black Sea region, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of some 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, presided over the Assumption Mass at Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, Turkey.

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

A young pregnant rape victim was sentenced to a one year prison term and 100 lashes (postnatal) by a Saudi judge. The charge: adultery! The girl testified that she had been repeatedly raped by four men who took her to an abandoned building. The victim did not report the event because the Saudi justice system almost always finds the woman at fault in cases of rape. After realizing she was pregnant, the victim went to King Fahd Hospital in the hopes of obtaining an abortion. She was promptly arrested by the Mutaween and charged with adultery.