Florence Nasar kept checking her phone. She was at an interfaith dinner last Sunday aimed at building friendships between New York Jews and Muslims, and the guests, all in their 20s and early 30s, sat on couches around her, sharing stories about their religious practices, their pasts and their quests to define who they are. Nasar, a Syrian Jew, was actually living those themes. Her secret Muslim boyfriend was on his way. She had not told her family about him, she explained to the other guests, because in the insular community in New Jersey where she was raised, intermarriage is forbidden. But Ms. Nasar, 27, an artist and a dancer, no longer lived at home. She has recently been hosting interfaith events between Syrian Jews and Syrian Muslim refugees, eager to explore their shared heritage. Out of her own interest in understanding people, she had met someone. Nasar was one of about guests at a series of intimate Jewish-Muslim dinners that took place last weekend around Manhattan and Brooklyn to build interfaith understanding.
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The series describes, with tart precision and irony, the lives of young American Muslims who may drink, have sex, and believe in God—and who keep much of their lives secret from their parents and their friends. Youssef plays the title character, Ramy, who is unclear about what type of Muslim he is or ought to be. He dates non-Muslim women but hides his religion. Put off less by his beliefs than by his deceit, she walks away.
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Are there too many Jews in France? How would you react if your daughter married a Muslim? These are some of the opinions sought by a poll on racism in France published Sunday that has caused as much of a stir for its questions as its answers. Nearly a quarter 23 percent said they had witnessed violence or aggressive behaviour towards someone because of their religion, while 54 percent believe that immigration does not benefit France. But it is the provocative line of questioning that has garnered the most attention from commentators.
Angered Twitter users, including several French politicians from both the left and right, claimed that the question not only inappropriately conflates ethnicity with religion, but also asks people to make assumptions about the beliefs and origins of others. Daily newsletter Receive essential international news every morning. Take international news everywhere with you! Download the France 24 app.
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Polling and Analysis. When it comes to friendships as well as family relationships, Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze often stay within their own religious communities. Still, majorities of Christians and Druze say most of their friends share their religion. Even within Israeli Jewry, different subgroups Haredim, Datiim, Masortim and Hilonim tend to be isolated from each other — in some cases starkly.
Particularly among Haredim and Hilonim, the ultra-Orthodox and secular groups at opposite ends of the religious spectrum, relatively few adults say they have many close friends from outside their respective communities. Religious intermarriage is exceedingly rare among Jews in Israel.
‘Mother,’ I said quietly, ‘remember the greatest Man who ever lived was a Jew – Jesus.’ That held her for a minute. ‘Yes,’ she murmured, ‘it is the great paradox.’”.
But precisely such an image — part of a poster campaign celebrating diversity in the Netherlands — has triggered acrimonious debate, charges of racism, acts of vandalism and even threats by those who found it offensive. The reason: The women pictured in a series of posters were wearing Muslim headscarves — including one woman who was shown kissing a man wearing a kippah. To some of the detractors, the poster campaign was a provocation designed to upset the sensibilities of Dutch Muslims and other non-white minorities.
Supporters of the initiative also handed out fliers with the images on the streets. Such women, she said, are subjected to violence and coercion over their choice of romantic partners. Shirin Musa handing out fliers in Rotterdam featuring images from the poster campaign on free choice of partners, May 25, Courtesy of Femme for Freedom. Virtually all of the major media in the Netherlands have reported on the controversy around the poster campaign. Police assigned officers to watch over some of the activists following several incidents.
Two men filmed themselves destroying a poster that was placed on a bus shelter. On Maroc. But, Naftaniel added, Muslim detractors were more likely to focus on the depiction of Muslim women and less on the man wearing a kippah. Despite his doubts about how the campaign can be interpreted, Naftaniel ultimately supports its message promoting freedom in choosing romantic partners.
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Their ceremony was what could only be considered unofficial in Israel, at the beach in Hadera. This is because Israeli law does not permit interfaith marriage. The option left to such couples is to conduct an unofficial ceremony in Israel, but do the actual official marriage in another country, where this then gets retroactively recognized by the state. Aharish and Halevy have held the relationship under the radar for some three years, to avoid the backlash — which surely came.
Various politicians from the right condemned and bemoaned the marriage.
Islam after the conquest of North Africa, with only a few Arabs participating. Much has been written about this invasion which was destined to change the course.
If you were to meet me, you might assume I was an ordinary Sephardi Jewish woman who dresses modestly and covers her hair, living in a Jerusalem suburb with two young daughters. My reality, however, is very different. I was born into a middle-class Islamic family in Pakistan, the seventh and youngest child. There were actually nine children at home, as my mother also raised her two nephews after her sister died.
The household was always busy, and I grew up watching everyone around me, like most younger children in a large family. My parents were secular Muslims who respected their religion; we My parents were secular Muslims who respected their religion all prayed and observed the holidays and some of the fasts. I turned out to be the most religious of the four daughters, the only one in the family who finished reading the Koran.
In Pakistan, an Islamic republic, the rules of modesty and separation of genders are followed.
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Are Muslim men allowed to marry women from another faith other than Islam, Christianity and Judaism? It is permissible for a Muslim man to marry a Christian or a Jewish woman without the need for her to convert to Islam at any time. Although this is permissible, it is not encouraged because interfaith marriages are likely to run into problems.
A Muslim woman may not marry anyone other than a Muslim.
The ill-fated Oslo agreement appeared to many as the political breakthrough that just might end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the hopeful presumed would.
It was May when the pair first met after being introduced through the dating app The League , which screens applicants and is aimed at young, successful, educated professionals. Khan, 33, is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. Cordova, 34, was raised in Seattle. He moved to San Francisco in June and is business development manager for NRG Worldwide, which develops power plants for hospitals and universities. Before their fourth date, Khan said she wanted to break in her new hiking boots for a gorilla-tracking trip she was taking to Tanzania with her best friend.
They stayed in touch during her two weeks in Tanzania and both realized how much they missed each other. As soon as Khan returned, they became a couple.
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I was recently approached by a Muslim chaplain looking for resources for Muslim parents, parents trying to find positive ways for their families to move forward when their adult children choose life partners outside of their faith community. They fear intermarriage will not fit comfortably within the expectations of parents and the boundaries of their faith communities. I am a Roman Catholic immigrant to Canada from Germany living in Toronto and have been married to a Pakistani Muslim for close to 50 years.
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S omething surprising is beginning to emerge in marriage patterns between members of different religions in Britain. In the past, “marrying out” was seen either as a religious sin, partnering up with an unbeliever, or as a social crime, betraying the faith group identity. But in today’s much more tolerant, pluralist society, mixed-faith marriage has become commonplace.
People who mix together at work, socialise together afterwards. They concentrate on what they have in common — be it music, sport or crosswords — not the theologies that divide them. In the past century in Britain, intermarriage tend to mean Jews the main minority faith group marrying Christians. However, in recent years a new trend has arisen: Muslims intermarrying. It reflects the fact that not only is there now a substantial Muslim community, but it is becoming more integrated in British society.
No one is surprised that some Muslims marry Christians — they are the majority population — but to the astonishment of many, Muslims and Jews are beginning to marry each other. This is unexpected, as the Israel-Arab problems in the Middle East have affected relationships between members of the two faiths over here. While there are many working for harmony between them, unwarranted prejudices about each other also abound, with some Jews regarding all Muslims as potential suicide bombers and some Muslims seeing all Jews as Uzi-wielding West Bank extremists.
The thought that their offspring might marry is the ultimate nightmare and, for them, much worse than falling in love with a Christian. There is also a status issue problem. Judaism is matrilineal and Islam patrilineal.
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In the modern era, the Zionist movement and establishment of the State of Israel have exacerbated this longstanding tension, with fallout from events of the recent past—the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada and the wave of anti-Western Islamic terrorism culminating in the attacks of September 11, —bringing the relationship to a low point. Note: This article was written in From a Jewish perspective, two main issues divide contemporary Jews and Muslims.
The first is widespread Muslim rejection of Jewish political control over land—in this instance the State of Israel—considered part of dar al-islam , an Arabic term denoting territory that Muslims consider rightfully theirs because of it having once been under their rule.
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The edited anti-hate text condemning several forms of bigotry gets backing from all Democrat lawmakers; Doug McKelway reports from Washington. According to polls, more than 75 percent of American Jewish voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections. But sadly, Democrats who control the U. House betrayed that loyal support Thursday when they failed to condemn Rep.
Ilhan Omar for repeatedly engaging in hate-filled attacks on Jews and the Jewish state of Israel. Omar, a freshman Democrat representing a district in Minnesota, has engaged in ugly, explicit and repeated displays of anti-Semitism against Jews in the U. She has demonized Israel with false accusations about its treatment of Palestinians. And she has clearly done all this deliberately. While quick to call herself a victim of prejudice against Muslims — she is one of only two Muslim women ever elected to the House — Omar is even quicker to embrace anti-Semitic stereotypes that should be an embarrassment to all decent men and women.
And I say this as a Muslim woman myself. Nothing in Islam requires the faithful to hate Jews or the Jewish state.
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The religious landscape of Western Europe is changing. The Christian population is declining , while the share of religiously unaffiliated adults is increasing. The Muslim population is growing as a result of immigration and higher fertility rates. Meanwhile, the Jewish population appears to be on the decline due to emigration to Israel and other factors. Against this backdrop, Pew Research Center asked people in 15 Western European countries a number of questions related to multiculturalism and pluralism, with a specific emphasis on their attitudes toward Muslims and Jews.
Until recent decades, the idea of a Catholic marrying outside the faith was practically unheard of, if not taboo. Such weddings took place in private ceremonies in.
They held it on a remote ranch, asked the guests to keep their invitations discreet, and informed the public only after it was over. Aharish, a popular television anchor, is Muslim. Halevy, an actor on the mega-hit Netflix series Fauda , is Jewish. And though Arabs and Jews have shared Israel for as long as the country has existed, relationships across the religious and national divide remain a taboo. Theirs last month came at a particularly fraught moment for co-existence between the two sides, just months after Israel enacted a controversial law which seemed to enshrine the idea that Arab citizens could not be equal to Jews.
Tzachi is my brother and the Jewish people are my people. Stop the assimilation! The preoccupation with Arab-Jewish unions is wrapped in the broader issue of interfaith marriage in Israel, the only country in the Western world that does not permit civil marriage. Many Israelis oppose the restriction. Legislators from both secular and religious parties have introduced bills in recent years that would pave the way to civil marriage in Israel but ultra-Orthodox parties have defeated the initiatives in the Knesset plenum.
Instead, many Israelis are voting with their feet, holding nonbinding ceremonies as Aharish and Halevy did with a friend, family member, or even a hired celebrity officiating. More than 2, couples did so in , according to one study. Since the ritual is not legally binding, couples frequently follow up with a trip to Cyprus for a quick civil ceremony. But the most politically and racially charged form of intermarriage is between Jews and Muslim and Christian Israeli citizens, or Palestinian residents of the West Bank.