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Woman Quits Teaching for ISIS, Then Quits ISIS

Syrian says she patrolled streets to enforce Islamic law

(Newser) - A Syrian elementary school teacher says she joined ISIS to help topple President Bashar al-Assad, but ended up fleeing the group for her life. Covered in a niqab and calling herself Khadija, she tells CNN that she initially enjoyed demonstrations against al-Assad and came to hate the chaos and bloodshed... More »

Hollywood Shuns Posh Hotels ... Over Harsh Islamic Law

Stars protest Brunei ownership after nation OKs stoning

(Newser) - Hollywood has turned its back on two of its favorite hotels over harsh Islamic laws introduced in the tiny sultanate of Brunei. The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air are owned by Brunei's sultan and at least nine major entertainment industry events have been pulled from the hotels,... More »

Clerics: Desperate Syrians May Eat Dogs

Damascus suburbs being starved out

(Newser) - The days of dogs and cats living in Damascus or its hard-hit suburbs might be numbered, at least according to local clerics. With reports surfacing of regime loyalists using starvation tactics against rebel-held areas like Muadhamiya, Syrian clerics have issued a fatwa telling the faithful that is OK to eat... More »

Egypt Breaks Up Baby-Trafficking Ring

Doctors, nurses allegedly removed kids by C-section

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities have arrested five people in a baby-trafficking ring that helped nearly 300 adoptive parents skirt the nation's Islamic laws, AFP reports. Members of the ring allegedly removed unwanted babies by C-section from mothers who had waited too long to get an abortion. The ring then sold babies... More »

Saudi Woman May Withdraw From Games Over Hijab Ban

Shaherkani will withdraw from judo match if not allowed to wear headscarf

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia made history by sending two female athletes to the Olympics this year—but that number could drop to one if a judoka is not allowed to wear a hijab during her judo bouts. The International Judo Federation president said last week that Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani will... More »

Saudi Arabia: Only Women Can Sell Lingerie

Country applies 2006 law

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia says starting Thursday, only females can work in women's lingerie stores. The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect, partly due to hard-liners in the religious establishment who oppose the whole idea of women working where... More »

Woman Spares Man Who Blinded Her With Acid

Ameneh Bahrami halts 'eye for eye' punishment

(Newser) - As Ramadan begins in the Islamic world this week, a remarkable story of forgiveness out of Iran: Ameneh Bahrami halted the "eye for an eye" blinding of Majid Movahedi, who blinded and disfigured her seven years ago when he dumped a bucket of acid on her. Movahedi was minutes... More »

Iran Postpones Court-Ordered Blinding

Acid attacker sentenced to have acid dropped in eyes

(Newser) - Iran has postponed a literal eye-for-an-eye punishment it was due to carry out today. A court had ordered a man who threw a bucket of acid in the face of a woman who refused to marry him to have acid dropped in both eyes. Human rights groups including Amnesty International... More »

Florida Judge Will Consult Islamic Law in Suit

He'll use it in case involving mosque, fired trustees

(Newser) - A judge in Florida trying to resolve a convoluted case involving a mosque and four of its fired trustees says he will consult Islamic law to settle one aspect of the case, reports the St. Petersburg Times . The decision is drawing flak from conservative bloggers who say sharia is being... More »

Oklahoma to Vote on Islamic Law Ban

...except Sharia has never been used in the state

(Newser) - Next Tuesday, the people of Oklahoma will have their say on a measure to ban Islamic law from being used in the state—even though it never has been, the Los Angeles Times reports. In the US as a whole, only a few cases have even alluded to Sharia law.... More »

Domestic Abuse Legal in UAE

...so long as husband leaves no marks on wife, children

(Newser) - A man can beat his wife and kids to discipline them as long as he leaves no marks, the United Arab Emirates' Federal Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling was made in relation to a case in which a man beat up his wife, who sustained injuries to her mouth,... More »

Saudi Judge Seeks to Sever Man's Spine

Paralyzed victim wants attacker to suffer the same fate

(Newser) - An eye for an eye—a spine for a spine? A judge in Saudi Arabia has been asking hospitals whether or not they can sever the spinal cord of a man convicted of paralyzing another man in an attack with a cleaver, the AP reports. At least one hospital has... More »

Iran Clamps Down on 'Decadent' Haircuts

Mullets, ponytails axed under new rules

(Newser) - Mullets aren't just unfashionable, they're un-Islamic, according to the Iranian government. The country's culture ministry has produced a catalog of banned and approved haircuts. Ponytails and spikes aren't allowed, but quiffs and 80s-style floppy fringes appear to be fine, the Telegraph notes. Offenders can expect a hard time from Iran's... More »

Muslims Issue Fatwa Against Airport Scanners

Machines violate rules on modesty

(Newser) - Body scanners at airports violate Islamic rules on modesty and Muslim-American groups have barred the faithful from using them. “It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women," an influential Muslim council said in a fatwa forbidding... More »

Sudanese Cops Beat Pants Protesters

(Newser) - Supporters of a woman facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers were beaten and teargassed by police in Sudan yesterday, the Guardian reports. Some her female supporters wore pants in solidarity with Lubna Hussein, in defiance of the country's law against "indecent dressing." "We are here to protest... More »

Nigerian Rebel Leader Dies in Police Custody

(Newser) - The leader of an uprising set on introducing Islamic law in Nigeria died in custody today, the BBC reports. Mohammed Yusuf was captured in his in-laws’ goat pen in Maiduguri—and was later seen standing and with no visible injuries by a Reuters reporter. “He has been killed,”... More »

Female UN Worker in Sudan Wears Pants, Faces Flogging

(Newser) - A local woman working for the United Nations in Sudan has been charged with wearing “clothing causing harassment to the public sentiments” and could be flogged 40 times tomorrow for the crime, the Washington Post reports. Lubna Ahmed Hussein and 12 other women were rounded up earlier this month... More »

Saudi Prince to Liberal Bro: Stop Spreading Vice

He's mad that media mogul reintroduced movie theaters

(Newser) - A conservative Saudi prince has exposed a rift in the royal family with an unprecedented attack on his liberal brother, the BBC reports. Prince Khaled called for the assets of Prince Whaled—owner of a huge media empire that includes a big stake in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.—to... More »

Ahmadinejad: Holocaust a 'Big Deception'

(Newser) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today again denied the Holocaust and excoriated the concept of liberal democracy, AFP reports. “Liberal democracy has been exposed to the world by its protection of the most criminal regime in the history of humanity, the Zionist regime,” he said in a campaign speech,... More »

Saudis May Outlaw Under-18 Marriages

(Newser) - The days of 8-year-olds getting married in Saudi Arabia may be numbered. Spurred by international hostility toward the marriage of a girl that age to a 50-year-old man, the nation is considering a ban on marriage for those under 18, Reuters reports. Such a restriction is “among the options... More »

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