Vol. 12    Issue 2-3   01 - 30 June 2017
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Ramadan in a Globalising World

Professor A. R. MOMIN



Globalization is a metaphor for the increasing interconnectedness of the world. It refers to a broad spectrum of processes in the contemporary world, including large-scale international migrations, the rapid growth and impact of modern information and communication technologies, the unprecedented flow and movement of capital, technology, goods and services, peoples, ideas, lifestyles and cultural symbols, the global intertwining of communication, production and consumption, the rise of supranational frames of power and international relations, the increasing porousness and fluidity of national borders, and transnational diasporas. Under the impact of globalization, all countries are now increasingly interconnected through trade, information and communication technologies and migration, and social, economic and political processes are becoming increasingly global in scope. Globalization is a complex, multi-layered process, involving economic, technological, social, political and cultural dimensions, which are often interlinked.    Read more

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RAMADAN AROUND THE WORLD (2017)



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How the war changed Ramadan in Baghdad

Mohamed al-Azawi and his wife describe how Ramadan traditions have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

By Zineb Abdessadok

Before the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq in 2003, Mohamed al-Azawi worked as a university professor in Baghdad. For security reasons, he was forced to leave his wife and children during the war. He relocated to Jordan, Syria, Bahrain and finally Doha, Qatar, where he has lived since 2010.

Doha - "So you want to know about Ramadan in Iraq?" Mohamed says with a grin as he opens the door.  Read more



RAMADAN: A MONTH OF MULTIPLE BLESSINGS

Professor A. R. MOMIN

The ritual of fasting on certain days or for extended periods of time has existed in many parts of the world since ancient times. The motives for fasting differ from society to society and include cleansing of the body, restoration of energy, penitence and spiritual purification. Ancient Egyptians, for example, believed that fasting for three days in a month would ensure good health and youthfulness. The ancient Greeks fasted on certain days in order to purify their bodies and to sharpen their mental faculties. The Greek physician Hippocrates, who lived in the 5th century BC and who is generally regarded as the father of medicine, prescribed fasting as a means of combating illness.  Read more

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Meet these non-Muslim Dubai expats who fast during Ramadan

Anita Iyer

Even though they are not Muslims and do not practice Islam, the holy month has a special place in their hearts. Much to the surprise of those around, these Dubai expats have been fasting for the past couple of years. They follow the Ramadan fast in its entirety - abstaining from food and water from dawn to dusk. And practicing Ramadan doesn't stop at only fasting as they indulge in philanthropic activities during the month and beyond.  Read more

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Ramadan 2017: Fasting hours around the world

Fasting will be the longest in Greenland and Sweden, and shortest in Chile and Australia.

Alia Chughtai

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month - they begin fasting at the Fajr call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown.

In recent years, Ramadan has moved increasingly into the summer months which bring long days in the northern hemisphere and sweltering heat for many countries. Conversely, Ramadan has fallen on the shortest, winter days in the southern hemisphere.  Read more

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Dates –Wholesome Food for Ramadan

By Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi Deputy Director (Retd)

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month - they begin fasting at the Fajr call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown.

In recent years, Ramadan has moved increasingly into the summer months which bring long days in the northern hemisphere and sweltering heat for many countries. Conversely, Ramadan has fallen on the shortest, winter days in the southern hemisphere.  Read more

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