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"Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the [18th] century, Syriac books printed in Iraq's first printing house in the [19th] century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early [20th] century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs":

"The statement echoed the opening remarks at the conference of the grand sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's respected seat of learning. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb called for educational reform to correct a historical misreading of the Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad": " It isn’t just leaked cables that have undermined the Israeli PM’s speech to world leaders. According to his predictions, we should all be dead by now": Erdogan's party has enacted "a slew of protections [including] criminalizing marital rape and increasing penalties for so-called honor killings. In 2012, Turkey became the first country in Europe to ratify a Council of Europe treaty on violence against women..." Is culture the problem? "His family said he was a political prisoner who had been "tyrannised" and that his health was at risk in prison. The pardon bid means a delay in Anwar's disqualification from politics. He has widely been seen as the only real threat to the ruling coalition": "CFCM has been unable to make progress on pressing issues such as training imams and chaplains or regulating halal slaughter. Its members cannot even agree on when to start the fast in the holy month of Ramadan": "Israeli settlers vandalized and set fire to a mosque in a village near Bethlehem on Wednesday, officials said, raising tensions in the occupied West Bank one day after Israeli soldiers shot dead a 19-year-old college student in a military raid on a refugee camp": Abercrombie's policy "prohibited wearing headscarves or anything in black." A "federal appeals court in Denver threw out [an EEOC $20,000] award and concluded that Abercrombie & Fitch could not be held liable because [the interviewer] never asked the company to relax its policy against headscarves":


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