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Confronting religious extremism

October 21st, 2014
10:06 AM ET

As ISIS commits terrible crimes in the name of Islam, Christiane Amanpour speaks with two experts on the religion.

Click above to watch.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Islam • Latest Episode • Syria

For Pakistani/British comedian, material draws on ‘deeply confusing’ cross-cultural childhood

September 12th, 2014
10:33 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Nadia Manzoor wanted to be an astronaut.

“Nadia, how can you be astronaut?,” she recalls her father asking. “Other women can't be astronauts. Who will cook? Who will clean? Who will feed your husband if you're floating about in space?”

For the Pakistani Brit, that experience was less demoralizing than inspiring – inspiration for sardonic humor, and a one-woman show, “Burq Off!”

Comedy, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, was a tool “that allowed me to look at difficult things like, you know, dogmatism and traditional thinking and patriarchal oppression” in a lighthearted way.

“My father from the earliest I can remember reminded me that I shouldn't get fat, I shouldn't eat too many French fries, because my inherent purpose would be jeopardized, which is to be a wife and a mother.”


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Islam • Latest Episode

Malala Yousafzai: 'Girls in Nigeria are my sisters'

May 7th, 2014
02:07 PM ET

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most famous advocate for girls’ right to education, tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that "girls in Nigeria are my sisters."

Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban in her native country in 2012. The group targeted her because of our outspoken support for girls' education.

She says that Boko Haram, which kidnapped nearly 300 girls in Nigeria, does not understand Islam.

"I think they haven’t studied Islam yet, they haven’t studied Quran yet, and they should go and they should learn Islam," she told Amanpour from Birmingham, in the UK, where she has been living and attending school. (She is now the face of The Malala Fund.)

"I think that they should think of these girls as their own sisters. How can one imprison his own sisters and treat them in such a bad way?"

You can see Amanpour's full interview with Malala below. FULL POST

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Islam • Latest Episode • Nigeria

Religions unite over anti-slavery initiative

March 19th, 2014
10:28 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Major religious faiths around the world are joining forces to fight the scourge of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Australian billionaire and mining magnate Andrew Forrest has signed up major religious heavyweights –Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar mosque in Egypt, Islam's highest-ranking Sunni cleric.

This week their representatives gathered at the Vatican to sign on to Andrew Forrest’s initiative, the Global Freedom Network.

Forrest joined Amanpour in her London studio, along with Archbishop David Moxon of the Anglican Church and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo of the Catholic Church.

“I got dragged, really, kicking and screaming, into this cause by my daughter, Grace,” Forrest said. “When she was 15, she worked in an orphanage in Nepal and our intelligence was that there was something was suspect about the orphanage.”

When she returned to the orphanage they discovered that the only children left were “severely disfigured” or “mentally handicapped, i.e. could not be sold.”

The Global Freedom Network has ambitious goals: to get 162 governments to publicly endorse the fund, get 50 multi-national businesses to modern slavery-proof their supply chains, and convince the G20 to adopt an anti-slavery initiative.


Filed under:  Catholic Church • Christiane Amanpour • Islam • Latest Episode

Islamic scholar who condemned terrorism: 'I am not afraid'

March 12th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

By Tom Evans;  Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

(CNN) –The Islamic scholar who issued a powerful fatwa, or religious ruling, against terrorism and suicide bombers said Thursday that he was not afraid of reprisals from his enemies and did not fear for his life.

"I am not afraid of any human being on the surface of Earth," Sheikh Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"I am working ... to bridge up the Muslim world and the Western world, to remove the hatreds, to remove all misunderstandings."

"So this is a good cause. I am not afraid of anybody. It depends upon whatever my Lord wants. If I have to live, I will live. Otherwise, I am not afraid."

Ul-Qadri was speaking to CNN just over a week after he issued a 600-page fatwa in London denouncing terrorists as "the biggest enemies of Islam."


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Fatwa for Peace

March 11th, 2010
07:07 PM ET

Today we speak with Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri who has issued a 600-page fatwa against terrorism. Can it stop suicide bombings and encourage moderate Muslims to take a stand against terrorism? We want to launch a conversation how much influence you think a Fatwa has on different societies. So please read the English summary here and tell us what you think in our comment section below:

Filed under:  1 • Islam

Islamic Headscarves

February 4th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

  • HIJAB: Tightly worn scarf that covers the neck but not the face. Most common head covering.

  • CHADOR: All enveloping black garment that leaves the face uncovered.

  • NIQAB: A veil that covers the face, exposing only the eyes.

  • BURQA: Full body garment that leaves only a mesh for seeing. Widely used in Afghanistan.

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    SHORT FILM: My mother's daughter

    February 4th, 2010
    03:01 PM ET

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    Burqa becomes focus of tense debate in Europe

    February 4th, 2010
    12:40 PM ET

    By Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

    As France moves closer to a partial ban on the burqa, a leading European lawmaker declared Wednesday that the full Muslim veil is a symbol of political Islam and has no place in Europe.

    "The majority (of Europeans) don't want the political Islam and the symbols of political Islam. And the burqa is part of the political Islam that the majority rejects," Naser Khader, a Syrian-born Conservative member of the Danish Parliament, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

    But he insisted that opposing political Islam is not the same as being "Islamophobic."

    "Wearing the burqa and niqab is oppressive of women. And many Muslims are against the burqa and niqab," he said, referring to Islamic women's clothing that covers from head to toe.

    // Khader said the majority of the estimated 20 million Muslims living in the European Union are well-integrated, law-abiding and loyal citizens.

    "The burqa and niqab have no place in Western Europe", he added.


    Filed under:  1 • Islam

    French Muslims say law would isolate women

    February 3rd, 2010
    07:41 PM ET

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