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UK: Manchester lifestyle Expo set to highlight Muslim ‘mumpreneurs’

By: Paul Colston Source: Conference News Organisers of the Muslim Lifestyle Expo 2016, to be held at Manchester’s EventCity, 29-30 October, estimate that females currently form 50% of business start-ups from the Muslim community. It is a figure they believe is set to rise further in the future. Nearly six in 10 of the exhibitors at the expo will be female, a tribute to the rising crop of female Muslim ‘mumpreneurs’. Oraganisers of the event also expect 10,000 visitors to what is set to be the UK’s biggest showcase of the trillion-dollar global Muslim consumer industry. Visitors will be able to meet 130 exhibitors, including companies dealing in ‘mocktails’, greeting cards, luxury prayer...

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Simon Rettig, left, and Massumeh Farhad, curators of the exhibit "The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts," look at pages from a 5-foot by 7-foot Quran displayed as part of the exhibit, at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

US: First ever major Quran exhibition in Washington DC

By: AP Source: AP via Chicago Sun Times WASHINGTON (AP) — Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it’s said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it. Two consecutive pages of this Quran will be on display during the show “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts,” which opened Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The sprawling pages, each measuring 5 feet by 7 feet, have rows of calligraphy standing 8 to 9 inches high. They date from about 1400, and have been on long-term loan with the Smithsonian museum. The passage on display is from a chapter explaining that “signs of God and evidence of His goodness are all...

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Maria Zocohi, third from left, listens to Spanish translator Somayah Gonzalez during a tour of Anaheim's Islamic Institute of Orange County where the 14th Annual Open Mosque Day was held. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

US: Muslims open mosque to open hearts

By: Jonathan Winslow Source: The Orange County Register ANAHEIM – Amidst the season’s heated political rhetoric involving Muslims, people around Orange County gathered at local mosques Sunday for “Open Mosque Day,” a chance to get to know their Muslim neighbors better and learn about the realities of Islam firsthand. First started by the Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella organization of mosques and other Muslim organizations, Open Mosque Day serves as an opportunity for people of different faiths to be introduced to Islam and Muslim culture. For this 14th annual event, 26 mosques in Orange County opened their doors – a small slice of about 500 participating mosques...

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