Guestview: Ritual slaughter ban reflects fights over food and faith in the Netherlands

By Guest Contributor
June 30, 2011

(A halal butcher in Geneva, August 23, 2010/Denis Balibouse)

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Martijn de Koning is a Dutch anthropologist in the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen. This is an shortened version of an analysis originally posted on his blog CLOSER.

European Jewish groups vow to fight Dutch ritual slaughter ban

June 29, 2011

(A kosher food shop in Berlin's Mitte district November 3, 2008/Fabrizio Bensch)

Dutch vote to ban ritual animal slaughter, Jews and Muslims unite in protest

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2011

(Marianne Thieme, leader of the Dutch Animal Rights Party, at a goat farm in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, December 11, 2006/Koen van Weel )

France plans nation-wide Islam and secularism debate

February 17, 2011
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(President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, February 16, 2011/Francois Mori)

Russian firm plans halal reindeer meat exports to Qatar

By Reuters Staff
December 22, 2010

reindeer (Photo: A Nenets tribesman and his  herd of reindeers on the Yamal peninsula, north of the polar circle, August 4, 2009/Denis Sinyakov)

When rival energy producers Russia and Qatar talk business, it’s no longer only about natural gas — they’re talking reindeer meat, which Russia has promised to export and butcher according to Muslim dietary law. The prospect of Russia exporting halal reindeer meat products to the desert kingdom first came up last month when the governor of Russia’s Arctic Yamal Nenets region, where most of Russia’s gas is produced, was in Qatar for investment talks.

Muslim religious demands on French state schools rising: report

October 25, 2010

lyceeThe sometimes difficult integration of Muslims is climbing the ladder of public concerns in Europe. It’s been hotly debated in Germany and figured in recent elections in the Netherlands and Austria. Now, a French government body called the High Council for Integration (HCI) has drawn up a critical report about the problems faced by — and posed by — school pupils with immigrant backgrounds. It’s not only about Muslim pupils, but they are mentioned so frequently that it’s clear who’s mostly involved here.

Can halal cosmetics outgrow their Islamic beauty niche?

By Reuters Staff
October 6, 2010

halal cosmeticsThursday evening at a luxury, Pharaonic-themed spa in Dubai. Emirati women, colorful eye makeup contrasting with their black robes, wait by a bronze statue of a smiling Cleopatra for their weekend beauty treat.

French fast food chain expands halal-only outlets after sales double in trial

August 31, 2010

quick 1A French fast food chain announced on Tuesday it would almost triple its line of halal hamburger restaurants because sales had doubled in a trial that sparked a heated debate about the integration of Muslims.

Hubbub over halal in France

February 20, 2010
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A Quick fast food restaurant in Roubaix, 18 Feb 2010/Pascal Rossignol

After the noise over the niqab, now there’s a hubbub over halal in France.

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101 ways with halal

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SheepThe technicalities of Islamic finance may seem arcane to outsiders but participants of the Reuters Summit on Islamic Banking and Finance have been keen to take it to a broader audience.