POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 01, 2015 AT 21:16 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 01, 2015 21:16 IST

On July 23, 2015, we had carried a story on how a PhD researcher came across one of the oldest fragments of the Holy Quran in the Birmingham university library. 

Initial tests showed that, with a probability of more than 95%, the parchment was from between 568 CE and 645 CE.

Recent reports about the carbon dating of these fragments reveal some interesting facts.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 01, 2015 AT 21:16 IST, Edited At: Sep 01, 2015 21:16 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 23, 2015 AT 23:15 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 23, 2015 23:15 IST

Imagine it's sometime between 610 AD to 632 AD. Imagine a Prophet receiving revelations from God which would form the basis of one of the world's largest religions. Imagine people sitting around him hearing him preach, in the middle of a hot, arid desert, some committing it to memory, others writing it down on anything that they can lay their hands on - parchment, stone, palm leaves and the shoulder blades of camels. 

Now imagine a fragment of it turning up 1,370 years later, in a far away land. Birmingham, UK, to be precise.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 23, 2015 AT 23:15 IST, Edited At: Jul 23, 2015 23:15 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST

An Australian woman, aboard a train in Sydney, stood up for a Muslim woman who was allegedly being harassed for wearing a hijab. 

A report in the Independent says:

Stacey Eden claimed an older woman was accusing the unidentified Muslim woman and the man sat next to her of being an Isis supporter because she was wearing a hijab.

Ms Eden, from Sydney, said the alleged tirade began "a good ten minutes" before she started filming the woman, later uploading the video on to her Facebook page.

The footage shows the older woman who has not been named so far, sitting opposite to the Muslim woman on the train, asking "why do you wear it [a hijab] for a man that marries a six year-old girl?" 

The couple chose to remain silent but Eden responded: "She wears it for herself, OK? She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her."

The older woman continued: :Your kids behead people in Syria. […] Read the newspapers, 148 people, Christians murdered in Kenya. They’re killing each other in Syria."

Eden interrupted again at this point, telling her angrily: "Don't sit there disrespecting someone that has nothing to do with it. Have some respect. If you've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything."

The video has gone viral and Stacey Eden has been praised for raising her voice against Islamophobia and racism. 

In December 2014, after several people were taken hostage by an armed man at a popular cafe in Sydney and forced to display an Islamic flag, Australians had come up with a heart warming reaction on social media in the face of adversity.

In a show of solidarity against a possible racist backlash on the Muslim community in Australia, #illridewithyou started as a movement to protect Muslims against Islamophobia.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 16, 2015 AT 19:58 IST, Edited At: Apr 16, 2015 19:58 IST
POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST

At about 6 pm on Sunday evening, a young suicide bomber (said to be 18 years old) blew himself up in a crowd returning from the testosterone-heavy flag lowering ceremony held every evening at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah, near Lahore.

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POSTED BY Omar Ali ON Nov 05, 2014 AT 10:08 IST, Edited At: Nov 05, 2014 10:08 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 08, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 08, 2014 23:47 IST

Things got rather heated over radical Islam and Islamophobia on the HBO show 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on Friday, October 3. when Maher and his guests —author Sam Harris, Gone Girl star Ben Affleck, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Michael Steele— discussed ISIS and radical Islam. 

Maher essentially continued from the programme the week before when he had contended that "if we're giving no quarter to intolerance, shouldn't we be starting the mutilators and the honour killers?"

Since Ben Affleck, who objected to Bill Maher's "gross, racist, disgusting," ideas has been in the news even otherwise, we thought we should place on record what he actually said on the programme.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 08, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Oct 08, 2014 23:47 IST
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