Post 12 – Muslims in Scandinavia and Spain

Scandinavian countries  have different degrees of integration for Muslims, all are not positive. The four levels of integration of Muslims in the Scandinavian countries are the general integration of Muslims, integration at the political level, the level of religious rituals, and the ideological level. At the general level of integration, Islam and Muslims need to … Continue reading Post 12 – Muslims in Scandinavia and Spain

Post 11 – Italy and Muslim Integration: Europe vs. The United States

The way European countries see and deal with Muslim immigrants shows a distinct pattern. The Muslim community tends to be on the poorer side and live in “ghettos”. Because they are not welcomed into the dominant society, they tend to stick together which furthers places them in the “outsider” category. Not to mention the hostility … Continue reading Post 11 – Italy and Muslim Integration: Europe vs. The United States

Post 10- Sharia, Fundamentalists, and Islamic Feminism

The current fundamentalist ‘jihadi’ movement really has no historic precedence. They struggle to accommodate Islam with bida, or innovation, fundamentalists do not want any change in how Islam was perceived and practiced in medieval times.  This is a concocted, modern dogma. Fundamentalists confuse believing in the truth of Islam with possessing the Truth, meaning that … Continue reading Post 10- Sharia, Fundamentalists, and Islamic Feminism

Post 5 – Micro financing and Liberia

Micro finance is a financial service that includes credit, savings, insurance, money transfers, etc. that are targeted at low-income people who are either just above or below the poverty line. Most micro finance clients are self-employed entrepreneurs with household-based businesses that include small retail shops, street vending, and artisan manufacture and service provision.  Micro finance … Continue reading Post 5 – Micro financing and Liberia

Post 4 – Liberia,Democracies, and Health Investments

Liberia is one of the 17 emerging countries that is mentioned in Radelet’s book.  No country can improve without the help of dedicated people or organizations that want to create change and see improvement. One organization in Liberia that is advocating for change and improvement is EQUIP Liberia. EQUIP Liberia is a local health and … Continue reading Post 4 – Liberia,Democracies, and Health Investments

Post 3- Cheetahs, Liberia, and Banerjee & Duflo

In the last few chapters of the book, Radelet talks about the increased technological wave that has arisen in the emerging countries. He also talks about “Cheetahs” and how they have the potential to evoke and encourage more change to the emerging 17 countries.  Technology and information access has made its way to these emerging … Continue reading Post 3- Cheetahs, Liberia, and Banerjee & Duflo