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Syria Jihadists 02
Suruc
By Maciej Moskwa
24 Mar 2011

25.03.2011 Damascus Ummayad Mosque. Demonstration against government erupted during Friday prayings inside mosque. Demonstrating group chanted slogans about imprisoned people in Daraa. Soon after plain cloth police and security agents started arresting demonstrators. Photo: Maciej Moskwa/TESTIGO

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Turkish Fishermen
Istanbul, Turkey
By Trinacria
28 Dec 2010

Fishing is a common hobby in the old Ottoman capital

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Minorities in Georgia (36 of 37)
Talaveri, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
15 Nov 2010

Villagers cut meat for Eid al-Adha festival near the mosque in Talaveri village, populated mostly by ethnic Azerbaijanis. In 2009 the construction of the mosque has stopped after a few Georgian Orthodox priests and members of ultra-religious organization The Union of the Orthodox Parents arrived to the village and demanded to stop the construction. The construction resumed in 2010 after the case was widely covered in the local media. The Union is notorious for its frequent protests, some of them ending with violence, against religious and sexual minorities, as well as public celebration of such "satanic" holidays as Halloween. Talaveri, 2010

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Minorities in Georgia ( 35 of 37)
Talaveri, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
15 Nov 2010

The construction of Talaveri mosque. In 2009 the construction of the mosque has stopped after a few Georgian Orthodox priests and members of ultra-religious organization The Union of the Orthodox Parents arrived to the village and demanded to stop the construction. The construction resumed in 2010 after the case was widely covered in the local media. The Union is notorious for its frequent protests, some of them ending with violence, against religious and sexual minorities, as well as public celebration of such "satanic" holidays as Halloween. Talaveri, 2010

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Thousands Join Protest for Khalid Said
Ahmed Zewail Square, Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate,Egypt
By lillie
27 Oct 2010

Thousands of Egyptian citizens gather for Friday Prayer at a mosque in Alexandria to mourn and protest the untimely death of Khalid Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police near his home on June 6, 2010.

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Heavily Armed Security Forces Enclose...
Ahmed Zewail Square, Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate,Egypt
By lillie
27 Oct 2010

Pans and close-up shots of police guarding the area outside a mosque where Egyptians came out by the thousands to protest the death of Khalid Said, allegedly beaten to death by police in Alexandria.

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Placards Held Up for Khalid Said Duri...
Ahmed Zewail Square, Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate,Egypt
By lillie
27 Oct 2010

Egyptian citizens hold up signs before Friday Prayer at a mosque in Alexandria to mourn and protest the untimely death of Khalid Said, who was allegedly beaten to death by police near his home on June 6, 2010.

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The Last Village
Bohoniki, Poland
By Kirk Ellingham
01 Mar 2010

Muslim Tartars in Poland

Bohoniki is a peaceful little village not far from Sokolka in the east of Poland,it is the last Tartar village before Belarus; maybe also the last of its kind.
There is no doubt that few people would have heard about it be it not for one fact: it was in this area that, in 1679, thirty Tatar soldiers were granted land for their faithful service to the Polish King Jan III Sobieski. A Tatar lady, who takes care of the Mosque, does not fail to stress that it was a reward for their valour in battle. Other sources simply say that the King was in financial straits and presented the land to his Tatar soldiers in lieu of due pay.
There are now only three Tatar families living in Bohoniki, but, considering that the village does not comprise more than thirty houses altogether, they make up about a fifth of the local population. And it is their Mosque that makes the village famous and attracts visitors from all over Poland and abroad.
Eugenia Radkieicz is the Mosque caretaker and you catch her dashing across the empty street to the small wooden Mosque when a tour bus arrives to conduct her lecture on the history of Bohoniki for groups of Polish schoolchildren.

The few families that remain are mostly elderly or sick, Evelina's father is bedridden and suffers from a Liver complaint. She takes care of the animials now and her mother worries about her future, as she must take care of them both when she gets older.
Many of the other family members are alone with their children working in cities as far afield as London to Riad.
Mrs Koztowska's son is in Spain and her elder son just returned from London, she cares for her blind husband who was injured as a boy by a German shell during World War II.
The community is still strong, the Iman comes in from Bialystock once a week for friday prayers and they are trying to set up a Religouse School in nearby Sokolka.
The village is changing though,as the young leave for foreign cities the old are left behind, but they have survived for 400 years in Poland , so they will survive still, by struggling and adapting.
The large Muslim cementary on the wooded hill just outside the village is proof of their endurance and intergration; with its Slavanised surnames and Muslim Crescents.

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Minorities in Georgia ( 1 0f 37)
Plateh, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Sep 2009

In 2009 some locals of Plateh village started disassembling a long-abandoned local mosque in order to build monastic cells in the monastery nearby. The monks, who initiated the action, said that the mosque had no cultural value, nor did it belong to anybody. The dissasembling of the mosque stopped after the local muslim community notified the Public Defender's office. The mosques in Georgia's Adigeni region have been abandoned since 1944, when the most of region's Muslim population was deported to Central Asia. In the course of WWII, they were perceived by the Soviet government to be Turkey's potential allies.

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Minorities in Georgia (2 of 37)
Plateh, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
19 Sep 2009

In 2009 some locals of Plateh village started disassembling a long-abandoned local mosque in order to build monastic cells in the monastery nearby. The monks, who initiated the action, said that the mosque had no cultural value, nor did it belong to anybody. The dissasembling of the mosque stopped after the local muslim community notified the Public Defender's office. The mosques in Georgia's Adigeni region have been abandoned since 1944, when the most of region's Muslim population was deported to Central Asia. In the course of WWII, they were perceived by the Soviet government to be Turkey's potential allies.

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Moroccan Mosque in Afayane Village in...
Afayane, Souss-Massa-Draa
By Martin Jay
01 May 2009

Footage that shows the mosque in Afayane village, Souss-Massa-Draa, in Morocco, 2009.

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Minorities in Georgia (9 of 37)
Pankisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
02 Oct 2008

Kists, or Georgian ethnic Chechens, pray at the sufi mosque in Duisi, a small town in Pankisi gorge on the border with Chechnya. Kists are one of the small minorities in Georgia. According to Koba Chopliani, an expert on ethnic minority issues at the Georgian Public Defender's office, even though the situation with minorities has significantly improved over the last ten years, smaller minorities are still widely neglected. "Maybe it's because they're less important voters. Or Georgian government treats the problems with bigger minorities a bigger challenge," says Chopliani.

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Minorities in Georgia (8 of 37)
Pankisi, Georgia
By TemoBardzimashvili
02 Oct 2008

Kists, or Georgian ethnic Chechens, pray at the sufi mosque in Duisi, a small town in Pankisi gorge on the border with Chechnya. Kists are one of the small minorities in Georgia. According to Koba Chopliani, an expert on ethnic minority issues at the Georgian Public Defender's office, even though the situation with minorities has significantly improved over the last ten years, smaller minorities are still widely neglected. "Maybe it's because they're less important voters. Or Georgian government treats the problems with bigger minorities a bigger challenge," says Chopliani.

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Koutoubia Mosque at Sunset
Marrakesh, Morocco
By MediaMikeDC
20 Feb 2007

The Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco at sunset.

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Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Gaza, Palestine
By Nili Bassan
14 Jun 2005

Reflection in window of Hamas fighters standing guard over mosque as Ismail Haniyeh arrives to pray.
Gaza,2005.