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[BBC] Islam will be the world’s largest religion by 2070

The tunnels that house old Qur’ans- BBC News

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‘How to dispose of old or damaged copies of the Koran can be a sensitive topic in Pakistan. An underground shrine in Quetta is offering a solution. Buried deep within the tunnels are sacks overflowing with copies of the holy book.’

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[BBC]”1 in 6 Clergy in the PKN(Protestant Church in the Netherlands) and Six other Smaller Denominations are either Agnostic or Atheist within Netherlands”

Taken from here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-14417362

Dutch rethink Christianity for a doubtful world

The Rev Klaas Hendrikse can offer his congregation little hope of life after death, and he’s not the sort of man to sugar the pill.

Exodus Church
Image captionThe Exodus Church is part of the mainstream Protestant Church in the Netherlands

An imposing figure in black robes and white clerical collar, Mr Hendrikse presides over the Sunday service at the Exodus Church in Gorinchem, central Holland.

It is part of the mainstream Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN), and the service is conventional enough, with hymns, readings from the Bible, and the Lord’s Prayer. But the message from Mr Hendrikse’s sermon seems bleak – “Make the most of life on earth, because it will probably be the only one you get”.

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[BBC] ‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

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What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.

Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. 

The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century.

The British Library’s expert on such manuscripts, Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, said this “exciting discovery” would make Muslims “rejoice”.

The manuscript had been kept with a collection of other Middle Eastern books and documents, without being identified as one of the oldest fragments of the Koran in the world.

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[BBC] One in four is Muslim, study says

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A report from an American think-tank has estimated 1.57 billion Muslims populate the world – with 60% in Asia.

The report, by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, took three years to compile, with census data from 232 countries and territories.

It showed that 20% of Muslims lived in the Middle East and North Africa.

The data also showed that there were more Muslims in Germany than in Lebanon, and more in Russia than in Jordan and Libya together.

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