Child marriage and Islam

Recently, there was outrage in Turkey among women’s right groups about a statement by the Diyanet, the state religious body, which appeared to approve of child marriage. The statement said that according to Islamic law, the age of the beginning of adolescence for boys was 12 and for girls nine and that those reaching the age of adolescence have the

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The Ground is Shaking in IRAN

The deadliest earthquake of 2017, felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan, hit Iran on November 12 killing more than 580 people and injuring 7,460. Iran was hit with another powerful 6.0 earthquake three weeks later in the southeastern city of Kerman. Again, about three weeks after that on December 20, an earthquake of 5.2 magnitude hit just outside

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Iran update: Shelter for victims

A week ago, BTJ received an urgent request from our people on the ground to provide emergency assistance in Iran. The heavy earthquake had left hundreds dead, thousands injured and tens of thousands homeless, just as winter was coming in. We saw an incredibly moving response to our appeal. 20,000 USD was received in the first 24 hours. Right now,

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Smuggling Bibles into Iran

Smuggling Bibles into Iran So far in 2017, BTJ has been able to provide 40,000 electronic Bibles on the ground in Iran. Iran has been in desperate need of Bibles, and there are few organizations able to get Bibles into the country. Many have been trying to sneak them across the border from Turkey, Armenia, or Azerbaijan… but all of

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