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Last Updated: Monday January 24 2005 17:44 GMT

Why is Newsround having an Islam Week?

It's Islam week on Newsround
Newsround often looks at topics in greater detail if they have been making a lot of headlines in the papers and TV. Newsround editor Ian Prince explains why Newsround is having an Islam Week.

The reason why our latest subject is Islam is because it is a religion which has been in the news spotlight in recent years, ever since the attacks on America on 11 September 2001.

It is also the fastest growing religion in the UK and Muslims now form the largest religious minority group in the UK.

Whenever we have covered Islamic issues they have always generated a big response from our audience, many of whom have expressed a desire to know more.

Many Muslim children feel the community has been have been portrayed in a negative way in the media.

The Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj
The Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj
During the week we are trying to look at different aspects of Islam, such as:

  • what young British Muslims think about they way they are treated
  • hearing the views of British Muslim girls who have been criticised for wearing headscarves
  • taking a Lancashire-born Muslim boy to explore his cultural roots in Pakistan
  • hearing what kids in general think of the religion

    This year Newsround is also planning an Africa week, and a China week.

    In each case they are areas which are having an increasing influence on our lives in Britain, and are also fascinating places to find out more about.

    Whether it is Islam week, Africa week, or China week, in each case they are topics which are newsworthy, and also increasingly important to understand if we are all to understand the world around us.

    Newsround would also feature programmes on another religion or culture, if they had been reported a lot in the news over a long period of time.

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