Norway arrests men who attacked critic of Islam

Police arrested two men Monday on suspicion of assaulting an outspoken critic of Islam after she publicly called for a revision of the Quran's view of women. Kadra Noor, 26, emerged into the public spotlight in 2000, when her secret recordings of imams in Norway supporting female circumcision, contrary to some of their public statements, was aired as part of a national television documentary. Noor, who is deputy leader of a Somali women's group in Norway, said she was assaulted by seven or eight Somali men outside an Oslo pub in the early hours of Thursday morning. The attack came after Norwegian media published an interview with her on April 10, in which she said it was time for Islam to revise its view of women. "The Quran's view of women should be interpreted again," she was quoted as telling Norway's largest newspaper, Verdens Gang. "I miss a debate over the rights and duties modern Muslim women have."