Why a Tiny African Country Is Taking the Rohingya’s Case to the World CourtThe Washington Post
Gambia, the smallest country in continental Africa, took an unprecedented step this week in the realm of international justice: It filed a lawsuit at the United Nations’ top court accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
A Celebration of Muslim Women in Lagos – in PicturesThe Guardian
In 2011, visual artist Medina Dugger, from California, moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where she was inspired by local Muslim women to create her series Enshroud. “The series doesn’t take a stance in favour or against veiling, but supports both a woman’s right to choose and her religious expression,” she says.
Nigeria's Interfaith Council Fosters Peaceful Christian-Muslim RelationsNational Catholic Reporter
The Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) is working to defuse tensions between Christians and Muslims here, providing a forum since 1999 to enhance dialogue between the two groups.
How Boko Haram went from a Peaceful Islamic Sect to one of the World’s Deadliest Terrorists in a DecadeQuartz
Last month marked ten years since Mohammed Yusuf, founder of Boko Haram, died in police detention. His death led to the radicalization of the sect and a declaration of Jihad against the Nigerian state.
Where an Ancient Jewish-Muslim Coexistence EnduresChristian Science Monitor
Even as congregants recite evening prayers at Temple Beth El, the Muslim call to prayer rings out from minarets across the city and into the courtyard, a mix of Arabic and Hebrew filling the dusk sky with praises to God. And as the yeshiva students file out of Beth El (literally, House of God), Mohammed, the gatekeeper, kneels down in Muslim prayer at the synagogue’s entrance. This is not a mirage; this is Casablanca.
Meet the Immigrants Who Took On AmazonWired
How a group of Somalis became leaders in the fight to change a tech behemoth.
Peter King Pioneered the Persecution of American MuslimsThe Daily Beast
The Long Island Republican put millions of his fellow Americans under collective suspicion for terrorism. He’s leaving Congress. But he won.
Washington State Might Have Just Elected Its First Two Muslim Women to OfficeCrossCut
Varisha Khan is holding on to a narrow lead in her race for a seat on the Redmond City Council. Zahra Roach has clinched a seat on the Pasco City Council.
Muslim Survivors of Domestic Violence Need You to ListenHuffington Post
Muslim women are often silenced by their own communities or face Islamophobic stereotypes from outside agencies when they try to seek help.
Latinx Muslims Speak on Their Experiences in Sociology ClassThe Rice Thresher
The sociology class Muslims in America hosted an event inviting members of the Latinx-Muslim organization IslamInSpanish to speak about their experiences as being both Latinx and Muslim on Nov. 7.
Sustainable Halal Meat Is Making Inroads in Muslim CommunitiesSalon
The demand for halal meat and poultry, now a $20 billion market in the U.S., continues to climb.
Signing a Waiver to Run in Hijab Isn't the Solution. It’s the Problem.Runners World
“Every time I compete, I am at the mercy of race directors as to whether my results will count.”
Muslims in Hong Kong: 300,000 Followers, Six Mosques and Tasty Halal Dim Sum in Wan ChaiSouth China Morning Post
Hong Kong’s usually low-profile Muslim community found itself thrust in the spotlight recently, amid anti-government protests now in their sixth month. Violent clashes between radical protesters and police in Tsim Sha Tsui on October 20 spilled over to affect the landmark Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre on Nathan Road.
NU Relaxes Ban on Non-Muslim GreetingsThe Jakarta Post
Muslims are allowed to use the greetings of other religions in order to preserve unity between Indonesians, according to Syaftudin Syarif, the secretary-general of the East Java branch of Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim (PWNU), on Tuesday.Previously, the East Java branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a letter advising Muslims to not use greetings from other religions.
Why Indian Muslims Reject Extremist DoctrinesThe Wire India
India’s Muslims manifest extraordinary diversities of doctrine, practice, and educational and economic standards, but have remained aloof to trans-national extremist ideas.
India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop SheenThe New York Times
Mixing dance tracks with calls for religious warfare, Hindutva pop amplifies a wave of Hindu nationalism in Narendra Modi’s India.
Ayodhya Verdict is a Blow to India's Muslims and its Secular ConstitutionTRT World
The contentious 135-year dispute over the Babri mosque has finally come to an end, and a temple will now replace the mosque built on the orders of the first Mughal King, Babur.
#MosquesofIndia Trends on Twitter after Babri Mosque VerdictTRT World
Social media users say they’re highlighting the South Asian country’s Islamic heritage, a week after a top court ruled to hand the historic Babri Mosque site to Hindus.
Five Things to Know about Pakistan's Anti-Government ProtestsAl Jazeera
Protesters led by right-wing party have been camping in the capital since Thursday calling for PM Khan to step down.
Muslim Voters Attacked as Sri Lanka Elects PresidentVoice of America
Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group.
Protests in Iraq reveal a Long-Simmering Anger at IranThe Associated Press
The anti-government protests that have convulsed Iraq in the past month are fueled by economic grievances and are mainly directed at Iraq’s own political leaders. But they have also exposed long-simmering resentment at Iran’s influence in the country, with protesters targeting Shiite political parties and militias with close ties to Tehran.
Shooting Jerusalem: A Glimpse into Life in a Segregated CityAl Jazeera
Filmmaker reflects on the making of his documentary and his bid to find out what it means to live in and identify with the city of Jerusalem.
Why Macron's Remarks on Bosnia are DangerousAl Jazeera
Portrayals of Bosnia as a source of ‘Islamic threat’ echo anti-Muslim narratives that led to the genocide of the 1990s.
Macron’s ‘Time-Bomb’ Remark Betrays Wider Anti-Muslim PrejudiceBalkan Insight
From the Balkans to the Middle East, European policies are animated by an anti-Muslim racism shared with more uncouth leaders like the current occupant of the White House. And Bosnia is more than a victim here, it is also a conscript.
Why the French Left Has a Problem with IslamophobiaAl Jazeera
A recent anti-Islamophobia march in Paris has exposed deep divisions among French leftists on Islam.
Interview: Meet the French women fighting Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism with trips to AuschwitzThe Local
Auschwitz is not the first place that springs to mind if you want to fight intolerance and racism in France, but the Nazi death camp has been helping French Muslims and Jews get over their prejudices and learn to live together, writes Rory Mulholland.
My Son’s Orthodox Jewish School Is 85 Percent MuslimThe Jerusalem Post
Maybe it’s a “funny thing” that Muslims say the Shema, as observers to the school have noted, and maybe the Jewish education does not have the depth it would have if all the students were Jewish. But it does seem to have a profound effect on the children who go there, and these children carry with them a respect for Jews that they spread far and wide.
British Muslims Must Make Their Voices Heard in This Election – and Speak for ThemselvesThe Muslim Vibe
We are not interested in telling Muslims how to vote – we think you deserve more credit than that. But it is our job to encourage all political parties to respect the issues that matter to Muslims.
Tories Suspend 25 Party Members over Islamophobic and Racist Online PostsEvening Standard
The Conservative Party has suspended a number of its members pending an investigation after a dossier suggested they had posted or endorsed Islamophobic and racist material online.
James Le Mesurier, Backer of Syrian White Helmets, Is Found Dead in TurkeyThe New York Times
The death of Mr. Le Mesurier, a Briton who provided training and equipment for the civil defense group, is under investigation.
Why Will Poland Not Take in Any Muslims?Al Jazeera
We challenge a member of Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party, and discuss the ongoing hijab controversy in France.
Poland Seizes Two for Plotting Breivik-Style Attacks on MuslimsReuters
The arrests follow a spate of attacks involving white supremacists targeting ethnic and religious minorities across the globe. Far-right groups have grown in strength in Poland, the largest of the European Union’s post-communist states.
The Forgotten Muslim Heroes of the First World WarThe National
How Muslim soldiers helped save the Allies from defeat.
Islamophobia and the Law: Unpacking Structural IslamophobiaYaqeen Institute
Private Islamophobia, as alluded to in the discussion above, is enacted by private actors. These could be informal and formal groups, like the English Defence League and other street protest movements, or individuals like neighbors or a random stranger in the street. Structural Islamophobia, on the other hand, consists of anti-Muslim racism and bias authorized by the state
Is the World Still Living in the Shadow of the Crusades?History Extra
For several centuries in the Middle Ages, Christians waged a ‘holy war’ aiming in part – ostensibly, at least – to liberate the Holy Land.
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