The Crisis at Syracuse UniversityThe Cut
That latest incident, in which a group of students in a library received the Christchurch shooter’s violent manifesto without their consent via Apple Airdrop, has “triggered a panic,” one student told the New York Times. “We can’t sleep. We can’t think.”
How I Became An All-American Muslim GirlCNN
Because of my appearance, the Islamophobia I’ve experienced over the years is very different from that of my Muslim cousins, aunts and friends. People don’t stare at me at the grocery store or make comments about my appearance or lack of hijab while I’m working out.
Ghosts of Sugar Land Tells an Essential Story of Betrayal and Islamic IdentityVanity Fair
Bassam Tariq’s Sundance-winning documentary short, which is streaming on Netflix, is a gripping study of what can happen when a recent American convert to Islam goes rogue—and of what it might mean for his fellow Muslims back home.
Why Did a Muslim Civil Rights Group Oppose Democrats’ Plans to Confront White Nationalism?Rewire News
Though compelling arguments have been made that CVE programs contribute to the marginalization and alienation of the very communities they’re meant to engage, they continue to receive significant funding from major cities, universities, and other institutions.
It’s Time for Democrats to Start Talking about International Religious FreedomReligion News
Even though many see it as a conservative cause — thanks in part to the Trump administration’s emphasis on it — religious freedom abroad presents an opportunity for a Democratic presidential candidate.
He’s Sorry for Stop-And-Frisk, and Locker-Room Talk. Where’s Mike Bloomberg’s Apology for Spying on Muslims?The Daily Beast
As mayor of New York, Bloomberg oversaw one of the most chilling campaigns against religious liberty in modern American history—one that Trump has praised.
What 'Hala' Rets Right And Wrong about Growing up Muslim in AmericaUSA Today
Although “Hala” can most definitely be an accurate depiction of Muslim women living in America, it’s another oversimplified image of what a first-generation Muslim teen looks and behaves like.
After Life: Muslim Deathcare in New HavenYale Daily News
Secular regulations hinder Muslim burial practices in Connecticut.
Watching The Report through Muslim EyesVox
How new movie The Report fails victims of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program.
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Trinidad’s Islamic State ProblemLawfare Blog
Trinidad has still yet to come to terms with this unenviable record, and there remains a widespread sense of incomprehension in the county that any of its nationals could have traded the paradise on their shores for a world of sectarian slaughter and chaos in Syria and Iraq
Assam NRC a Tool to Render Muslims Stateless: US Panel on Religious FreedomThe Business Standard
Assam has seen a huge influx from other places, particularly Bangladesh, since the early 20th century.
Indian Muslims to Seek Review of Hindu Temple Site RulingAl Jazeera
An Indian Muslim group says Supreme Court judgement awarding Hindus control of a disputed religious site had ‘errors’.
In Secular India, It's Getting Tougher to Be MuslimCNN
All of this comes under the shadow of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist who has spoken out repeatedly against India’s secularism.
Sri Lanka's Muslims have Reason to Fear the New Rajapaksa EraAl Jazeera
The anti-Muslim sentiments that helped him get elected are likely to shape Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s tenure as president.
Muslims Detained in China Camps for Thinking ‘Unhealthy Thoughts’, Leaked Documents RevealThe Independent
Internal Communist Party papers show how top officials – up to president Xi Jinping himself – describe Uighur resistance in terms like ‘virus’ or ‘cancer’ that needs to be ‘eradicated.’
Surviving Indonesia’s Antigay ClampdownThe Nation
Indonesia has historically had a reputation for tolerance. Its 1945 Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and the state’s secular ideology, Pancasila, encourages pluralism. The transgender community, known as waria, existed harmoniously in this Southeast Asian archipelago for hundreds of years. But the country is now in the grips of what Human Rights Watch describes as a government-driven moral panic that has targeted sexual and gender minorities and fueled fear in the community.
Australian Muslims Share 'Terrifying' Stories of IslamophobiaSBS News
Muslim women and girls are the most common targets of Islamophobic incidents in Australia, according to a new report.
British Muslims Can Swing the U.K. Election, but Only if They Get out and VoteTime
In December’s U.K. election, British Muslims represent a swing vote that few are paying attention to. The 2 million eligible Muslim voters in the U.K. have the ability to swing the result, one way or the other.
I've Been Researching Islamophobia for Years – Don’t Let Anyone Tell You There Isn’t an Epidemic Within the Tory PartyThe Independent
Sadly, anti-Muslim sentiment is an effective campaign strategy across political campaigns in the west. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to get the Conservatives to take it seriously
Muslims are Partners in Combating Anti-Semitism in GermanyDeutsche Welle
As anti-Semitism remains one of Germany’s most serious problems, one Berlin NGO is bringing Muslims and Jews together to fight discrimination through education. That means challenging mainstream German attitudes.
Council Of Europe Awards Joint Havel Prize To Uyghur Activist Tohti, Balkan Youth GroupRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) says it has awarded the 2019 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize jointly to Uyghur scholar and rights activist Ilham Tohti and the Balkan-based Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR).
Who Should be Tackling Bosnia's Migrant Crisis?Al Jazeera
Bosnia says it is struggling to cope with influx of people fleeing war and poverty and taking Balkan route to Europe.
The Problem with the Bosnian Responses to MacronAl Jazeera
The way Bosnians responded to Macron’s Islamophobic remarks about their country demonstrates their staunch Eurocentrism.
Russia Repatriates 32 Children of Islamic State Members from IraqLos Angeles Times
Russia’s state TV on Tuesday showed footage of the children arriving at Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow. It said the children ranging from age 1 to 9 will undergo extensive medical checkups before relatives take them home.
Azerbaijan Hosts Second Summit of World Religious Leaders in BakuTRT World
The forum was organised by the Azerbaijan Caucasus Muslims Administration at the Baku Congress Centre.
Sunni and Shia Muslims Pray Together in Azerbaijan's Heydar MosqueTRT World
The divide between the two major denominations in Islam, Sunni and Shia, is prevalent, especially in the Middle East. But in Heydar Mosque in Azerbaijan, both Sunni and Shia Muslims come together every Friday for prayers.
Using Iraq and Lebanon Uprisings to Attack Iran will Lead to DisasterMiddle East Eye
It is no secret that the current political structure in Iraq centres on a political majority based largely on Shia-inspired parties sensitive to neighbouring Iran, while in Lebanon, pro-Iranian Hezbollah is a major power broker. This represents a thorn in the side of the US, Israel and the Arab countries affiliated with them (Arab NATO).
Why Lebanon Protesters Target Religion-Based PoliticsBloomberg
Detractors say the system encourages patronage and nepotism, with politicians using public funds for their own benefit and inflating the public sector to appease their constituencies.
A New 'Sesame Street' Show in Arabic Aims to Help Refugee ChildrenCNN
Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have joined forces to help Syrian refugee children through educational learning programs, including the launch of a new “Sesame Street” show in Arabic.
For Years, My Life Was Al-Aqsa. Israel Took That from MeMiddle East Eye
Since 2015, I have been slapped with consecutive expulsion orders, as Israel targets defenders of the Palestinian holy site.
International Law Is Clear on One Point: Israel's Settlements Are IllegalMiddle East Eye
Despite the US administration’s announcement to the contrary, there is no question as to the unlawfulness of Israel’s settler encroachment.
Will Feminism Be a Crime in Mohammed Bin Salman's Saudi Arabia?Middle East Eye
This week, feminism in Saudi Arabia was declared to be a crime punishable by imprisonment and lashing. The Saudi state security agency’s video announcement defined feminism as an extremist position, imported from the West to assert that men and women have equal rights in economic, social and political matters.
France Takes Aim at Saudi Over Failed West Africa CommitmentsThe New York Times
Saudi Arabia agreed in December 2017 to provide about 100 million euros ($110.7 million) to the G5 Sahel force, which is composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. But nearly three years after its launch, the G5 Sahel remains perennially underfunded and hobbled by poor coordination.
Pope Francis Receives Al Azhar’s Grand Imam in the Vatican to Achieve ‘Coexistence’Egyptian Streets
Pope Francis received on Friday in the Vatican the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar of Egypt and his retinue to help achieve the objectives contained in the Document on the Human Brotherhood for World Peace and Common Living together, according to a statement by Al Azhar
Egyptian Woman Fights Islamic Inheritance LawsAl Jazeera
Case involving Coptic Christian woman comes as calls for equal inheritance rights reverberate across the Arab world.
Can Sudan and South Sudan Find Friendship?Deutsche Welle
The two countries have had a particularly acrimonious relationship – South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011 following decades of brutal civil war fought between Sudan’s government in the predominantly Muslim, Arabic-speaking north and primarily Christian rebels in the south.
France Returns Omar Tall's Sword to SenegalBBC
France has restored to Senegal a sabre that belonged to a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler. It is part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies key items of their cultural heritage. The artefact originally belonged to the revered west African leader Omar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French.
Senegal Inaugurates Largest Mosque in West AfricaAl Jazeera
A powerful religious group in Senegal has opened West Africa’s largest mosque at a cost of $50m. It adds to the considerable political and economic influence of the Mouride Brotherhood that is already felt in Senegalese life.
UN Warns Burkina Faso Could Become 'Another Syria' as Violence SoarsThe Guardian
Children bear the brunt as extremism and climate crisis drive almost 500,000 people from their homes.
How West Africa’s Gold Rush is Funding JihadistsThe Economist
Although gold has long been mined in the region—Mali is thought to have been the world’s biggest producer of the precious metal in the 13th century—it has boomed in recent years with the discovery of shallow deposits that stretch from Sudan to Mauritania.
Muslim Women in Kenya Raise Butterflies to Aid ForestsAnadolu Agency
Project brings in around $1.9 million annually, according to UN’s Griet Ingrid Dierckxsens.
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