India Builds Detention Camps for up to 1.9m People ‘Stripped of Citizenship’ in AssamIndependent
Ten centres ‘planned’ across northeastern state after national register published.
India's Citizenship Law Triggers Mass Protests and Violence as Modi Calls for PeaceNPR
Tens of thousands of protesters marched on college campuses across India on Monday, saying a new citizenship law is unconstitutional because it treats Muslims differently from Hindus, Buddhists and other religious groups.
There’s Finally a Backlash to Narendra Modi’s IslamophobiaSlate
The most significant—and horrifying—accomplishment of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five years in power has been the mass normalization and institutionalization of Islamophobia on a level hitherto unseen.
Why the State Dept. has Largely Been Muted on India’s Moves Against MuslimsNew York Times
The contrast over U.S. demands to protect Chinese Uighurs and Myanmar’s Rohingya will be an undercurrent in high-level meetings with India this week.
In Hindu-Nationalist India, Muslims Risk Being Branded Infiltrators in Their own CountryCNN
Fears are growing among India’s 200 million Muslims that they could soon be classified as illegal immigrants under new, far-reaching government proposals.
There Are No Islamic Restrictions on Women’s Entry to MosquesIndian Express
Writer and historian Rana Safvi has publicly spoken about and posted on social media her accounts of praying in mosques across the country, from Kashmir to Kolata, Sonepat to Shimla, Bijapur to Barielly.
Malala Yousafzai on Education, Islamophobia, and the New Wave of Youth ActivismTeen Vogue
At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took to blogging for the BBC about living in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, under occupation by the militant group the Taliban. Her chronicles of her day to day were shot through with comments about her fears of going to school and living with the constant threat of violence.
Pakistan Sentences Muslim Professor to Death for Anti-Islamic ‘Blasphemy’Fox News
Junaid Hafeez was arrested in 2013 for allegedly displaying blasphemous content while a visiting university lecturer in the city of Multan. After his arrest, prosecutors claimed investigators retrieved anti-religious material from Hafeez’s laptop.
How China Is Using Fashion to Erase Uighur IdentityMiddle East Eye
In Xinjiang, authorities are trying to push women away from Islamic dress and towards ‘modern’ fashion.
People Are Pressuring the Olympic Committee to Help Shut Down China's Uyghur CampsVice
“No Rights. No Games.” is using the 2022 Olympics to place pressure on the Chinese government to end its persecution of Uyghur Muslims.
Police Warn Rohingya Muslims to Stay Silent as CAA Protests Roil IndiaHuffington Post
Described as the world’s most persecuted minority, India’s Rohingya refugees are fearful of speaking out against India’s controversial new citizenship law which specifically excludes them.
Islamic Summit Opens in Kuala LumpurVoice of America
Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of Muslim nations not in attendance at a four-day conference in Kuala Lumpur aimed at addressing some of the Islamic world’s thorniest issues. The conference, dubbed the Kuala Lumpur Summit, was organized by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Muslims Urged to Boycott Chinese Products over Uighur 'Abuses'Al Jazeera
At summit in Malaysia, influential preacher says leaders from Muslim world should exert more pressure on Beijing.
How Arabization Changed Islam in AsiaAsia Times
Over the past few decades, a process of Arabization has influenced the practice of Islam in Asia, spreading a more devout and less tolerant creed that nurtures fundamentalism and militancy.
The Distorted Narratives about Islamic Schools Deflect from Ugly Truths about Nigerian SocietyQuartz
In this environment, every Nigerian becomes an expert and has a strong opinion. But the debate doesn’t include the very people involved in the system who struggle to make a claim for alternative narratives.
The Year That Changed Sudan Began with a MatchstickMiddle East Eye
On 19 December 2018, a protest and a fire radically changed the course of Sudan’s history.
Russia, China Have 'Blood on Their Hands' After Veto of Syria Aid, Pompeo SaysMiddle East Eye
UN resolution fails as tens of thousands of civilians flee Idlib region amid bombardments by Assad’s Russian-backed government.
Islamophobia Is Boris Johnson’s Problem NowForeign Policy
The U.K. Labour Party’s abject failure to address anti-Semitism has garnered headlines, but hatred of Muslims is even more rampant in Britain—and the prime minister and his party have contributed to making it socially acceptable.
Record Number of Muslims Enter British ParliamentTRT World
Despite rising anti-Muslim sentiment, the 2019 election saw the highest number of Muslim candidates ever enter parliament.
Muslim Doctor Invents Disposable Headscarves for UK HospitalNY Post
A Derby, England hospital has become the first in the UK to make sterile hijabs available to employees. The disposable headscarves were introduced by a medical resident who came up with the idea while in training.
Conservative Victory Makes British Muslims Fearful, Says Advocacy GroupMiddle East Eye
Muslim Council of Britain urges Boris Johnson to assure community of its place in the country.
Will a United Front Against the Far-Right Transform French Politics?Middle East Eye
Taking down Macron’s government is far more likely to be achieved if protesters join forces with migrants, people of colour and Muslims.
FC Cologne Pull Out of Deal to Run Football Academy in ChinaThe Guardian
FC Cologne are pulling out of a deal to run a football academy in China, with a member of the club council saying they should not support “such a totalitarian and brutal dictatorship.”
The People Heartened by Peter Handke’s Nobel Prize Are Genocide DeniersThe Guardian
The Swedish Academy’s defence of its controversial award only serves to fuel the rise of far-right extremism.
Ex-Islamic State Fighters, Women and Children Return to Bosnia from SyriaReuters
A group of 25 former Islamic State fighters, women and children, some of them orphaned, returned to Bosnia on Thursday, the prosecutor’s office and the security ministry said.
Michael Bloomberg’s Surveillance of Muslims Sets Dangerous Precedent for His Presidential RunHuffington Post
“How would he distinguish himself from Trump if he has some of these similar leanings?” one Muslim New Yorker wanted to know.
Trump Impeachment: Here's What Arab and Muslim Americans Say about itMiddle East Eye
Some activists say focus should be on 2020 elections. Others insist impeachment is necessary to hold Trump accountable.
Messiah: Netflix Trailer 'Reveals Spoiler' to Muslim ViewersBBC
The show centres on a Christ-like man who performs miracles around the world. But the character’s name is a huge nod to Dajjal, a false prophet in Islamic theology comparable to the Antichrist.
Muslim, Jewish Women Come Together to Promote Tolerance, UnderstandingDaily Herald
“It is astounding how similar our religious traditions are … the stories, the challenges we share, the same goals and values we have for our families,” Khan said. “When you talk about Abrahamic faiths, you truly understand where that term comes from.”
Commentary: How a Muslim American Embraces the Holiday SeasonSan Diego Tribune
Respecting traditions of others helps build bridges.
Making Safe Spaces for Muslim Women to PlayNewsroom New Zealand
Women and girls in New Zealand’s Muslim community want to play sport and be active, but a new study has found they face significant barriers to play.
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