Muslim Nations Reject Trump's Mideast Plan in Saudi MeetingABC News
Days after Gulf Arab states expressed their support for President Donald Trump’s efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, representatives of Muslim-majority nations gathered in Saudi Arabia and rejected the White House’s plan as “biased.”
Why Muslim-Majority Countries Need Secular Citizenship and Law-MakingOpen Democracy
Islam is neither an instrument of identity politics, nor an ideology offering political solutions.
Rethinking Secularism: Can Europe Integrate Its Muslims?Open Democracy
A new understanding of secularism represents Europe’s best chance for finding a way forward.
How the Far Right Became Europe’s New NormalThe New York Times
It was a scandal when a far-right party entered government two decades ago. Now it’s just routine. What happened?
Comparing Trump to ISIS Bolsters Islamophobia and Obscures Colonial ViolenceTruth Out
Islamized insults also exceptionalize Trump as an alien phenomenon, distancing him from the very society that produced him.
India’s New Laws Hurt Women Most of AllForeign Policy
New Delhi wants people to prove their citizenship. But Indian women are the demographic least likely to possess paperwork.
Why Arbitrary, Secretive Detention of Over a Million Chinese Muslims Is Likely to Worsen Coronavirus Scare | OpinionNewsweek
The Chinese government’s adoption of an authoritarian approach to the coronavirus outbreak, relying on a quarantine and press censorship, is not unlike its approach to Xinjiang. The authorities have both created the conditions for a potential health care disaster and made it almost impossible for anyone outside the region to know what is happening there.
Sonny Bill Williams Condemns China Over Uighur Muslim TreatmentSky News
The top player says he’s “always been one to stand up, not just for myself, but for what I feel is right”.
The Nights Counts the Cost of Islamophobic Tabloids, Western Values and the 'War on Terror'The Adelaide Review
Prolific UK playwright Henry Naylor has become an Adelaide Fringe staple in recent years with a string of taut, timely works. In his latest play, The Nights, Naylor returns his gaze to the Middle East along with a sharp look at the British press.
Jewish And Muslim Groups Have Condemned A Tory MP For Attending A Conference With Far-Right Politicians In ItalyBuzzfeed
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “If the Conservative Party fails to discipline Mr Kawczynski, it runs the serious risk of the public assuming that they share his views on association with such people.”
It’s Not Just About Zakat in Muslim GivingUK Fundraising
Despite some Muslims in the UK being from the poorest social and economic communities, Muslim giving to charitable causes in the UK is estimated at over £500 million to £1 billion annually, with over £100 million of that given in the 30 days of Ramadan alone.
Muslims Want Right to Portuguese Nationality “Just Like Sephardic Jews”Portugal Resident
The descendants to Muslims expelled from Portugal in 1496 want to be included in the amnesty that has seen hundreds of Sephardic Jews from all over the world reclaim their Portuguese nationality.
I Can Never Forget the Bosnian Genocide. But Others Are Trying to Rewrite History.The Washington Post
Jessica Stern and Peter Handke are rewriting history about Bosnia. But I can’t forget.
The World’s First Democratically Elected Muslim Woman Was From GeorgiaThe Muslim Vibe
Of course, many Muslim women have wielded vast political power, ruling entire empires (Sofieva herself was probably named after the great Safavid princess, poet and politician Peri-Khan Khanum), and some were likely elected in less formalized ways. But Sofieva’s case represents the first time a Muslim woman ran in a modern election – complete with ballot boxes, party lists and formal campaigns – and won.
Nigerians Shocked By Trump's New Immigration RestrictionsNPR
A Migration Policy Institute study shows first- and second-generation Nigerians are typically more educated and more likely to hold professional jobs than the general U.S. population. According to a New York Times report, experts say there could be wide-ranging economic effects following the travel ban.
Niger: Trump's Extended Ban on Muslims Causes a StirAll Africa
Religious and church groups have condemned the decision by the United States (US) to expand a ban imposed on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries.
Mostafa's Story: How an Egyptian Woman Finally Got Her Baby BoyMiddle East Eye
Rasha Mekky thought her future would be childless until she discovered an alternative to adoption that would be permissible in Islam.
The Racism at the Heart of Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’The New York Times
Adding Nigeria to the expanded list of excluded countries just makes it more obvious.
Trump's Travel Ban Is Islamophobic, Xenophobic Policy, Civil Rights Groups SaySojourners
President Donald Trump’s expansion of the travel ban to six additional countries has nothing to do with security reasons as the administration claimed and is rather built on Islamophobia and xenophobia, leaders of several civil rights groups said.
Two Utah Inmates Say Prison Is Denying Them Weekly Islamic PrayersDeseret News
Tolton and Williams used the prison grievance process to request regular jumah but have been refused, the lawsuit says. The suit claims the prison is violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
What U.S. Religious Liberty Means — Especially When It Comes To IslamNPR
NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Asma Uddin about the state of religious liberty in the United States. Uddin is author of When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom.
US Election 2020: The Arab and Muslim Vote May Be Decisive in IowaMiddle East Eye
In a tight presidential race, Iowa’s Arab- and Muslim-American community could have major say on results.
US Election 2020: Some Muslims in Iowa Will Caucus in Their Own MosquesMiddle East Eye
Muslim Americans say caucusing at mosques will increase political engagement in the community.
At a Des Moines Mosque Satellite Caucus, Sanders Backed by Majority of CaucusgoersDes Moines Register
Sanders gets backing from the majority of caucuses at Des Moines mosque.
'Seattle is Leading the Way': US City Passes Resolution Against India's CAA and NRCMiddle East Eye
Seattle becomes first US city to condemn India’s Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens, which have been denounced as ‘discriminatory’.
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