Recording India’s Linguistic Riches as Leaders Push Hindi as Nation’s Tongue

Ganesh Devy has spent decades documenting India’s hundreds of distinct languages. Up next: a 12,000-year history of India he hopes will help counter the government’s Hindu-first campaign.

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Desperate to Flee Attacks, Kashmir Hindus Say Officials Lock the Exits

Decades after militant violence forced Hindus out of the disputed region, they have been shaken by an intensifying string of targeted killings.

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China Spins U.N. Human Rights Chief’s Visit as Propaganda

Michelle Bachelet’s tour includes Xinjiang, where China has been accused of genocide. The terms of her visit are unclear, and critics say Beijing is using her for propaganda.

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The Taliban Pressure Women in Afghanistan to Cover Up

The militant group in charge of the country is aggressively enforcing a decree requiring coverings from head to toe and crushing rare public protests against the order.

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India’s Dangerous New Pattern of Communal Tensions

As a national campaign by right-wing groups inflames local tensions, Muslim communities are facing the harshest punishments, according to activists, analysts and retired officials.

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Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem

A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Bangladesh Shutters Dozens of Schools Set Up by Rohingya in Camps

More than 30 schools, teaching tens of thousands of Rohingya students, were closed in Bangladesh, where officials are said to have feared the schools would encourage the refugees to stay permanently.

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Some Muslims Are Using Digital Rings to Count Recitations

Much like the fitness tools that count steps, these electronic devices help keep a record of the day’s religious recitations.

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Why Ramadan Generates Millions in Charitable Giving Every Year

During the Muslim holy month, there is a strong focus on helping others.

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Love Songs and Tear Gas in a Tense Sudan Ramadan

“We come to forget it all,” one young musician said during the daily end of the fast. “The heat, the electricity cuts, the protests. Here, at least, we can sing.”

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Emmanuel Macron Defeats Marine Le Pen for Second Term as French President

The result was a relief to allies in Europe and Washington wary of a far-right challenger who was hostile to the European Union and NATO.

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Inside Le Pen Territory as France Votes in a Runoff Election

Whatever happens in the runoff election on Sunday, France has changed, and the winner may face a turbulent season.

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A Site Holy to Jews and Muslims Returns as the Nexus of Conflict

The skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as Temple Mount, are laden with national and religious symbolism.

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Who Will France’s Muslims Choose for President?

In Sunday’s decisive runoff election, they have a distasteful choice between Macron and Le Pen. They won’t necessarily back Macron.

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France’s Marine Le Pen Is as Dangerous as Ever

As a French Muslim citizen, I fear for my country.

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The Female Soccer Players Challenging France’s Hijab Ban

France’s soccer federation forbids hijab-wearing women from competing in soccer games, even though FIFA allows them. A collective of Muslim players is fighting what it considers a discriminatory rule.

#discrimination, #federation-francaise-de-football, #france, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #soccer

Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

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Clashes Erupt at Jerusalem Holy Site on Day With Overlapping Holidays

Calm returned after more than 150 people were injured and hundreds were arrested by the Israeli police on Friday, when Ramadan, Easter and Passover coincided for the first time in thirty years.

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Israeli-Palestinian Clashes Erupt in Jerusalem as Holidays Converge

The violence broke out at the Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, on the first day of a rare concurrence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter.

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Macron Sets Out to Build a ‘Dam’ Against Le Pen. Can It Hold?

After Sunday’s vote, when nearly a third of ballots went to the extreme right, a united front of mainstream voters looked more precarious than ever.

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Macron to Face Le Pen for President as French Gravitate Toward Extremes

President Emmanuel Macron and the hard-right leader Marine Le Pen will compete for a second time in a runoff on April 24.

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Wave of Terrorism in Israel Defies a Simple Narrative

Four recent deadly attacks have highlighted Palestinian anger over vanishing prospects of a Palestinian state, but the assailants’ diverse backgrounds have left many questions unanswered.

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France’s Far Right Turn

A rising nationalist faction has grown its coalition by appealing to Catholic identity and anti-immigrant sentiment — and reshaped the country’s race for president.

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15 Recipes for Observing Ramadan

As a month of fasting begins, these flavorful dishes will enliven suhoor meals and iftar celebrations.

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Four Sentenced to Death for Blogger’s Murder in Bangladesh

The victim, who had promoted secularism, was among several writers fatally attacked in the country in 2015.

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A Mural Celebrating Tipu Sultan Is Up for Auction. His Legacy is Contested.

The battle scene depicts a victory over British troops by an 18th-century Muslim, a man India’s current government would prefer was forgotten.

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Yes, There Is a Clash of Civilizations

What Samuel Huntington foresaw about the current world order.

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Four Killed in Southern Israel in Latest in Spate of Attacks

The attacks have heightened fears of further violence in April, when the convergence of three religious holidays has leaders on edge.

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Religion-Fueled Mobs on the Rise Again in Pakistan

The recent lynching of a man accused of burning pages from a Quran underscored Pakistan’s leading status as a site of religious violence.

#khan-imran, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #tehrik-e-taliban

7 Takeaways From ‘The Trojan Horse Affair’ Podcast

Here are seven key takeaways from “The Trojan Horse Affair,” our podcast investigating a national scandal.

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Yogi Adityanath’s Election Win Raises His Profile Across India

Yogi Adityanath’s return as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is fueling talk that he might succeed Narendra Modi as prime minister one day, and continue to advance their Hindu political movement.

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Supreme Court Sides With F.B.I. in Case on Spying on Muslims

In a narrow and unanimous decision, the justices ruled that a 1978 law governing national security surveillance did not displace the state secrets doctrine.

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At Least 57 Dead in Pakistan After Mosque Attack

At least 57 people were killed and more than 100 wounded after an explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan.

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Mosque Dispute Becomes Flash Point in South Korean Identity Politics

A mosque dispute in a conservative city has forced some South Koreans to confront what it means to live in an increasingly diverse society.

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How Macron Stands as France’s Presidential Election Looms

The president, not even a formal candidate yet, seems to benefit from standing above the anti-immigrant fray.

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First Arabic Film by Netflix Stirs Fierce Morality Debate

Critics argued that the remake of the Italian film “Perfect Strangers” flouted moral standards by projecting Western norms out of sync with the largely religious public across much of the Arab world.

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The Quiet Flight of Muslims From France

All the talk of France’s presidential election campaign is about immigration. But it is the expanding emigration of French Muslims that points to a deeper crisis for the country.

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No Hijabs for Now, Indian Court Tells Muslim Students

In a dispute that’s become a flash point over minority rights, students are told to avoid religious garments of all kinds, pending a ruling on whether schools can ban head scarves.

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As Officials Look Away, Hate Speech in India Nears Dangerous Levels

Activists and analysts say calls for anti-Muslim violence — even genocide — are moving from the fringes to the mainstream, while political leaders keep silent.

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Leader’s Death Is Another Blow for ISIS, but It’s Hardly the End

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. But it’s likely to keep adapting and enduring, even after the U.S. raid that killed its top commander.

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How the Trojan Horse Affair Affected British Pakistanis

A scandal in 2014, known as the Trojan Horse affair, exposed what it’s like living in Britain as a British Pakistani.

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ISIS Siege of Syria Prison Proves It’s Still a Threat

The Islamic State may no longer be able to control territory, but it has shown in Syria and Iraq that it can still pull off opportunistic military operations.

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On Patrol: 12 Days With a Taliban Police Unit in Kabul

Tasked with guarding a Shiite shrine, a police unit offers a telling snapshot of the Taliban’s rank-and-file fighters and the challenges Afghanistan’s rulers face in governing a diverse nation.

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What He Hadn’t Told Me

We met on a dating app, where his profile lacked a few crucial details.

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Are Better Things Coming? Inshallah

Whatever language you speak, “inshallah” can bring you hope.

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‘Now There Is No One’: The Lament of One of the Last Christians in a Syrian City

Michel Butros al-Jisri is among the few Christians left from a once-vibrant community in Idlib on the brink of disappearing. The city, in the only territory in Syria still controlled by rebels, is ruled by Islamists.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #idlib-syria, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Balaclavas Are Trendy, but for Some Muslim Women It’s More Complicated

The sudden popularity of the hoodlike head covering has spurred a comparison to hijabs.

#discrimination, #fashion-and-apparel, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls

How the Site of a Bronx Fire Became a Haven for Gambians

Abdoulie Touray is believed to have been the first Gambian to move into 333 E. 181st Street. He drew scores of compatriots to the building where 17 died in a fire.

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How This Changing Brussels Neighborhood is Trying to Leave The Stigma of Terrorism Behind

Molenbeek was where a terrorist cell planned attacks that killed 162 in Paris and Brussels. Six years later, residents are trying to reinvent the area as a trial rekindles an awful association.

#brussels-belgium, #brussels-attacks-march-2016, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #sint-jans-molenbeek-belgium, #terrorism, #youth

Online ‘Auction’ Is Latest Attack on Muslim Women in India

The fake site, the second in months, is a sign of the organized nature of virtual bullying, with threats of sexualized violence aimed at silencing the outspoken.

#auctions, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls