‘Muslim Women Are Everything’ Turns the Page on Stereotypes

Dr. Seema Yasmin’s book, born from her frustration with narrow, one-sided narratives about Muslim women, breaks apart tired old tropes.

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A Muslim-Hindu Kiss Puts Netflix India in the Crosshairs

Nationalist leaders decry scenes in the show “A Suitable Boy” between a Hindu and a Muslim, at a time of rising interfaith conflict and government efforts to control online content.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hinduism, #india, #kissing, #muslims-and-islam, #nair-mira, #netflix-inc, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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France’s Dragnet for Extremists Sweeps Up Some Schoolchildren, Too

When France held a tribute to a teacher killed after a class on freedom of expression, the police interrogated at least 14 students over comments flagged as inappropriate.

#children-and-childhood, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.

#artificial-intelligence, #cameras, #china, #computer-chips, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intel-corporation, #muslims-and-islam, #nvidia-corporation, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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‘Reach Out to Trump Supporters,’ They Said. I Tried.

I give up.

#discrimination, #muslims-and-islam, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The President vs. the American Media

After terrorist attacks, France’s leader accuses the English-language media of “legitimizing this violence.”

#censorship, #discrimination, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #news-and-news-media, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic.

The first purpose-built Muslim place of worship in the Greek capital since the Ottoman occupation arrived after decades of delay — just in time for a second coronavirus surge.

#athens-greece, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greece, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam

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Austria’s Leader Seeks Crackdown on Islamist Terrorism After Attack

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a set of legislative proposals that would make it easier to keep terrorists behind bars, close mosques and clamp down on funding for terrorists.

#austria, #european-union, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #vienna-austria, #vienna-austria-shooting-nov-2020

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Attack on French Consulate Ceremony in Saudi Arabia Wounds at Least 2

France has been targeted in a series of attacks since the republication in September of Prophet Muhammad caricatures by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #jidda-saudi-arabia, #muslims-and-islam

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Myanmar Election Delivers Another Decisive Win for Aung San Suu Kyi

The civilian leader’s reputation overseas has been stained by her defense of a military accused of genocide. But in voting on Sunday, her party easily secured a parliamentary majority.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #elections, #muslims-and-islam, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #rohingya-ethnic-group

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U.A.E. Changes Laws to Attract Foreign Tourists and Investment

The United Arab Emirates is abolishing lenient sentences for so-called honor killings, loosening alcohol restrictions and lessening the sway of Islamic law over foreigners.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #adultery, #alcoholic-beverages, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #foreign-investments, #israel, #muslims-and-islam, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #shariah-islamic-law, #united-arab-emirates, #wills-and-estates, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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The Politics of Terrorism in a Combustible Europe

Austria and France both suffered deadly attacks in recent weeks. The responses offer a glimpse of the political shape-shifting around Europe’s complex relationship with Islam.

#charlie-hebdo, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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From Iraq, an Intimate Glimpse of the Religious Holiday of Arbaeen

Every year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the Shiite holiday of Arbaeen, one of the largest organized gatherings in the world.

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Strong Turnout in Myanmar Shows Voters’ Support for Nascent Democracy

Despite defections, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is expected to remain the strongest force in the Parliament. The military, which ruled for 50 years, still controls much of the government.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #muslims-and-islam, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #union-solidarity-and-development-party-myanmar

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In the Netherlands, a Cartoon in School Leads to Online Threats and an Arrest

Threats against a high school teacher who displayed a political cartoon that supported the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have alarmed Dutch officials.

#cartoons-and-cartoonists, #charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #netherlands, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #rotterdam-netherlands, #social-media, #terrorism

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Attacks in France Point to a Threat Beyond Extremist Networks

The most recent attackers were isolated, self-radicalized individuals. That has raised questions about the government’s response.

#anzorov-abdoullakh-d-2020, #aouissaoui-brahim, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Vienna Reels From a Rare Terrorist Attack

The gunman, who killed four people and wounded 23, had been arrested for trying to join ISIS, raising questions about whether he should have been closely watched.

#austria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurz-sebastian-1986, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #vienna-austria, #vienna-austria-shooting-nov-2020

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Is France Fueling Muslim Terrorism by Trying to Prevent It?

Emmanuel Macron’s government may unwittingly be breeding the kind of communalism it wants to ward off.

#discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #secularism, #terrorism

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France’s Hardening Defense of Cartoons of Muhammad Could Lead to ‘A Trap’

Once denounced by French leaders, the images are now defended across the political spectrum, widening a divide with Muslim nations and leaving many French Muslims alienated.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #nice-france

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2nd Man Is Arrested Over Knife Attack in Nice

The man, 47, was suspected of being in contact with a knife-wielding assailant who killed three people at a church on Thursday, the French authorities said.

#france, #muslims-and-islam, #nice-france, #terrorism

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

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Muslim Countries Denounce French Response to Killing of Samuel Paty, Urge Boycott

While the French have supported their government’s crackdown, it has opened the country to criticism that its complicated relationship with French Muslims has taken an ugly turn.

#bangladesh, #boycotts, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #international-relations, #jordan, #kuwait, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #terrorism

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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A Radical Cleric Ignites an Islamist Resistance in Afghanistan

The cleric’s supporters in Herat are enforcing harsh Shariah law reminiscent of the Taliban’s. Women are alarmed, and the government has been able to do little.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #clergy, #herat-afghanistan, #muslims-and-islam, #shariah-islamic-law, #womens-rights

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France, Waging a Crackdown, Honors a Teacher and Depicts a Plot in Beheading

Two teenagers were paid about $350 to identify a teacher later decapitated outside his school. As the nation mourns, officials move against what they see as militant Islam.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-france, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #terrorism

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Book Review: ‘The Dead Are Arising,’ by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

Thirty years in the making, “The Dead Are Arising,” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne, sharpens our understanding of the Black activist and thinker whose influence continues to reverberate.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #malcolm-x, #muslims-and-islam, #nation-of-islam, #payne-les, #payne-tamara-1966, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-dead-are-arising-the-life-of-malcolm-x-book

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Suspect Stalked French School Before Beheading Teacher, Officials Say

The suspect, a Russian immigrant, was angered by a classroom display of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and sought help identifying the teacher involved.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-france, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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This Ex-Taliban Commander Is Now the Face of Afghan Security

Rahmatullah Andar once fought the government and then turned against the Taliban. Now he is a prominent spokesman, and his story is an example of the long war’s many plot twists.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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If Amy Coney Barrett Were Muslim

It’s not hard to imagine how conservatives would smear her religious beliefs.

#carson-benjamin-s, #discrimination, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star, and The Times

A top editor is now reviewing Rukmini Callimachi’s reporting on terrorism, which turned distant conflicts into accessible stories but drew criticism from colleagues.

#al-qaeda, #associated-press, #baquet-dean, #callimachi-rukmini-maria-1973, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #muslims-and-islam, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #podcasts, #terrorism

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Macron Vows Crackdown on ‘Islamist Separatism’ in France

President Emmanuel Macron’s speech addressed a deep-rooted problem in French society: its enduring difficulty to integrate significant parts of its large, nonwhite, Muslim population of immigrants and their descendants.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #private-and-sectarian-schools

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Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

Finding common ground on the role of Islam is the most decisive task in the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #constitutions, #doha-qatar, #ghani-ashraf, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #womens-rights

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Indian Court Acquits Hindu Leaders of Demolishing Historic Mosque

The 1992 destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu nationalists sparked sectarian violence in a country where Muslims feel increasingly oppressed.

#advani-lal-krishna, #ayodhya-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam

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Brushing off Criticism, China’s Xi Calls Policies in Xinjiang ‘Totally Correct’

Mr. Xi made the remarks at a meeting on the region of western China, suggesting that the Communist Party remains committed to drastically changing Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #forced-labor, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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For Some Muslim Couples, Gender-Separate Weddings Are the Norm

For some Muslim brides who observe the hijab, weddings, where men and women celebrate in different rooms, creates a space for guests to feel free, while also upholding tradition.

#marriages, #muslims-and-islam

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China Is Expanding Detention Sites in Muslim Region of Xinjiang

China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise.

#china, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #prisons-and-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

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Museum in India Celebrating Muslim Dynasty Gets a Hindu Overhaul

A planned museum in Agra on the Mughal rulers and their culture is to be renamed for a Hindu warrior-king and refocused on Hindu history, as a nationalist revival sweeps the country.

#adityanath-yogi, #agra-india, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #mughal-empire, #museums, #muslims-and-islam

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In Arab States’ Embrace, Israelis See a Reshaped Mideast

Normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain raise hopes in Israel that it is finally gaining acceptance in its volatile neighborhood.

#bahrain, #defense-and-military-forces, #grand-mosque-bursa-turkey, #haaretz, #international-crisis-group, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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For Survivors at Charlie Hebdo Trial, Wounds Are Still Raw

Victims of the 2015 attack on the satirical weekly took the stand this week with vivid accounts of how their colleagues were killed — and how their own lives were suddenly overturned.

#charlie-hebdo, #france, #muslims-and-islam, #terrorism

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Charlie Hebdo Republishes Cartoons That Prompted Deadly 2015 Attack

The decision by the French satirical magazine to recirculate cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam coincides with the start of a long-awaited trial for the attack that killed 11 of its staff.

#cabut-jean-1938-2015, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #charlie-hebdo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #kouachi-cherif-1982-2015, #kouachi-said-1980-2015, #magazines, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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After 7 Years on the Run, a Muslim Brotherhood Leader Is Caught

Egypt said that a raid in Cairo had netted the outlawed movement’s acting leader, Mahmoud Ezzat, who was thought to have fled abroad.

#american-university-in-cairo, #cairo-egypt, #ezzat-mahmoud, #fugitives, #morsi-mohamed, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #muslims-and-islam

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New Zealand Gives Christchurch Shooter a Record Sentence

While the grieving and wounded watched, Brenton Tarrant was hauled away to face the certainty of dying behind bars after killing 51 people at two mosques in the worst terrorist attack New Zealand has ever seen.

#christchurch-new-zealand, #christchurch-new-zealand-attack-march-2019, #mass-shootings, #muslims-and-islam, #tarrant-brenton-harrison, #terrorism

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Outspoken Atheist, Arrested in Nigeria for Blasphemy, Hasn’t Been Seen Since

Mubarak Bala, head of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was seized by the police and has disappeared in custody. Other Nigerian nonbelievers fear more detentions are coming.

#atheism, #bala-mubarak, #kano-nigeria, #muslims-and-islam, #nigeria

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A Birthday at the Cemetery

All I could think about was how quickly the first 40 years of my life had flown by and how nothing was guaranteed ahead.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

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Modi Founds a Temple on Mosque’s Ruins, in Triumphal Moment for Hindus

In a ceremony in Ayodhya, a past flash point for sectarian violence, India’s prime minister offers his Hindu nationalist base a clear symbol of ascendancy.

#ayodhya-india, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

#caste-systems, #clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #freedom-of-religion, #hinduism, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #poverty

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Trump Appointee With History of Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Remarks Leaves Aid Agency

Merritt Corrigan, the former deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development, had drawn scrutiny shortly after being named to the position.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #christians-and-christianity, #corrigan-merritt, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #engel-eliot-l, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #house-of-representatives, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #social-media, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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American Accused of Blasphemy Is Killed in Pakistan Courtroom

The shooting of Tahir Ahmad Naseem drew strong U.S. condemnation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are often used to persecute and intimidate religious minorities.

#freedom-of-religion, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #naseem-tahir-ahmad-d-2020, #pakistan, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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Pilgrims, Fewer and Socially Distanced, Arrive in Mecca for Annual Hajj

The coronavirus pandemic has curtailed the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, limiting the number of people and barring people from outside the kingdom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #saudi-arabia

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Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Hagia Sophia as a Mosque

The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.

#byzantine-civilization, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #istanbul-turkey, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #ottoman-empire, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations

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