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Ethics + Religion

Five truths about the hijab that need to be told

A women is more than what she wears. Darrin Henry/Shutterstock Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University Rio 2016 is proving not just to be a platform for sporting prowess, it is also helping to shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions too. In the West, many regard traditional Muslim dress like the hijab as a sign of oppression, with women forced to wear …

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The many stories of Diwali share a common theme of triumph of justice

Diwali is the most important festival for the South Asian community. Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images Natasha Mikles, Texas State University As many Indian Americans celebrate the election of the first Black and South Asian woman, Kamala Harris, to the White House, many will also be celebrating the festival of Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 14. Sometimes …

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‘Caliphate’ podcast and its fallout reveal the extent of Islamophobia

An anti-Islamic protester during a demonstration at Toronto City Hall on March 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

An anti-Islamic protester during a demonstration at Toronto City Hall on March 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Fahad Ahmad, Carleton University and Tarek Younis, Middlesex University On Sept. 25, the RCMP arrested Shehroze Chaudhry, a Muslim man, for allegedly fabricating his affiliation with the Islamic State group (ISIS). Chaudhry — popularly referred to by his supposed nom de guerre, …

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When abortion is ‘haram’, women find strategies to claim their rights

Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans to ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey on 22 June 2012, in Istanbul. Reuters

Hazal Atay, Sciences Po – USPC Many women took to the streets worldwide on September 28, the global day of action for safe abortion successes and put forth new demands for women’s right to access safe, free and legal abortion. Right to access safe abortion is under threat in many countries, from the United States to Poland, from Argentina to Ireland …

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When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist

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Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick? A person capable of planning the Christchurch mosque attacks so methodically may well have mapped the last public chapter, too. By saying little and expressing no real remorse, …

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Afghanistan’s peace process is stalled. Can the Taliban be trusted to hold up their end of the deal?

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images Sher Jan Ahmadzai, University of Nebraska Omaha Five months after the United States signed an historic accord with the Taliban – the Islamic militant group that sheltered al-Qaida …

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