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Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran is becoming more secular. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Pooyan Tamimi Arab, Utrecht University and Ammar Maleki, Tilburg University Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always …

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Will the UK’s sharia councils struggle to meet the challenge of Covid divorces?

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Shutterstock Fouzia Azzouz, University of Bristol Sharia councils across the UK could be facing a potentially significant rise in their workload as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and many don’t have the resources to cope. The predicted rise in divorce rates and reported increase in cases of domestic violence associated with lockdown measures will touch Muslim relationships just like …

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The forgotten women who helped to build British Islam

Group photo outside the Memorial Hall at the Shah Jahan Mosque complex in Woking. Woking Mission Photos Index, Author provided

Group photo outside the Memorial Hall at the Shah Jahan Mosque complex in Woking. Woking Mission Photos Index, Author provided Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Coventry University The two first British mosques were established in 1889 in Liverpool and Woking, and women played a major contribution to the communities that helped to set up these mosques. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it. Indeed, …

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Former Byzantine churches are being converted to mosques – this threatens Istanbul’s cosmopolitan identity

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Hagia Sofia. Baucys/Shutterstock.com Ilay Romain Ors, University of Oxford and Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, University of Pittsburgh Two former Byzantine churches of Istanbul, the famed Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, which served as museums for decades, have been converted to mosques in the space of a month. This has raised concerns. Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox community …

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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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legacy”>Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical …

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