Tag Archives: Islam

One year on, Muslim women reflect on wearing the niqab in a mask-wearing world

One year on, Muslim women reflect on wearing the niqab in a mask-wearing world Muslim women say they are having an easier time wearing the niqab during pandemic times. hjrivas/Pixabay, CC BY Anna Piela, Northwestern University One year into the pandemic, protective face masks have come to signify different things for different groups of people. To some it’s an issue …

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Eight ways that Islamophobia operates in everyday life

Fear of Islam pervades every corner of modern Muslim life. Fotos583/www.shutterstock.com Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University; Gurchathen Sanghera, University of St Andrews, and Katherine Botterill, Edinburgh Napier University Immigration and national identity currently are at the forefront of the public conscience. In France, the burkini ban and in the UK proposals for migration controls following the Brexit vote are dividing communities. …

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Researchers asked 2,500 Jewish and Muslim people what they find offensive – here’s what they said

Asking ‘everyday’ people. MBI/Shutterstock Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge Accusations of antisemitism have been swirling around the Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader in 2015. He has been accused of harbouring antisemitic views and offering public support to party colleagues labelled as antisemitic. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party have faced accusations of “endemic” Islamophobia. In the run-up to the …

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Beheading in France could bolster president’s claim that Islam is in ‘crisis’ – but so is French secularism

An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020. Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University A French high school teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old …

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How competition for religious authority breeds Islamist militancy in Java

Alexandre Pelletier, Cornell University After Indonesia’s democratic transition of 1998, dozens of small yet vocal Islamist groups sprung up throughout the world’s most populous Muslim majority country. The Islamic Defenders’ Front (Front Pembela Islam or FPI) – the most notorious of these groups – has mobilised, often violently, to curb what it considers as immorality and misguided religious minorities. The …

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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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