Tag Archives: Religion

‘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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The puzzle of home education in Hasidic communities

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While educating children at home is a big challenge for any parent, it is an achievement for most Hasidic parents. Fathers have not been able to develop their skills in this regard, not having received sufficient secular education themselves, and mothers, in charge of large families, often work outside the home. The issue is all the more important given that home education is …

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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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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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