Religion

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

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Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »

Friends or foes? Art’s long, complicated relationship with religion

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(CNN) – When you enter the world of art, you are, like it or not, entering the realm of religion. Consider some of the world’s most famous works of art — the Parthenon Marbles, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Last Supper, the Blue Mosque — and it becomes clear just how deeply the history of art has been colored by the history of religion. Aaron Rosen CNN But these are all examples from earlier epochs. What about more… Friends or foes… Read More »

Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As Donations Pour In To Repair Vandalized St. Louis Jewish Cemetery

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Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the repair of a St. Louis Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend — and the… Shira Hanau Forward The campaign, which aimed to raise $20,000, exceeded its target in three hours — and had drawn more than $55… Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As… Read More »

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom

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To find the truth of Islam is to seek the specificities of time, place, culture and politics. There are no truths to be found in broad generalisations… Joumanah El Matrah The Guardian When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman… Yassmin Abdel-Magied… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

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The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Why no one’s protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia

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Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to… Andrew Masterson The Age Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he’s… Why no one’s… Read More »

Why are some black Africans considered white Americans?

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Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. Hind Makki Al Jazeera News I always knew I was black. My childhood was… Why are some… Read More »

Can John Locke Save Political Islam?

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Modern Islam will need a Locke, or someone like him, in its own hour of crisis. Joseph Loconte The National Interest “I NO sooner perceived myself in the world,” wrote English philosopher John Locke, “than I found myself in a storm.” Locke was referring… Can John Locke… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

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As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

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US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

How to Lose a Country: Henry David Thoreau, the Politics of Nature and the Citizenship of Fear

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Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University. Jedediah Purdy ABC His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. “I have lived for… How to Lose… Read More »

Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey

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Turkey is a country with diverse beliefs. Its religious diversity, however, is neither acknowledged nor appreciated. Alev Dudek Forbes Instead, the country is portrayed to be homogenous, with a 99.8% Islamic population, a number that is rather more determined by the compulsory note (“Islam”) in government-issued identification documents and the… Religious Diversity And… Read More »

Religion can make us more environmentally friendly – or not

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You might think that being religious would make you more likely to care about the natural world. Niki Rust BBC News But the truth is not so simple. Eight out of 10… Religion can make… Read More »

Why Americans Shouldn’t Normalize The Hijab

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The endgame of hijab culture in Islam is totalitarian. Luma Simms The Federalist For all their talk of ‘renegades,’ Playboy and The Huffington Post are hawking the banal conformity of this age: Anything but Western Christendom. In an article on… Why Americans Shouldn’t… Read More »