Virtually Islamic

Researching Islam, Muslims and the Internet

Northern Syria Situation

Rolling coverage of key stories on the Northern Syria situation, which I will keep updated:

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#whereisesraa


Read Jen Pedersen's tweet about the 'disappearance' of activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

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'Conflict Without End' series

Kim Sengupta, Independent, For a former Taliban commander, the quiet life is a distant prospect Read More…

Iraq Net Blackout

CNN, Iraqi protesters say they have videos of government atrocities. An internet blackout is stopping the world from seeing them Read More…

KSA al-Awda Case

Al Jazeera, Verdict delayed in trial of Saudi dissident: family Read More…

Indonesia Digital Economy

Techwire Asia, How technology will drive Indonesia’s digital economy to new highs in 2020
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KSA Influencers

Eden Gillespie, Guardian, The Instagram influencers hired to rehabilitate Saudi Arabia's image
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China's destruction of Uighur burial grounds

Guardian, Then and now: China's destruction of Uighur burial grounds Read More…

Page update

Due to technical issues, this is a copy of the previously published blog. There remain some problems with the tags, which have disappeared or been changed. I will continue to work on a fix for this. Read More…

KSA censors university books

The New Arab, Saudi Arabia purges university books containing 'Muslim Brotherhood ideologies'
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Arabic Internet

Guardian, Spread the word: the Iraqis translating the internet into Arabic  Read More…

AICIS2019 Round-up

Conclusion of an interesting week in Jakarta at AICIS2019:

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'Inside the Fatwa Machine'

Diagrams used in my presentation 'Inside the Fatwa Machine' are here:

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Conference: 'Digital Islam, Education and Youth'

AICIS 2019 19th Annual Conference on Islamic Studies, 'Digital Islam, Education and Youth: Changing Landscape of Indonesian Islam'

I'll be participating in this conference 1-4 October 2019, which includes livestreaming of the panels.

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Qandeel Baloch Case

Channel News Asia, Brother of murdered Pakistan social media star gets life in 'honour killing' case Read More…

Hijab and Social Media

New and noted: R. Kauser, Exploring the self-presentation of female Muslims, who wear the hijab, on the social networking site 'Instagram.' (Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019) [PDF] Read More…

ISIS Research - Trauma

Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, I Watched ISIS Videos, and Felt My Soul Diminished Read More…

Rumiyah Analysed

Stuart Macdonald, Daniel Grinnell, Anina Kinzel & Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, RUSI Journal, Daesh, Twitter and the Social Media Ecosystem: A Study of Outlinks Contained in Tweets Mentioning Rumiyah Read More…

Egypt Security Issues

The New Arab, Egyptian security services 'conducting illegal random phone searches' in protest crackdown Read More…

Mosul Eye Profile

BBC News, Fighting the Islamic State group online
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