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Gary R. Bunt

COVID-19: Updated

COVID-19 coverage/issues relating specifically to Muslims and the internet. Discover More…

'IS' Afghanistan

IS key figure detained in Afghanistan Discover More…

Korean Muslims Online

Farrah Sheikh, ResearchGate, Korean Muslims: Shaping Islamic Discourse and Identities Online, European Journal of Korean Studies Discover More…

Pearl Murder Sentence Review

Guardian, Daniel Pearl murder: Pakistani court overturns death sentence of accused

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Investigations into Anti-Terror Funding

East London Advertiser, Council worker secured thousands of pounds in anti-terror cash for friend Discover More…

Surveillance Memes for Teens

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm not a regular reader of TeenVogue, so have only just come across this article... Vanessa Taylor, Teen Vogue, Muslim Teens Love Surveillance Memes That Give Them a Subversive Way to Cope
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'IS' Internet 'Lure'

Anne Speckhard, HSToday.us, Kimberly Pullman: A Canadian Woman Lured Over the Internet to the ISIS Caliphate
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Surfing the App Souq

Written a decade ago, this has re-surfaced on the revamped CyberOrient site as a PDF: Gary R. Bunt, Surfing the App Souq: Islamic Applications for Mobile Devices
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Halal If You Hear Me

BBC, Halal If You Hear Me This is a really interesting radio programme from Radio 4… Discover More…

Fuad Nahdi

This links to coverage of the death of Fuad Nadhi, an influential figure in terms of Muslims in the UK. He instigated Q-News, an important publication for Muslims in the 90s. I still have the back-issues, and it impacted on my own research. Discover More…

CyberOrient

CyberOrient, Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East and Islamic World, Vol. 13 Issue 1
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Research Issues

Michael Krona, GNet, Vicarious Trauma From Online Extremism Research – A Call to Action

This is a significant issue, which I have personal experience of, especially as I recall the impact of some of the first 'jihad' oriented videos I viewed some 20 years ago …

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Internet Spped Comparison

Stepfeed, The 2019 Edition: The Arab world ranked by internet speed

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'The Brighton Jihadists'

The Observer, The Brighton jihadists: bullied brothers who went into battle
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Hashem Abedi Trial

Independent, Hashem Abedi trial: Manchester attacker’s brother found guilty of murdering bomb victims
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Anti-LGBTQIA+ song removed

Anti-LGBT song removed from online spaces Discover More…

Online Relationships

BBC World Service, Outlook, A Syrian love story that started with a resume Discover More…

The Online Public Sphere in the Gulf

Good to see this has been published: Review of Middle East Studies, 53(2) Special Focus: The Online Public Sphere in the Gulf
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'Bots' and bans


Open Democracy, 'Bots’ and bans: social media and regime propaganda in the Middle East

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Egypt Street Dogs

AP/Arab News, Egypt’s once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life Discover More…

'Marriage Without Dating'

Qantara.de, Indonesian Singles Propose 'Marriage Without Dating' Discover More…

Harrassment Online

Tim Berners-Lee discusses gender-based online harrassment. Discover More…

Riz Ahmed (updated)

Riz Ahmed's new video and album is available now. Amongst several themes, it explores a number of identity issues and concerns impacting on Muslim communities (in UK and beyond). The video is an outstanding must-see for anyone interested in these issues. Discover More…

'IS' Libya

Inga Kristina Trauthig, ICSR, islamic State in Libya: From Force to Farce? report
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New Book on Jihad

A new book from Thomas Hegghammer is out now, discussing global jihad: Discover More…

Polio in Pakistan

The News (Pakistan), Polio remains an endemic in Pakistan
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Kashmir social media

Kashmir social media access is back, but very limited. I'm advised it's insufficient for video calls. Discover More…

Review: Hashtag Islam

Al Bawaba, How Effective is Cyber Islam? Discover More…

Indian Identity Issues

This is an important initiative. Discover More…

#Muslims4Bernie

Stepfeed, #MuslimsForBernie: Muslim-Americans explain why they're voting for Sanders
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