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Gary R. Bunt

Online Seminar

Gary R. Bunt, 'The Allah Algorithm: Islamic Influencers over Time, Space and the Internet'. garybunt_020620_presentation
Live from my living room, as part of UWTSD's Research Seminar Series on Religion, I'll be presenting at Tuesday 2nd June at 4.00 p.m. (UK time) 'The Allah Algorithm: Islamic Influencers over Time, Space and the Internet'. This is based on work in progress. It'll include some reflections on the COVID-19 situation and its impact on online discourse. The session will last for an hour or so.Access is via Teams. DM me if you require a link.

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COVID-19: Updated

COVID-19 coverage/issues relating specifically to Muslims and the internet: this section of the blog is now effectively a timeline of key concerns associated with COVID-19, which I will be unpacking in future writing Discover More…

LGBTQIA Issues Morocco

The New Arab, Morocco's LGBT community lives in fear after gay men outed in homophobic online campaign
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'Halal wrist'

Basketball and bismillah Discover More…

Qur'an and Radicalisation

Just found this interesting research from 2018 Discover More…

British Muslim TV

In the spotlight after some unfortunate broadcasting errors...

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IS Horizon Foundation

IS Horizon Foundation publication released Discover More…

Online resources for MENA studies

Online resources for MENA studies Discover More…

Arabic Machine Learning

The National, Lost in translation: Why machine learning finds Arabic challenging Discover More…

Hezbollah

Hezbollah video surfaces Discover More…

Ramadan 2020: Updated

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With Virtual Iftars now a reality, I tracked specific issues of online engagement and Ramadan during the Coronavirus crisis. Discover More…

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak! Photo: Gary R. Bunt Discover More…

Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences

The Muslim Vibe, Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences.
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Nostalgia

Who remembers the Apple III?

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Al-Qaeda video

Commentary from Elisabeth Kendall on the new al-Qaeda video

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Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World

Heidi Campbell (ed), Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World, (OakTrust, 2020) new e-book released on COVID-19 and religion, with a section on Muslim responses. It includes a chapter on Practising Islam in the COVID-19 age. Discover More…

Poetry thread

Here's an interesting couple of threads on Sufism, and in particular the de-Islamization of poetry in (some) 'western' translations and their appropriation online. Discover More…

IT/'IS'/Wales

Wales Online, Boss of Cardiff company jailed for seven years in Spain for funding Isis
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Pakistan net influences

Pakistan Observer, Ulema can play active role in promotion of inter-sect harmony

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Media representation issues

The Shabab, Tablighi Guidebook ‘Fazail-E-Amaal’ Shown As ‘Jihadi Literature’ In Amazon Prime Web Series Pataal Lok


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Syrian Jihadi Groups

Al-Monitor, The not-so-sacred profit bonanza of Syria's jihadi groups
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Media Balance

Transgender reporting issues Discover More…

FGM Sudan

Sudan FGM ban Discover More…

Pakistan Murder Case

Online footage leads to murder in Pakistan … Discover More…

Sheikha Minira Abdou

Farah Ibrahim, Scene Arabia, Her Voice Wasn't 'Aware: Meet Sheikha Minira Abdou, Egypt's First Radio Qur'an Reciter Excellent article
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FB Sri Lanka

Facebook Sri Lanka issues: Discover More…

'Homeland'

Quite an ending for 'Homeland'. Consistently interesting, occasionally erratic series. Numerous bumps throughout (remember the graffiti?) and many other issues. Somewhere out there is a thesis waiting to be written on 'Homeland' and representation concerns - I'd be happy to supervise!!

On the positive side: Clare Danes' great acting held the suspenseful finale together, with Kamasi Washington's magnificent playing!
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IS Tech

Very interesting ... I refer to production values in 'Hashtag Islam' and elsewhere , but this looks closely at the actual tech: Yorck Beese, GNet, Shooting for 1080p Full HD – Assessing Islamic State’s Cameras Discover More…

'Million Women Rise' photos/video

From the March 2020 demo, with images of significant human rights and gender violence campaigns (including those associated with Muslim demographics). Discover More…

ISIS Yemen

'ISIS' Yemen Discover More…
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