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Gary R. Bunt

FGM

BBC World Service - Outlook, Confronting my grandma and my nation over FGM


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Swipe Like An Egyptian: Harmonica

BBC News, The dating app built for young Egyptians
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KSA Domestic Workers Initiative

Mariam Nabbout, Stepfeed, Saudi Arabia to take action against people who 'sell' domestic workers [online dimension to this] Discover More…

Iran's Anti-Dog Laws

Salam Bustanji, AlBawaba.com, 'It is a Sin to Walk Your Dog!' Iran's Anti-Dog Laws are Treating Pet Owners as Criminals
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'Immodest fashion'??

AlBawaba, Is a Saleswoman’s Outfit Enough to Enrage an Entire Country? In Saudi Arabia, It Is
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'Modest fashion'

BBC Newsbeat, Modest fashion: 'I feel confident and comfortable'
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"The real Melissa"

BBC News, 'I woke up to thousands of messages from Malaysia'
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'Glorifying Violence'

Al Bawaba, Glorifying Violence: 'Israel Is Trying to Make Killing Palestinians Look Sexy'
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Lebanon Grafitti

Lebanon Grafitti under discussion in this interesting clip from Al Jazeera. Discover More…

KSA Promo

Reuters/VOA, Saudi Promo Video Labels Feminism, Atheism, Homosexuality as Extremist Ideas
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Online Harassment

Laura El Alam, Muslim Matters, Unsolicited: Online Sexual Harassment Poisons Social Media For Sisters In Faith, 2 Oct 2019
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"Joining the mosque I planned to destroy"

BBC World Service, Joining the mosque I planned to destroy
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Rawdah Tales

Sacred Footsteps, Tales From The Rawdah: 8 Historical Narratives
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Net Addiction

Jakarta Post,

Put down that phone! Indonesians invent device to aid internet-addicted
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Social media firms may face 'negative content' fines in Indonesia

Al Jazeera, Social media firms may face 'negative content' fines in Indonesia
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Twitter 'censorship'

Afroze Fatima Zaidi, The Canary, Journalists accuse Twitter of ‘censorship’ as it suspends multiple news accounts from Palestine and Lebanon
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Joker Protests

Harmeet Kaur, CNN, In protests around the world, one image stands out: The Joker
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Jihadism 101

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Pundicity, Jihadism 101: 'The Neglected Duty'

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Yemen War Victims

Emily Mee, Sky News, Yemen's civil war has killed more than 100,000 people
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Recording war crimes

BBC Persian, Syria conflict: The 'war crimes' caught in brutal phone footage
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'IS' 'Caliph'

Mina al-Lami, BBC Monitoring, Analysis: What do we know about the new Islamic State leader?
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Arabic Language Thread

Tweeting Historians have an interesting thread on Arabic language … Discover More…

Aceh Punishment

Guardian, Indonesian man flogged after breaking adultery law he helped draw up
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'Instagram Slave Traders'

BBC News Arabic, Kuwait moves on Instagram slave traders after BBC investigation
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AI Virtual Ifta Initiative

The 'Virtual Ifta' service launched in Dubai. I've collected some of the coverage, and made a few observations. I took a quick look, but didn't try the WhatsApp element. Android/Apple apps are planned for this service, which is still in the early stages, which will improve ease of use. Question options are restricted at the moment. At this point, it is very much in launch mode. I will continue to monitor developments. Discover More…

Black Muslim History

Amaliah, 13 Resources and Initiatives on Black Muslim History– From the UK to USA Discover More…

Iraq Protests (updated)

Iraq protests - selected links and information Discover More…

AAR on Studying Religion

Elin Johnson, American Academy of Religion, Inside Higher Ed, Understanding, Not Endorsement Discover More…

Lebanon Satire

al Jazeera, Comedy, satire and the Lebanese protest movement Discover More…
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