Virtually Islamic Blog

Gary R. Bunt

Halal Dating Advice

Halal dating advice on YouTube explained … Discover More…

KSA tech investments under scrutiny

Opinion piece: Anand Giridharadas, NYT, Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia Problem, 12 Oct 2018 "As Saudi Arabia establishes its new role as one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors, the risk grows that its investments will purchase silence. Companies that pride themselves on openness and freedom may find themselves unable to speak ill of one of their largest investors." Discover More…

Google Scholar issues

Benefits of Google scholar, and their implications Discover More…

M&S Hijab

Online discussions about the sale of hijabs in Marks & Spencer, as represented here on Twitter.


Jamal Khashoggi

Middle East Eye, Jamal Khashoggi: Amateur sleuths scour web for details of 15 Saudi men "Late on Tuesday night, pro-government Turkish outlets published the names and photos of 15 people they claim were involved in Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, setting off a frantic search among social media users for any publicly available information about the mysterious list."

Extensive coverage of this case on my twitter feed

Yes, I'm Hot in This.

ImamsOnline, One Muslim Woman’s Mission For Better Representation "One of the best ways that we as Muslims can improve our status in the media is to support people who present a more positive outlook of Islam in the West. One such person is a Muslim artist named Huda Fahmy, aka “Yes, I’m Hot in This“. The name is a play on the question that plagues many a hijabi, where non-Muslims will constantly ask us “Aren’t you hot in that?” and I love the way she takes ownership of who she is, and how she’s feeling."

Canadian social media IS captive

Muhammed Ali was active on IS social media:, ‘I just want to go back’: Canadian ISIS fighter captured in northern Syria speaks out

Can We Finally Stop Terrorists From Exploiting Social Media?

Kalev Leetaru,, Can We Finally Stop Terrorists From Exploiting Social Media?, 9 Oct 2018
" … for all their public discourse, the platforms have taken little concrete action, reflecting both the economic realities that they have little incentive to invest in content moderation and the real-world complication that deleting terrorist content requires understanding context, not blindly deleting any post with a given keyword."

Discounted 'Hashtag Islam'

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Follow Me, Akhi.

Forthcoming in 2019


Hussein Kesvani, Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims, Hurst & Co
"What does it mean to be Muslim in Britain today? If the media is anything to go by, it has something to do with mosques, community leaders, whether you wear a veil, and what your views on religious extremists are. But as all our lives become increasingly entwined with our online presence, British Muslims are taking to social media to carve their own narratives and tell their own stories, challenging stereotypes along the way."
Looking forward to seeing this.

Commercial break

Paperback/hardback versions of 'Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority' (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) are available from this week via Also available directly from the publisher, through all good bookstores and online retailers (with market variations in terms of release date).

IslambyTouch  provides Braille Qur'ans (Saheeh International Translation). The provision of accessible versions/translations is an interesting area in relation to the Qur'an underrepresented in current studies. Details: amaliah, It’s National Braille Week: Meet the Couple Making Islam Accessible to the Blind
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