Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

BBC News, 'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University - "Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence." Hopefully, we will be able to see a digitised version of this in due course. It's quite a find, and is generating discussion online.

Cardiff Isis terrorist reportedly killed in Syria air strike

walesonline.co.uk, Cardiff Isis terrorist reportedly killed in Syria air strike, 22 Jul 2015 "Experts are 'confident' the 21-year-old, who left Wales to join the terrorist group and appeared in a propaganda video, is dead"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WikiLeaks Cables Show a Saudi Obsession With Iran

NY Times, WikiLeaks Cables Show a Saudi Obsession With Iran

How to Defeat ISIS with Twitter Trolls

gizmodo.com, How to Defeat ISIS with Twitter Trolls  "New Jersey senator Cory Booker once noted that ISIS has “fancy memes” — so why shouldn’t we get some weaponized memes of our own? That’s what Kalev H. Leetaru believes. He’s a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and a council member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. And he’s written an article for Foreign Policy about how we could run a great psychological ops campaign against ISIS." Discuss ...

'Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security'

washingtonpost.com, Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security, 16 Jul 2015 "The social-media savvy of the militant group is raising difficult questions for many U.S. firms: how to preserve global platforms that offer forums for expression while preventing groups such as the Islamic State from exploiting those free-speech principles to advance their terrorist campaign."

Derby community leader: up to 12 extreme Islamic radicals in our city

Derby Telegraph, Derby community leader: up to 12 extreme Islamic radicals in our city "A LEADING member of Derby's Muslim community says he believes there are up to 12 extreme Islamic radicals in the city who he fears are using the internet to groom young people to go to Syria."

Islamic State Launches Internet Channel In Russian

eurasiareview.com, Islamic State Launches Internet Channel In Russian Directed At Post-Soviet States - OpEd

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#mecca_live


  

This is just some of the coverage/images associated with #mecca_live; I plan to write about this in due course (for my next book).
 
Independent, The Snapchat images that allowed the world to see the beauty of Mecca "Muslims were able to collaborate and share personal videos of Mecca using Snapchat's Live Story feature, which collects submitted clips and splices them together before releasing the best footage to all 100 million Snapchat users."

 aljazeera.com, Snapchat opens digital window on Mecca to millions, 14 Jul 2015 "Digital analytics site Topsy recorded more than one million mentions on Twitter alone, as Muslim users first lobbied Snapchat to feature the city and then reacted to the stream of content that flowed online once the hugely-popular, social media app agreed to do so."

Buzzfeed, Snapchat’s Live Stream Of Ramadan Prayers From Mecca Hailed For Its Portrayal Of Islam

Twitter, #mecca_live

Business Insider Indonesia,  Here are photos from Snapchat’s Mecca live story, which opened up Ramadan’s most vibrant city to the non-Muslim world

Turkey blocks access to pro-ISIS websites

Reuters/ara.tv, Turkey blocks access to pro-ISIS websites, 14 Jul 2015 "Turkey has blocked access to more than half a dozen Islamist news websites this week, prompting one group claiming allegiance to Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) to accuse Turkey of persecuting Muslims and warn of unspecified retaliation."