Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Tawaf on Segway board: Opinions differ on whether it is Islamic

arabnews.com, Tawaf on Segway board: Opinions differ on whether it is Islamic, 1 Sep 2015 "A short video showing a pilgrim, draped in the two pieces of seamless cloth called ihram, circumambulating the Kaaba in Makkah using a Segway board, has gone viral on social media." This is an interesting issue in relation to technology and pilgrimage.

Investing in Islamic Clothing

OnIslam, Investing in Islamic Clothing: Calyx Fashion, 31 Aug 2015 "The internet makes it possible for start-up companies focused on capturing a part of the global Muslim market to emerge, and an ever increasing number of companies are attempting to make their mark in the fashion industry; including Calyx Fashion."

ISIS, UN satellites confirm destruction temple of Bel

ANSAMed.it, ISIS, UN satellites confirm destruction temple of Bel , 1 Sep 2015

Twitter mocks ISIS by depicting militants singing karaoke

Mail Online, Twitter mocks ISIS by depicting militants singing karaoke, 31 Aug 2015 "Islamic State jihadis are being lampooned by a new Twitter account which shows the extremists as they would appear singing karaoke pop songs."

Islamic State recruiting older teens, college students

myfoxboston.com, Islamic State recruiting older teens, college students, 29 Aug 2015 "College students are heading back to the dorms and lecture halls. They are adjusting to life away from home and finding a new identity for themselves. While it may seem far-fetched, for some that makes them the perfect target for something sinister and it's happening more than you think. FOX25 investigates the way ISIS is recruiting on campus."

"Isis releases graphic video showing four men burning alive in 'act of vengeance'"

Independent, Isis releases graphic video showing four men burning alive in 'act of vengeance', 31 Aug 2015 "Issued by the militant group’s media arm and claiming to be filmed in Anbar province, the footage shows four men apparently from Iraq’s popular resistance forces (militia), “confessing” individually to the camera." Also see Mail Online, Chained upside down and burned alive This relates to the following story: IBT, Isis in Iraq: 'Iraqi Rambo' Abu Azrael filmed slicing Islamic State fighter with sword like 'kebab', 29 Aug 2015 "The video has been met with a mixed response online, with some people furious that Azrael and the Iraqi militia have sunk to the same lows as Isis by filming gruesome videos. According to the Daily Mail, Ali Khedery, chief executive of risk management firm Dragoman Partners, wrote: "War crimes are never justifiable. Horrific video featuring a war crime by Iraq's Abu Azrael.""

IS

Guardian, No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers, 31 Aug 2015 "For almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad. He was known among his bosses inside Islamic State as “the planner” – the man responsible for dispatching suicide bombers to attack mosques, universities, checkpoints and market places across the Iraqi capital."

Friday, August 28, 2015

@UKAgainstISIL

digitaljournal.com, The British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS, 28 Aug 2015 "Following more recent threats against the United States and Europe, the British government has begun using Twitter in an attempt to thwart any potential attempt made by the well-funded terror organisation to inflict chaos on to the streets of Britain." See @UKAgainstISIL

The pen-seller of Beirut

BBC News, The pen-seller of Beirut, 28 Aug 2015 "The man is Abdul Halim Attar, a Palestinian refugee from Yarmouk in Syria, and his daughter is called Reem. We know this because an Icelandic man, Gissur Simonarson, tracked him down."

Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive

Guardian, Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive, 28 Aug 2015 "Academics lambast London institution’s refusal to host documents in unmatched digital cache"

Women use confessions app to reveal what wearing a hijab is really like

Independent, Women use confessions app to reveal what wearing a hijab is really like " ... some women revealed the secret perks of wearing a hijab: “I get away with listening to music during class because no one can see my headphones under my hijab. Rock and roll.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

Rukmini Callimachi, nytimes.com, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape, 13 Aug 2015 "Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool."

'The Bin Laden Tapes'

The Bin Laden Tapes - BBC Radio 4

This links to the broadcast page, which made for fascinating listening.  There is a related article here: BBC News, What was in Osama Bin Laden's tape collection?, 17 August 2015  The programme interviewed Flagg Miller, the writer of The Audacious Ascetic: What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal About Al-Qa'ida (Hurst).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Islamic State hit list prompts 'lone wolf' warning

ABC, Islamic State hit list prompts 'lone wolf' warning, 13 Aug 2015 "Deakin University Professor Greg Barton, an expert in global Islamic politics, said the group had used "amateurish" hacking techniques to target "low-hanging fruit", but the use of the information was worrying."

The Register, Doubts cast on Islamic State's so-called leak of US .mil, .gov passwords, 13 Aug 2015, "The self-titled "Islamic State Hacking Divison [sic]" claimed responsibility for the alleged leak on Twitter, and its account was deleted in the past few hours. The data appeared on Tuesday, on a compromised Wordpress-powered website that has languished unused since February this year."

'Jihadi dubbed 'Mrs Terror' who joined ISIS is 'back in Britain''

Daily Mail, Jihadi dubbed 'Mrs Terror' who joined ISIS is 'back in Britain', 14 Aug 2015

'NY man gets 16-year sentence for trying to support jihadists'

alarabiya.net, NY man gets 16-year sentence for trying to support jihadists, 14 Aug 2015 " Agron Hasbajrami, 31, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to 16 years in prison under a plea deal that allows for his guilty plea to be vacated if a federal appeals court decides to suppress evidence from warrantless surveillance used in a National Security Agency's secret surveillance program."

Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

alarabiya.net, Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief, 13 Aug 2015 "Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to the new Afghan Taliban chief in an audio message posted online."

'The propaganda war'

economist.com, The propaganda war, 15 Aug 2015 "The gangland context within which IS operates, whether in Iraq, Syria, Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula or in Sirte, Libya, where the group has staked territory, is partly what explains its adherents’ immunity to persuasion. Traditional Islamic religious figures, and even jihadist preachers who are seen as not radical enough, have no authority over a group that believes most Muslims have strayed from the true path."

Saudi tourists’ behavior stirs social media storm

alarabiya.net, Saudi tourists’ behavior stirs social media storm "Tourists from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are the target of harsh criticisms on social media after photographs showing them cooking, littering and smoking shisha in public parks in countries they were visiting were posted online."

Saudi female football fans at UK match create social media buzz

al-arabiya, Saudi female football fans at UK match create social media buzz, 13 Aug 2015 "The rare sight of Saudi women football fans at a London stadium match between the kingdom’s supercup rivals al-Hilal and al-Nasr on Wednesday caused a buzz on social media."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Exclusive: IS Bombers In UK Ready To Attack

Sky News, Exclusive: IS Bombers In UK Ready To Attack "Islamic State is now focused on urging British would-be recruits to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in the UK instead of travelling to fight in Syria, Sky News has learned."

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Farkhunda: The making of a martyr

BBC News, Farkhunda: The making of a marty, 11 Aug 2015 "Farkhunda's story highlights, among other things, a pervasive atmosphere of misogyny in Afghan society. And although the response to her death showed that there are some in Afghanistan who want change, activists say real change could take at least a generation."