Sunday, April 15, 2018

Approaches to Digital Religious Studies

Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR),'Approaches to Digital Religious Studies' with Prof. Gary R. Bunt (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), 16 Apr 2018 "This presentation explores the approaches towards analysing researching religions in cyberspace, based on two decades of experience in analyzing, researching and writing about Islam and Muslims on the Internet. The field is virtual, but has a real-world impact on many levels, with increasing implications for Muslims in local and global contexts. As such, it has become an important subject for academic study. Specific and innovative methodological approaches are required, and these continue to evolve in response to changing issues and technological shifts. The presentation will reflect on experience to date, and consider ways in which digital content can be integrated into academic discourse, drawing upon approaches which are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature."

"Taqiyya": How An Obscure Islamic Concept Became An Obsession Of Anti-Muslim Activists

buzzfeed, "Taqiyya": How An Obscure Islamic Concept Became An Obsession Of Anti-Muslim Activists "I mean, 99.99% of Muslims don't even understand what taqiyya is, but every alt-right Twitter troll is an expert on Islamic theology now."

Indonesia

wsj, Indonesia’s Islamic Floggings Will Move Indoors Where Kids Can’t See and to stop viral videos

Islamic authority in Kurdistan issues fatwa against cryptocurrency

Rudaw, Islamic authority in Kurdistan issues fatwa against cryptocurrency "The KRG’s Supreme Fatwa Board has ruled against dealing in OneCoin, a type of cryptocurrency, most notably because of unknown sources dealing with it."

Digitising in Dubai

The National, Juma Al Majid’s quest for universal knowledge brings the world’s treasures online "Based in Deira, Dubai, the centre is situated close to the airport. Planes buzz low overhead, casting large shadows on the ground. In the digitisation room, copiers are at work at 11 desks, aiming for a target of 2,000 pages a day. Klieg lights illuminate each glass-topped machine, while workers take and return books from the wheeled carts next to them. The room, though stuffy with the heat of bodies and activity, hums with purpose."

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Dreaming in Za'atari : Stories after Syria


Virtual reality tour of Za'atari.

'Salafis' in Germany

Deutsche Welle, Number of Salafists in Germany has doubled in past five years, 4 April 2018 "The number of individuals in Germany recognized as adherents of Salafism has reached a new all-time high, the interior ministry said. The growth is particularly fast in Germany's smallest states."

IS loyalty pledge

Reuters, Islamic State militants renew loyalty pledge to 'caliph' Baghdadi, 4 Apr 2018

"Malaysia can be Islamic fintech leader"

Malay Mail, Malaysia can be Islamic fintech leader, says Fitch Group unit, 5 Apr 2018

Israeli websites hacked

Alaraby, Hacked Israeli websites declare ‘Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine’ "Numerous homepages of Israeli schools, hospitals and municipalities displayed pictures of Friday's protests in Gaza, emblazoned with "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine" and accompanied by muezzin chants, after being hacked by cyber group Anonymous on Tuesday evening."

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New and Noted: Digital Middle East

Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age, Edited by Mohamed Zayani (Hurst) "Digital Middle East sheds a critical light on the continuing changes closely intertwined with the adoption of information and communication technologies in the region. Drawing on case studies from throughout the Middle East, the contributors explore how these digital transformations are playing out in the social, cultural, political, and economic spheres, exposing the various disjunctions and discordances that have marked the advent of the digital Middle East."

The Male Chaperones of Muslim Dating Apps

Hussein Kesvani, The Male Chaperones of Muslim Dating Apps discusses Muzmatch, which I refer to in my next book

"How resilient is the Islamic State's digital operation in 2018?"

Twitter thread from Raphael Gluck, who asks "How resilient is the Islamic State's digital operation in 2018?"

The Ghosts of Islamic State

Christoph Reuter, Spiegel, The Ghosts of Islamic State

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HuffPost, Why We Need A Muslim Women’s Day

 MuslimGirl, 3 Ways to Make a Difference on #MuslimWomensDay 

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Hyperlinked Sympathizers

Samantha Weirman & Audrey Alexander, Hyperlinked Sympathizers: URLs and the Islamic State, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

Friday, March 16, 2018

Grey's Anatomy's hijabi intern steals the show

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Stepfeed, Muslim character in Grey's Anatomy took off her hijab ... and people lost it "If you needed yet another reason to obsess over American series, Grey's Anatomy, then you'll be thrilled to know Dr. Dahlia Qadri, the show's first hijabi intern, stole hearts everywhere with one bold, daring move." And it received many positive responses on social media.