Monday, November 20, 2017

Understanding Islam...With Books

Publishers Weekly, Understanding Islam...With Books includes reference to my next book (out 2018)

IS-related investigation in Minnesota

Star Tribune, Father, hacker and jujitsu instructor among Minnesotans under investigation for ISIS ties Interesting in its discussion on ongoing investigations, which have an online element.

Terrorism, radicalisation and Islam: Michel Wieviorka in conversation with Marc Sageman

The Conversation, Terrorism, radicalisation and Islam: Michel Wieviorka in conversation with Marc Sageman one for the reading list

New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters

Crest Research, New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters "Existing data on Russian-speaking groups and individuals linked to the Islamic State is often inaccurate, according to CREST Researcher Cerwyn Moore and ESRC-funded PhD Student Mark Youngman. They have released a substantive report on Russian-speaking foreign fighters and Islamic State’s influence in the North Caucasus."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"That’s not a Hadith. That’s Tupac."

Rayana Khalaf, Stepfeed, This Muslim sheikh's tweets about frequent questions will crack you up - "That’s not a Hadith. That’s Tupac." "While Muslim clerics and preachers are often thought of as characteristically serious and stern, this Florida-based lecturer is all about humor, especially on social media."

Tweeting the Qur'an

While you might want to ignore some of the inevitable discussion associated with this Reddit post, the graphic is interesting for those of us studying digital Islamic issues. I haven't explored the maths on this. I discuss Twitter and the Qur'an in my next book:

idarwishman, Reddit, 96% of the Quran is now tweetable with the new 280 character limit (inspired by the tweetable Bible graph) [OC], 15 Nov 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message

New York Times, In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message "Now, under growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates, YouTube has drastically reduced its video archive of Mr. Awlaki, an American cleric who remains the leading English-language jihadist recruiter on the internet six years after he was killed by a United States drone strike. Using video fingerprinting technology, YouTube now flags his videos automatically and human reviewers block most of them before anyone sees them, company officials say." Widely available elsewhere, however.

Russian Bot

Metro, Man who shared image of Muslim ‘ignoring Westminster victims’ was a Russian bot

A Muslim YouTuber on the biggest misconception about her sex life

Independent, A Muslim YouTuber on the biggest misconception about her sex life "A London-based vlogger is debunking the myths surrounding Muslim women and dating."

Viral from Java

Friday, November 03, 2017

Opinion and Analysis: Saudi’s ‘Reforms’

Atlantic Council, Saudi’s ‘Reforms’: Interview with Dr. H.A. Hellyer "The Saudi Arabian Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, recently declared that the kingdom sought a ‘return’ to the ‘moderate Islam’ of pre-1979. The international media understandably paid a great deal of attention—but how significant is this? Martin Chulov, the Guardian’s Middle East Correspondent, asked our non-resident senior fellow, Dr HA Hellyer, some questions about it ..." 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Allegations: 'Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing'

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast, Exclusive: Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing "The social network says it’s committed to helping the world ‘share their stories.’ But when people from Burma’s oppressed minority post, their stories have a habit of disappearing."

#WeNeedToTalk campaign

alaraby, Egypt's #WeNeedToTalk campaign backfires as thousands condemn Sisi's countless human rights violations "Some used the hashtag to highlight the plight of thousands of young leaders detained for mere social and political activism, while others focused on the names of those killed by security forces for no apparent reason." The hashtag #WeNeedToTalk is here

Footage shows New York attack suspect

BBC News, Footage shows New York attack suspect, 31 Oct 2017

Online dating couple 'plotted bombing'

BBC News, Online dating couple 'plotted bombing', 30 Oct 2017 "After meeting on dating site singlemuslim.com, the pair "rapidly formed emotional attachment and a shared ideology", the prosecution said."