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Muslim Emoji, proposed by a German teenager

The emoji populating virtual reality reflect a increasing range of demographic, fashion, professional and ethnic identities, but one community is missing, and a German teenager is proposing that it be added: emojis for Muslim women and men. From a story in the New York Times:

Ms. [Rayouf] Alhumedhi, who was born in Saudi Arabia and now lives and attends high school in Berlin, began wearing a head scarf at 13. Although she has never been harassed for covering her hair, she […]

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“Relinquishment of Self”: The Citadel and a student’s hijab

A Muslim student admitted to the Citadel has requested to wear her hijab, but that request has been turned down, according to Religion News Service:

“Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model,” [Citadel president John] Rosa said in a statement Tuesday (May 10). “This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit.”

Rosa hopes the student will decide to attend. The statement has drawn criticism from […]

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How well do people know their Bible?

Still from YouTube Video “The Quran Experiment“; the woman is responding to a Bible verse that she believes is Quranic

In the Netherlands, two YouTube hosts decided to engage other Dutch citizens with quotes from the Bible, which they claimed were actually Quranic verses. The two men run a popular YouTube channel–Dit Is Normaal–where they posted the responses from people who believed that they were hearing Quran verses instead of Bible verses.

The Telegraph reported on the prank, noting that one of the […]

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Perspectives on politics versus faith and the myth of radicalization in terrorism coverage

Peace for Paris image by artist Jean Jullien

In his Loose canon column for the Guardian, Dr. Giles Fraser opines that the narrative of radicalization is a myth which helps us avoid our responsibility in creating the conditions which have led to terrorism committed by young, formerly secular, men.

From the op-ed:

We buy into the radicalisation hypothesis because we want evil to be mysterious and other; something that has nothing to do with us. We want to tell ourselves that we are secular and […]

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Taking the veil in France: Racism or secularism? Liberation or imprisonment?

The effects of French laws passed in 2004 and 2011 banning veils worn by Muslim women, as well as other public dress expressing religious views, seem to be snowballing in ways that are restrictive rather than freeing, and conducive to anti-Muslim action ranging from community enforcement and proposal of legislation:

Mainstream politicians continue to push for new measures to deny veiled women access to jobs, educational institutions and community life. They often say they are doing so for the benefit of […]

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