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Gary R. Bunt

Online Seminar

Gary R. Bunt, 'The Allah Algorithm: Islamic Influencers over Time, Space and the Internet'. garybunt_020620_presentation
Live from my living room, as part of UWTSD's Research Seminar Series on Religion, I'll be presenting at Tuesday 2nd June at 4.00 p.m. (UK time) 'The Allah Algorithm: Islamic Influencers over Time, Space and the Internet'. This is based on work in progress. It'll include some reflections on the COVID-19 situation and its impact on online discourse. The session will last for an hour or so.Access is via Teams. DM me if you require a link.

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Updated: #BLM Protests

Coverage relating to ongoing #BLM protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Discover More…

COVID-19: Updated

COVID-19 coverage/issues relating specifically to Muslims and the internet: this section of the blog is now effectively a timeline of key concerns associated with COVID-19, which I will be unpacking in future writing Discover More…

MBS KSA

Al Bawaba, 'Mr. Bone Saw' Online Comment Lands Another Saudi Twitter Activist in Jail Discover More…

Indonesia 'Honour Killing'

Social media discussing this case … Discover More…

Kuwait Influencer

The New Arab, 'You're hired to serve us': Kuwaiti influencer launches vile attack on Egyptians Discover More…

'Faith healing'

Faith healing issues in Algeria erupt online Discover More…

LGBTQIA Issues Morocco

The New Arab, Morocco's LGBT community lives in fear after gay men outed in homophobic online campaign
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'Halal wrist'

Basketball and bismillah Discover More…

Qur'an and Radicalisation

Just found this interesting research from 2018 Discover More…

British Muslim TV

In the spotlight after some unfortunate broadcasting errors...

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IS Horizon Foundation

IS Horizon Foundation publication released Discover More…

Online resources for MENA studies

Online resources for MENA studies Discover More…

Arabic Machine Learning

The National, Lost in translation: Why machine learning finds Arabic challenging Discover More…

Hezbollah

Hezbollah video surfaces Discover More…

Ramadan 2020: Updated

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With Virtual Iftars now a reality, I tracked specific issues of online engagement and Ramadan during the Coronavirus crisis. Discover More…

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak! Photo: Gary R. Bunt Discover More…

Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences

The Muslim Vibe, Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences.
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Nostalgia

Who remembers the Apple III?

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Al-Qaeda video

Commentary from Elisabeth Kendall on the new al-Qaeda video

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Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World

Heidi Campbell (ed), Religion in Quarantine: The Future of Religion in a Post-Pandemic World, (OakTrust, 2020) new e-book released on COVID-19 and religion, with a section on Muslim responses. It includes a chapter on Practising Islam in the COVID-19 age. Discover More…

Poetry thread

Here's an interesting couple of threads on Sufism, and in particular the de-Islamization of poetry in (some) 'western' translations and their appropriation online. Discover More…

IT/'IS'/Wales

Wales Online, Boss of Cardiff company jailed for seven years in Spain for funding Isis
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Pakistan net influences

Pakistan Observer, Ulema can play active role in promotion of inter-sect harmony

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Media representation issues

The Shabab, Tablighi Guidebook ‘Fazail-E-Amaal’ Shown As ‘Jihadi Literature’ In Amazon Prime Web Series Pataal Lok


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Syrian Jihadi Groups

Al-Monitor, The not-so-sacred profit bonanza of Syria's jihadi groups
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Media Balance

Transgender reporting issues Discover More…

FGM Sudan

Sudan FGM ban Discover More…

Pakistan Murder Case

Online footage leads to murder in Pakistan … Discover More…

Sheikha Minira Abdou

Farah Ibrahim, Scene Arabia, Her Voice Wasn't 'Aware: Meet Sheikha Minira Abdou, Egypt's First Radio Qur'an Reciter Excellent article
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