Virtually Islamic Blog

Researching Islam, Muslims and the Internet

'Fake News', WhatsApp and India

Wired, How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India
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Online Gambling Punished in Aceh

AFP/NDTV, Indonesia's Aceh Whips Men For Sharia-Banned Gambling, 11 Dec 2018
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'The looting of Aleppo'

Diana Darke, Middle East Eye, The looting of Aleppo: ‘We’re living in medieval times’ opinion/analysis
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Mosque Plan = 'Fake News'

Rhyl Journal, Mosque plan for Prestatyn branded fake news, 14 Dec 2018
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Gille Kepel's Analysis

Gavin Mortimer, Spectator, The link between the gilet jaunes and the Strasbourg attack, 13 Dec 2018
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Russia detains 7 alleged IS, Al-Nusra supporters

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Seven Detained In Russia For Allegedly Supporting Islamic State, Al-Nusra Front, 13 Dec 2018
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Islamic Art approaches

New approaches to studying and writing about Islamic art: Read More…

Football

A couple of interesting links to football content (from the Middle Eastern perspective) Read More…

Iran Social Media Activist Dies on Hunger Strike

BBC News, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri: Jailed Iran activist dies on hunger strike
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Assessing Outcomes of Online Campaigns Countering Violent Extremism

Todd C. Helmus, Kurt Klein, Rand, Assessing Outcomes of Online Campaigns Countering Violent Extremism
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How Islamic is "Islamic Studies"?

YouTube, How Islamic is "Islamic Studies"? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Distinguished Lecture
I haven't seen this in fully yet.
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Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media

European Eye on Radicalization, P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking. Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media
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Malaysia Fashion

Star, Made By Malaysia, Loved By The World, 10 Dec 2018
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'Islamophobic' Database under Scrutiny

Middle East Eye, World-Check 'terrorism' database cites 'Islamophobic' sources in Muslim profiles, 10 Dec 2018 Read More…

Jihadology

Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, Don't Shut Down the Internet's Biggest Jihadi Archive, 10 Dec 2018 Read More…

Egypt Apple Issues

Venture Beat, Egypt threatens Apple with legal action over anti-competitive pricing
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Russia Maps Error

"A Russian online mapping company was trying to obscure foreign military bases. But in doing so, it accidentally confirmed their locations—many of which were secret. "

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