Virtually Islamic Blog

Researching Islam, Muslims and the Internet

Raed Fares

Middle East Eye, Prominent Syrian opposition activist Raed Fares shot dead in Idlib
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The Next Arab Uprising op-ed

Marwan Muasher, Opinion piece, Foreign Affairs, The Next Arab Uprising: The Collapse of Authoritarianism in the Middle East

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Uzbekistan 'reforms' in media

VOA, Uzbekistan Reforms: Is the Media a Bellwether?
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Uighur monitoring

Scoop, One Million Chinese Move Uninvited Into Uighur Homes
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Australia ISIS sentencing

The National, Australian court sentences ISIS supporter to 38 years in jail
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Dawn of the Code War

John P. Carlin, Inside the hunt for the world’s most dangerous terrorist, Politico Read More…

Panel on social media and information war in the Middle East

CFTNI, Social Media and Information War in the Middle East
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Fatwa against 'Battlegrounds'

BBC Monitoring, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: Imams divided over video game fatwa Read More…

Mawlid Celebration

UK procession to mark 'Mawlid' recorded on Facebook. Read More…

Mawlid Celebration

Omid Safi, OneBeing, The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet article from 2015, but relevant at the moment too.
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Russian Twitter trolls stoking anti-Islamic sentiment in Australia, experts warn

Guardian, Russian Twitter trolls stoking anti-Islamic sentiment in Australia, experts warn
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Matthew Hedges' Case

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Boko Haram brought terror to Niger. Can a defectors program bring peace?

Washington Post, Boko Haram brought terror to Niger. Can a defectors program bring peace? Read More…

Afghanistan bomb blast hits religious scholars

aljazeera.com, Suicide bombing at Kabul religious gathering kills dozens
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Malaysia Female Shariah judge

BBC News, 100 Women: The woman who decides if men can take a second wife
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Trump on Khashoggi case

Guardian, Trump 'stands with' Saudi Arabia and defends crown prince over Khashoggi
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Building Resilience to Extremism and Exploitation

I'm participating in the 'Building Resilience to Extremism and Exploitation' event in Cardiff on 28 November Read More…

Profile: America’s Last Line of Defense

Eli Saslow, Washington Post, ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America, 17 Nov 2018
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Report on Fake News +

Patrik Hermansson, Hope Not Hate, Bots, Fake News and the Anti-Muslim Message on Social Media Read More…

Research on search data

'Using Internet search data to examine the relationship between anti-Muslim and pro-ISIS sentiment in U.S. counties' research paper

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'The Cleaners' - film

The Inquirer, ‘Cyber cleaners’ in PH: A dirty job, but someone’s got to do it, 18 Nov 2018
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Haji Abdul Wahab

The News International, Death of Abdul Wahab widely condoled on social media
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China in Africa - analysis/opinion

Ismail Einashe, The National, China in Africa: an increasingly uneasy marriage of interests
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“Of Fathers and Sons” film

Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, “Of Fathers and Sons” — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria

What appears to be a depressing but essential piece of cinema (I have only viewed the trailer so far).

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

BBC Radio 4, Nusrat Was My Elvis.

Profile of the magnificent and unique Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, together with a few choices of my own.

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Turkey to use intercepted Saudi comms to demolish Khashoggi cover-up

Middle East Eye, Turkey to use intercepted Saudi comms to demolish Khashoggi cover-up


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