Virtually Islamic Blog

Researching Islam, Muslims and the Internet

New IS media group

Tweet from Jihadoscope on new IS media group:

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Deradicalisation in the Netherlands

Liesbeth van der Heide, Bart Schuurman, Reintegrating Terrorists in the Netherlands: Evaluating the Dutch approach, Journal for Deradicalization
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Les Mis in Iran

AFP/i24News, Broadway hits Iran with unique take on 'Les Miserables', navigating religious taboos
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KSA Italian football

CNN, Italian Super Cup: Holding match in Saudi Arabia 'disgusting', 3 Jan 2019
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New book: 'A Critique of the Abrogation Theory'

My former student, Jasser Auda, has a new book out: Jasser Auda & Adil Salahi, A Critique of the Abrogation Theory in Islam (Goodreads page)
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KSA Viral Twitter Thread

Rose Troup Buchanan, Buzzfeed, This Viral Twitter Thread About The Fate Of A Young Saudi Arabian Couple Is Devastating
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Digital Religion

Gizmodo, How Ancient Religious Texts Went Digital
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Sudan Net Censorship

Reuters/Salaam Gateway, Sudan restricts social media access to counter protest movement, 2 Jan 2019
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IS hacks

Economic Times/IANS, Hackers hijacking dormant Twitter accounts to spread IS propaganda
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Digital Qur'an MSS Tweet

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De-radicalisation Resisted

BBC News, Oxford Street terror attack plotter 'resisted' de-radicalisation, 3 Jan 2019
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Rohingya Situation Page - Updated

I'm collecting Rohingya related stories here (many derived from my Twitter @garybunt). It forms an important element in relation to online activism, as well as being a human rights catastrophe. It's not possible to cover everything here, but over-time I intend to write about the digital dimensions of this issue.


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Calligraphy in Focus

Middle East Eye, Contemporary calligraphers bring ancient Arabic scripts back to life
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Conference on Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities

Cardiff University, Conference on Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities I'm giving a short paper at this event, on 21st January, 2019. My paper is entitled "The Net Imam Paradox: Contesting Leadership, Religious Authority and Representation in Cyberspace"
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British MPs seek access to detained Saudi activists amid torture claims

Guardian, British MPs seek access to detained Saudi activists amid torture claims, 2 Jan 2019
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'Patriot Act' banned

New York Times, Netflix Blocks Show in Saudi Arabia Critical of Saudi Prince (click through here to view the episode)
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Tor

Wired, Tor Is Easier Than Ever. Time to Give It a Try
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Yemen Hip-Hop Stopped

Reuters, Yemeni hip-hop dancers barred from dancing despite departure of al Qaeda
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Iran bans Instagram

Telegraph, Iran bans Instagram - where the president has 2 million followers 
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Pew Research findings

Pew Research Center, Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues
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Gaza Instagram Images

BBC News, The Instagrammer who wants to show a different side of Gaza
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Amos Oz profile

AP, I

srael bids farewell to author and peace advocate Amos Oz
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Rouzan al-Najjar: NYT profile on IDF Medic Murder

NY Times, An Israeli Soldier Killed a Medic in Gaza. We Investigated the Fatal Shot.
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