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Another former anti-Muslim Dutch politician becomes Muslim

By: Source: A second former PVV politician has converted to Islam, this time after having a change of heart while writing what was supposed to be a critical book. Joram van Klaveren, who left the PVV after leader Geert Wilders led an anti-Muslim chant in 2014 and formed his own party, told the NRC that his view on Islam changed while writing and that he has now formally converted. ‘If you believe in one god and that Mohammed was a prophet, alongside Jesus and Moses, then you are a Muslim,’ Van Klaveren, who has orthodox Protestant roots, told the paper. During his seven years as an MP for the anti-Muslim party, Van Klaveren was an outspoken critic of Islam,...

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Testing Islamophobia: Researchers go undercover as Muslims for a month

By: Irene Zempi, Imran Awan Source: The Conversation Britain is a nation of real diversity, tolerance and multicultural vibrancy. But for those who have suffered hate crime, it can be an alienating and terrifying place. Police figures have shown that hate crime surged in the UK in the weeks following the EU referendum vote, and still remains at significantly higher levels than a year ago. But two covert research experiments we undertook showed that even before the vote in favour of Brexit, animosity and hatred towards Muslims was considerable. In two independent research projects, we spent four weeks each living as “visible” Muslims. In 2015, Imran grew a beard, wore the jubba (male...

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South American Muslim communities: Muslims in Guyana

By: Ismail Eddegdag Source: MVSLIM Islam originated in present-day Saudi Arabia and therefore it is repeatedly mentioned in the same breath with the Middle East. However, religion has much more to it than only its geographical origins. Muslims are very diverse, in all kinds of ways. Guyana: a multi-ethnic country There are few regions that are more Christian than Latin America, but somewhere between Brazil and Venezuela there is a relatively small country where less than 60% of the population is Christian. The bulk of the remaining 40% is filled by Hindus and Muslims. This multi-ethnic country is named Guyana and is inhabited by just under a million people. Another remarkable thing about...

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