In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

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Oct13

Is modest fashion about modesty?

By: Nadda Osman Source: Middle East Eye We are coming to the end of September. The fashion houses, designers, models and bloggers who spent early autumn at the fashion weeks in Paris and New York, London and Milan, have almost packed up and gone. New collections have been shown and analysed, their offerings seeping into the industry, introducing new trends or building on existing ones. This year, the modest movement continued to exert its influence both on and off the catwalk, as show attendees found evermore creative ways to cover up. Modest fashion is a loosely defined look derived from the clothing and style worn by Muslim women. It’s a concept with no strict rules beyond the...

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Aug30

China is treating Islam like a mental illness

By: Sigal Samuel Source: The Atlantic One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates—most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority—have told reporters that over the course of an indoctrination process lasting several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, and recite Communist Party propaganda songs for hours each day. There are media reports of inmates being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden to Muslims, as well as reports of torture and death. The sheer scale of the internment camp...

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Aug18

A trade war between Turkey and the US over a pastor?

By: Robert Fisk Source: Independent  It needs a stroke of genius to soften the heart for poor old Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Those of us who have always believed that Erdogan is a bit off his rocker must still be appalled that a US president infinitely more cracked than the Turkish variety is trying to impoverish Nato’s second largest military ally. True, Erdogan locked up 50,000 Turks – including an American pastor, of whom more later – after the attempted coup against him two years ago, but hasn’t Egypt’s president/field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi broken this record by banging up 60,000 supposed Islamists in his own country’s prisons? And what about Haider al-Abadi’s mass hangings in Iraq?...

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