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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 31-August 13)

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August 7-August 13

How the ‘homophobic Muslim’ became a populist bogeyman, The Guardian 
Rightwing populists incorrectly describe the dangers of Muslim homophobia while disregarding their own homophobia.
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Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny,' The Guardian 
A comic in Britain describes how Islam affects his work.
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'Everyone in Syria is bad now', says UN war crimes prosecutor as she quits post, The Telegraph
Carla Del Ponte is leaving the three member UN committee, saying the panel ‘does absolutely nothing.’
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Online videos turned 'meek' Muslim convert into would-be Isil fighter who hated Britain, court hears, The Telegraph 
A British citizen is on trial, accused of attempting to join ISIL.
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A painting of Lady Liberty in hijab hangs in congressman’s office. Despite protests, he says it’ll stay, The Washington Post
A high schooler’s painting has created mild controversy among some conservative groups.
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Trump still has not condemned the Minnesota mosque bombing. Muslim leaders are waiting, The Washington Post 
The bombing in Bloomington has yet to elicit a response, or tweet, from the Trump administration.
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New Jersey Town Approves Mosque after $3.25M Settlement, AP News
Bernards Township had been sued by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and the Justice Department.
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'We hate the headscarf': can women find freedom in Tehran's female-only parks?, The Guardian
Women-only parks in Iranian cities have supporters and a variety of critics.
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How Israel prevented journalists from covering al-Aqsa, Al Jazeera
A number of journalists have claimed that Israeli police forces used unnecessary force and intimidation tactics in the Old City.
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Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century, Smithsonian Magazine 
From February 7 Muslim slaves were seen as a danger during the European settlement of the Americas.
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Why Pakistan is mourning loss of German nun Ruth Pfau, Al Jazeera
The German nun treated leprosy in Pakistan for over fifty years.
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A Big Win For Afghan Women's Wheelchair Hoopsters, NPR
August 1 The team won the fourth annual Bali Cup international tournament in decisive fashion.
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Trump is ignoring the Minnesota mosque bombing. We know why, The Guardian
Moustafa Bayoumi argues that the Trump administration desires to divide society. 
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Freed al Qaeda hostage says becoming Muslim helped him in ordeal, Reuters
After nearly six years as a hostage of the Al Qaeda group in Mali, South African tourist Stephen McGowan said he would keep the beard that brushes his chest when he bows to speak into the microphone.
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In Indonesia, Chinese Deity Is Covered in Sheet After Muslims Protest, New York Times
A 100-foot statue depicting a Chinese deity was covered with an enormous sheet this past weekend in East Java Province, Indonesia, after Muslims threatened to tear the colossus down amid mounting ethnic and religious tensions across the country.
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Documents Revea the Behind-the-Scenes Chaos of the Muslim Ban, The Intercept
At the end of the day on Friday, January 27, Donald Trump’s newly signed executive order banning travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries began circulating among officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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Southern Poverty Law Center
One hundred twenty anti-Sharia law bills have been introduced in 42 states since 2010. This year alone, 13 states have introduced an anti-Sharia law bill, with Texas and Arkansas enacting the legislation.
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Muslim woman awarded $85,000 after her hijab was forcibly removed by Long Beach police officer, LA Times
The city of Long Beach has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was pulled off by a male officer while she was in police custody.
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Bombings Of Mosques Are Acts Of Terrorism, Huffington Post
The perpetrators seek to intimidate the tens of thousands of Somali Muslims who attend mosques in the Minneapolis area.
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Green Line riders, trolley driver put themselves between woman in hijab and crazed screamer, Universal Hub
A man's haranguing of a young Muslim woman that started on the Green Line platform at Prudential Saturday ended on a trolley when several people stood up and put themselves between them, according to one of the participants in the incident.
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The silence of Trump: How US president gives tacit support to terror against Muslims, Middle East Eye
The White House is sending a clear message: it will not condemn violence against Muslim Americans.
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Why Donald Trump Needs Muslim Women, The Nation 
Identity politics and the desire to ‘save’ Muslim women is alive and well in the Trump era, according to the author.
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July 31-August 6

Special Collection: Salafism, Wahhabism, and the War on Terror, Muftah
Six articles providing a nuanced and non-essentialist analysis of Salafism and Wahhabism, alongside other facets of Islam and the War on Terror.
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Egyptian Islamic authority sets up fatwa kiosk in Cairo metro, The Guardian
Travellers passing through al-Shohada station are being offered chance to get advice from religious scholars inside booth.
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Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group, The Guardian
Comments posted on Norwegian ‘Fatherland first’ Facebook group call empty seats on bus ‘terrifying.’
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Life on the old Silk Road: the Uighurs of Kashgar – in pictures, The Guardian
Tensions have long been high over the Chinese government’s influence and continued crackdowns on the cultural identity of the Uighur ethnic group.
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Missing Syrian internet activist Bassel Khartabil executed in 2015, wife says, CNN
The Syrian government executed well-known internet activist Bassel Khartabil in 2015, Khartabil’s wife and Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
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Suicide bombers kill dozens during prayers at Afghan mosque, CNN
A pair of suicide bombers killed at least 29 people Tuesday night at a Shiite mosque in Herat, Afghanistan, a provincial spokesman said.
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If We Can't Criticize Islam, We Can't Reform It, Huffington Post
In order to bring about an Islamic Enlightenment, Islam must be opened to criticism.
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Islamic school seeks to steer sons of militants to new path, The Seattle Times
Khairul Ghazali runs a school in Indonesia where he tries to steer sons of Islamic militants away from radicalism.
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What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL?, Al Jazeera
As ISIL is being driven out of its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa faces an uncertain future.
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Saudi Arabia seeks to end US lawsuits over 9/11 attacks, Al Jazeera
Saudi Arabia claims plaintiffs cannot prove the kingdom supported those who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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'Historic day' as Jordanian parliament repeals rape law, Al Jazeera
A provision that allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims has been abolished by the parliament.
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Ancient artifacts seized in Jerusalem in Hobby Lobby antiquities case, CNN
Israeli police have arrested a number of antiquities dealers in Jerusalem for smuggling priceless artifacts, some of which had ended up in the hands of Hobby Lobby.
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Muslims in America. 50 Years Later: New Poll Shows Pride and Optimism in the Face of Bias, Religion Dispatches
A newly-released Pew poll reveals a Muslim America that has changed dramatically in the past five decades.
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U.S. Muslims More Accepting of Homosexuality Than White Evangelicals, NBC News
Fifty-two percent of American Muslims said homosexuality should be accepted, an increase of twenty-five percent in ten years.
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Man Threatens to Blow up Islamic Bookshop and 'Kill the Muslims' in London, The Independent
London witnesses another threat to its Muslim community. 
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The Sash Tying Japan to the West Bank: Palestinian Embroidery Inspires a Cultural Entrepreneur, Nippon
A Japanese women kick starts a business to produce obi sashes decorated with traditional Palestinian embroidery. 
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Globally, People Point to ISIS and Climate Change as Leading Security Threats, Pew Research Center
PEW Research Center fsurvey points to threat perception around ISIS, climate change. 
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The U.S. Government's Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader, The Atlantic
DHS’ CVE leader George Selim has resigned, possibly signalling the move from Countering Violent Extremism to Countering Islamic Extremism.
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The Muslim Americans Leading the Push to ‘Stand Up and Be Leaders’ in Politics, The Guardian
Indiana Congressman recommends more Muslim Americans run for political office.
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UN Report: Muslim Youth going to fight in Syria mostly not Motivated by Islam, Informed Comment
UN’s counterterrorism body finds little corwlation between religiosity, going to Syria to fight.  
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Muslims being 'erased' from Central African Republic, Al Jazeera
Amnesty says Muslims in CAR subjext to ethnixc cleansing. 
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Statue of Liberty as a Muslim? Painting in Rep. Lou Correa’s office sparks complaints, The Orange County Register
Right-wing group attacks congressman for the depiction of Statue of Liberty as a hijabi.
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Trump Signals Cuts to Unpopular “Countering Extremism” Programs, but Worse Could be Coming, The Intercept
Departure of CVE head George Selim may be followed by more bad news.
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FBI: 'Improvised explosive device' caused blast at Bloomington Islamic center, Star Tribune
FBI confirms explosive device used in Minnesota mosque attack. 
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Dearborn, Michigan: A divided city grappling with what it means to be Muslim and American, The Guardian
A Documentary interviewing Muslim Americans in Dearborn, Michigan in the aftermath of the election and an increase in Islamophobia.
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'White queers are really good at erasing us': the lives of LGBTQ Somali-Americans, The Guardian
Queer Somali-Americans grapple with homophobia, racism, and Islamophobia in America and share some of their stories here.
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