Tag: Muslims and Islam

At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

MEDAN, Indonesia — Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to “I’m a Little Teapot.” Her dimples are disarming. Her parents didn’t want their daughter to dance. They didn’t want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause. Last year, when she was 7, Ais squeezed onto a motorcycle […]

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Bus Near Saudi Holy City of Mecca Crashes, Killing 35 People

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash. The agency, quoting police in Saudi Arabia’s Medina province, said the crash happened around […]

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Morocco’s King Pardons Journalist Sentenced on Abortion Charge

Morocco’s king has pardoned Hajar Raissouni, a journalist sentenced to a year in prison last month for extramarital sex and an abortion she denied having, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. The case of Ms. Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged human rights activists who said she had been targeted for her […]

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He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then Shot Himself

YALA, Thailand — The Thai judge’s verdict was not guilty, five men spared the death penalty or life imprisonment. Then the judge reached into his robes, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the courtroom. In a 25-page manifesto that he read aloud to the courtroom on Oct. 4, Kanakorn Pianchana, a chief judge […]

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Kurds and Turks Once Got Along

In the days just before Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, for which the stated aim includes purging a Kurdish militia that has been allied with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, President Trump made a comment on the history of the two conflicting sides. He defined Kurds as Turkey’s “natural enemy,” […]

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Indonesia Security Chief Stabbed in Attack Linked to ISIS

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A married couple who appear to have been inspired by the Islamic State attacked Indonesia’s chief security minister, Wiranto, as he visited western Java on Thursday, the police said. Mr. Wiranto, 72, a former general who like many Indonesians uses one name, suffered two stab wounds to his stomach, said the national […]

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Anti-Muslim Group ACT for America to Host Gala at Mar-a-Lago

An anti-Muslim organization plans to host its annual gala at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., in November. ACT for America claims to be the nation’s largest grass-roots national security organization, and is considered the largest anti-Muslim group in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law […]

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Hard Times Have Pakistani Hindus Looking to India, Where Some Find Only Disappointment

JODHPUR, India — By the time an angry Muslim mob stormed the local Hindu school and ransacked an adjacent temple a few weeks ago, many members of Pakistan’s dwindling Hindu minority had already been wondering whether it was worth trying to stay in a country where they felt increasingly unsafe. In April, an angry mob […]

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Hundreds of Chained Men and Boys Are Rescued in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria — The Nigerian police have rescued more than 300 men and boys who were chained and starving in a building believed to be an Islamic school in the northern city of Kaduna, in what a police official on Friday described as a case involving human slavery. Many of the captives were children who […]

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Indonesia Has a Papua Problem

JAKARTA, Indonesia — In an ideal Indonesia, a Papuan man would live in Jakarta and become a civil servant. He would marry a Padang woman from western Indonesia. They would open a small restaurant and hire a young Sundanese woman. Their customers would be a mix of Javanese, Betawi and other ethnic groups. This was […]

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China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.

BEIJING — When Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited Beijing this summer, he hailed a new Silk Road bridging Asia and Europe. He welcomed big Chinese investments for his beleaguered economy. He gushed about China’s sovereignty. But Mr. Erdogan, who has stridently promoted Islamic values in his overwhelmingly Muslim country, was largely silent on the […]

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A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China

YINCHUAN, China — In China’s northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims. The authorities have destroyed domes and minarets on mosques, including one in a small village near Linxia, a city known as “Little Mecca.” Similar demolitions have been […]

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Indonesia’s President Halts Bill That Would Ban Sex Outside Marriage

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Sweeping legislation that would have criminalized sex between unmarried people, including gays and lesbians, was pushed back on Friday by Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, days before it had been expected to pass. The measure, aimed at overhauling Indonesia’s penal code, had appeared likely to win approval next Tuesday from the country’s outgoing […]

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War Made Her a Refugee. Now She’s ‘Home,’ in Amsterdam’s Counterculture.

This is the second dispatch from a project following a family of five who fled Syria in 2015 and are now rebuilding their lives spread across four European cities. Read more about the project here. In late June, Souad, 27, was looking for a spot to watch from as she wove through the crowd that […]

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A Professor’s Killing Sends a Chill Through a Campus in Pakistan

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan — Prof. Khalid Hameed’s devotion to teaching often led him to arrive early for work, and the day he was killed was no different. Professor Hameed, a senior English lecturer at Government Sadiq Egerton College in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, parked at about 8 a.m. on March 20, signed the staff room […]

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Toronto Raptors Introduce Branded Hijabs

The Toronto Raptors have introduced a new line of team-branded hijabs in an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures. The team partnered with Nike to design the hijabs — head coverings worn by some Muslim women — and unveiled them on Twitter, saying the athletic apparel was “inspired by those brave enough […]

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A Sound-and-Art Show Fills a Void for Muslims in Brooklyn

Nsenga Knight, a 38-year-old artist, recalls visiting the Brooklyn Historical Society archives after receiving a research grant, curious to explore what sort of material she could find about Muslims in Brooklyn. She didn’t find much of anything. “They’re missing a lot of stuff,” Ms. Knight, who was raised Muslim in the East Flatbush neighborhood, thought. […]

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