Tag: Muslims and Islam

India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

NEW DELHI — On Aug. 5, at 1:15 a.m., Asifa Mubeen was woken up by the sound of barking dogs as police officers began pouring into her yard. Her husband, Mubeen Shah, a wealthy Kashmiri merchant, stepped out onto their bedroom balcony in the night air. The officers shouted up that he was under arrest. […]

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2 Years Ago, They Fled Into Danger and Squalor. Myanmar Still Looks Worse.

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its […]

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Brazen Women. Scandalized Viewers. It’s ‘Sex and the City,’ Senegal Style.

DAKAR, Senegal — In the most controversial scene of “Mistress of a Married Man,” a hugely popular new television series in Senegal, the show’s protagonist, Marème, dons a daring magenta pantsuit and heads out for a date with a married man — but not before pointing below her belt. “This is mine,” she tells her […]

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Critic of China’s Detention Camps Is Free, but Silence May Be the Price

HONG KONG — An activist who drew attention to the plight of Muslims held in Chinese indoctrination camps has been freed after months of detention in Kazakhstan, but his lawyer refused to sign his plea deal, saying she believed he had been threatened into accepting it. The activist, Serikzhan Bilash, walked out of a courtroom […]

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Four Million Indians in One State Risk Being Denied Citizenship. Most Are Muslims.

NEW DELHI — More than four million people in India, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants as the government pushes a hard-line Hindu nationalist agenda that has challenged the country’s pluralist traditions and aims to redefine what it means to be Indian. The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam, a […]

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Debate Flares Over Afghanistan as Trump Considers Troop Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — President Trump met with top national security officials on Friday to review near-final plans for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, a prospect that has already prompted fierce political debate but could offer Mr. Trump a compelling talking point for his 2020 re-election campaign. The president and his advisers gathered at his golf club […]

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Norway Police Investigate Mosque Attack as Attempted ‘Act of Terrorism’

OSLO — The police in Norway said on Sunday that they were investigating a foiled attack at a mosque near Oslo as an attempted act of terrorism, after a white gunman in a helmet and body armor opened fire but was overpowered before injuring anyone. They also said that a young woman found dead in […]

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After Attack on Norway Mosque, Body Found at Home Tied to Assailant

OSLO — A worshiper thwarted an attack on a mosque Saturday by a young man wearing a helmet and body armor, according to Norwegian authorities and a witness. Hours later, police said they found a dead woman at a home linked to the assailant and they believed it was a relative. Police described the suspect […]

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Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints. People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry. A sense of coiled menace hung over […]

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Shooting in Norway Mosque Halted by Worshipers, Police Say

OSLO — One person has been injured in a shooting inside a mosque in Norway, police said on Saturday, adding that one man had been apprehended. The suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital was described as “a young white man” who appeared to have acted alone, the police added. The […]

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Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from across the globe on Friday began the annual pilgrimage to the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj — with the faithful walking in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad — one of Islam’s most holy rites. This year’s pilgrims included survivors and relatives of victims […]

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The Crackdown on Kashmir

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher India has guaranteed a degree of autonomy to the people of Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, since 1947. Why did India unilaterally erase that autonomy this week? [For an exclusive look at how […]

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Modi’s Majoritarian March to Kashmir

Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan have fought four wars since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, has been the battleground for competing, conflicting ideologies. For Pakistan, the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir was a critical missing piece in its positioning of itself as the South Asian Muslim homeland. For India, the state […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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India Faces Criticism Over Its Move to Revoke Kashmiri Autonomy

NEW DELHI — India-administered Kashmir remained in lockdown Tuesday and India faced mounting criticism, a day after New Delhi stripped the disputed territory of its autonomy. The prime minister of Pakistan, which claims part of Kashmir and has fought two wars with India over it, lashed out at his counterpart, Narendra Modi, accusing him of […]

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Conservatism Has a Violence Problem

Last year, 39 of the 50 killings committed by political extremists, according to the Anti-Defamation League, were carried out by white supremacists. Another eight were committed by killers with anti-government views. Over the past 10 years, right-wing extremists were responsible for more than 70 percent of extremist-related killings. “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat,” […]

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I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren’t So Different.

When a young Muslim man, self-radicalized online, kills in the name of Islamist ideology, we have no trouble calling him a terrorist and connecting him with groups like ISIS. When a young white man, similarly self-radicalized, kills in the name of racist ideology — even when he publishes a manifesto to that effect — we […]

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India Moves to Revoke Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government said on Monday that it was removing the special status that has existed for decades in Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement revoking Article 370 of the Constitution in the upper house of Parliament on Monday morning, as […]

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India Moves to Remove Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government moved on Monday to remove the special status that has been bestowed for decades on Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement in Parliament on Monday morning. Before the announcement, thousands of extra troops had already been deployed across […]

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