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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (December 10)

[Photo by Nicholas Raymond via freestock.ca] [Photo by Nicholas Raymond via freestock.ca]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.]

Human Rights 

Angola accused of 'banning' Islam as mosques closed Human rights activists condemn crackdown though officials in largely Catholic nation insist reports of ban are exaggerated

Flaws in the “Women’s Rights in the Arab World” poll Mohammad El Dahshan questions the methodology of the recent Thomson-Reuters poll on women’s rights in the Arab world.   

Piety and Practice

'Mipsterz' 'Somewhere In America' Video Showcases Muslim Hipster Swag; Sparks A Passionate Discussion

Somewhere on the Internet, Muslim Women are being Shamed
Rabia Chowdry responds to the backlash against Mipsterz ‘Somewhere In America’       

Afghans donate blood for Ashura Martin Vennard reports that according to the Afghan government, around 1,200 Shia Muslims have donated blood instead of flagellating themselves during religious ceremonies for Ashura.

Muslim minorities

Single Muslim Hipster Seeking Same? You May Be In Luck. The new website HipsterShaadi is traditional Muslim matchmaking for an untraditional crowd.

In Gujarat, Anti-Muslim Legacy Of 2002 Riots Still Looms Zahir Janmohamed reports on Hindu-Muslim relations in Gujrat eleven years after the deadly riots.

Why can't Spiderman convert to Islam? The appearance of a Muslim character in a comic book is being celebrated, but she is not going to end Islamophobia.

What do you mean BACK HOME??? Dr Mufti Abur Rahman ibn Yusuf scolds second and third-generation British Muslims for referring to India and Pakistan as “home.”

Forum on Islam sparks heated debate at Orland Park Library What a southwest Chicago suburban library had promoted as an educational forum on Muslim life in America quickly turned into a contentious debate about Islam.

Teen Poet Sparks New Debate on Islam in Denmark Yahya Hassan, son of Palestinian immigrants to Denmark  is now creating his own brand of controversy in Islamic circles and elsewhere with a new book of poetry that was published in Denmark last month.

Comedy Documentary Showcases Muslim Diversity The Muslims are Coming!, a group of Muslim comedians travelled around the US to deliver stand-up comedy for free and filmed the experience. Amal Awwad reviews the documentary.

Minorities in Muslim contexts

Egypt: Church threatens to reject constitution Coptic church threatens to reject constitution articles over term 'People of the Book'

The Myth of the Shi’a Crescent Laurence Louër explains how religious solidarity is an unlikely channel of Iranian influence for a host of reasons.

Political Islam

Iran to ban morality police from targeting women
President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country's morality police to stop arresting women considered to be in defiance of a strict dress code.

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria Ali Sadreddine Al-Bayanouni speaks with The Majalla about the Syrian crisis, the role Islamist groups are playing on the ground, and his hopes for his country after the revolution.            

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