Identity & Culture

What is it like being a Muslim in South Korea

After watching several Korean dramas, I was highly intrigued by South Korean culture and the idea of Korean Muslims seemed fascinating. Curious, I explored further and the findings were pleasantly surprising. The South Korean society consists of 0.3% Muslims and Islam was first introduced to the country in the 9th century! However it resurged only …

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The term Islamophobia was coined during the 1990s, referring neither to labour, as with anti-black racism, nor capital, as with antisemitism, but a global arena without a politics of its own. Islamophobia has not supplanted its racist predecessors, but energised them in a context where nation states seem unable to display political mastery against non-state forces, whether environmental, economic or civilisational.

From Xinjiang to Germany: how did Islamophobia become a global phenomenon?

The term Islamophobia was coined during the 1990s, referring neither to labour, as with anti-black racism, nor capital, as with antisemitism, but a global arena without a politics of its own. Islamophobia has not supplanted its racist predecessors, but energised them in a context where nation states seem unable to display political mastery against non-state forces, whether environmental, economic or civilisational.

Ratu Elika, 20, during an afternoon practice session, at the Al Fatah Islamic Boarding School in Temboro, a village in East Java, Indonesia, in November.

The ‘Niqab Squad’ Wants Women to Be Seen Differently

By Richard C. Paddock Photographs by Minzayar Oo Adopted from NyTImes TEMBORO, Indonesia — Only the rider’s eyes were visible from behind her black face veil. With a bow in her left hand and an arrow in her right, she cantered her horse toward a target, aimed quickly and let fly. The arrow struck home with a …

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How I came back to Islam

I’m a young college student living in America. I was born in a muslim family from the indian subcontinent, so naturally I had an Islamic upbringing. And I hate to say it… but I really hated Islam when I was a kid, but it was mostly my own fault. What I will say next is …

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My experiences of racism have put me off the Middle East

There’s a lot of denial that goes on when I tell people this. As a Muslim growing up in the West, it’s fair to see that my experience of Islam and Muslims has always been multicultural. Having been born and raised in the UK, and Asian culture not having a strong influence in my life, …

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Dear non-Black Muslims, stop hiding behind the Qur’an, the Sunnah and Bilal (Radhiallahu ‘anhu)

As-salam ‘alaykum. Yes, on top of being Black and a woman I am Muslim. Couldn’t get any better. Most of my family and friends are Black African Muslims so to me being Black and Muslim is the most common and normal thing in the world. When I went to the UK, however, I noticed that …

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The Journey to a New Beginning

Getting here was not easy, staying sane here is a challenge. Here, is this moment, this moment when I have achieved my goal of marriage. Here, is this country I so proudly called home in the past, Malaysia. Before I tell you my present struggles, let me share my journey. I had expressed my desire …

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