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A painting showing the Prophet Muhammad raising his hands in prayer while standing on the Mountain of Light in Mecca. Siyer-i Nebi (Biography of the Prophet), Istanbul, Ottoman lands, 1595-96. Topkapı Palace Library, Istanbul, H. 1222, fol. 158v. Photograph by Hadiye Cangökçe.

Islamic paintings of the Prophet Muhammad are an important piece of history – here’s why art historians teach them

An art historian describes the two historical representations of Prophet Muhammad that led to a controversy at Hamline University.
Muslim participants of different backgrounds who participated in an audience study said they identify with Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, because she’s connected both to her ancestral culture and her American one. (Daniel McFadden/Marvel Studios 2022)

Why Ms. Marvel matters so much to Muslim, South Asian fans

Ms. Marvel represents a break from the ‘Muslim equals Middle Eastern’ portrayals popular in western media.
Students with the Muslim Consultative Network’s summer youth program gather on the steps of New York’s City Hall on Aug. 14, 2013, to speak out against Islamophobia. AP Photo/Richard Drew

Yes, Muslims are portrayed negatively in American media — 2 political scientists reviewed over 250,000 articles to find conclusive evidence

In examining media coverage of Muslims over a 21-year period, in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, scholars found that articles mentioning Muslims were far more negative than other faith groups.
Sri Lankan students march during a protest over the economic crisis outside the residence of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, April 24, 2022. AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Sri Lanka’s protests show a fragile unity – for now

The country has a long history of ethnic and religious conflict, but the worst economic crisis in decades has brought protesters together.
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas. Thomas Coex/AFP

Behind French election tweets, the far right is hidden in plain sight

While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
People hold signs during a demonstration against Islamophobia in Montréal in March 2017. The antiquated and erroneous Clash of Civilizations theory has harmed Muslims for almost 30 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Ukraine war shows it’s time to do away with the racist ‘Clash of Civilizations’ theory

Next year, the Clash of Civilizations theory will have done a terrible job explaining geopolitical forces for the past 30 years. Let’s throw it a retirement party.
People cross a destroyed bridge as they evacuate the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, during heavy shelling and bombing on March 5, 2022. Aris Messinis / AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian refugees are welcomed with open arms – not so with people fleeing other war-torn countries

The welcome mat for refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine stands in stark contrast to recent anti-immigrant policies targeting those from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Movements like the ‘freedom convoy’ in Canada use similar language and sentiments as those expressed by followers of former U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shown here in 2020 in New Delhi. AP Photo/Manish Swarup

A Twitter investigation reveals what the ‘freedom convoy,’ Islamophobes, incels and Hindu supremacists have in common

A study of global far-right movements and their hashtags on Twitter have revealed similarities that display a reliance on long-held myths, including the idea of a “golden age of freedom.”
There are many ongoing silences and erasures around anti-Muslim hate and violence in education systems. (Shutterstock)

Schools need to step up to address Islamophobia

Tackling Islamophobia as a form of racism even when Muslims aren’t visible is key.

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