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In much of the media outside Iran, female protesters not wearing the headscarf have been highlighted as symbols of defiance. AP Photo/Middle East Images, File

The veil in Iran has been an enduring symbol of patriarchal norms – but its use has changed depending on who is in power

The veil as a symbol of oppression has once again moved to center stage in Iran, but it’s important to know about the history of veiling – and mandatory unveiling.
The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, speaking to media about the upcoming G20 Religion forum (R20). NU Online

The G20’s first religious summit includes India’s militant RSS – but that’s a good move to promote peace

Inviting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – notorious for its role in violent conflicts between Hindus and Muslims in India – could help kickstart a global movement of improved interfaith relations.
The growth of Islamic banks provides Muslims living in North America with options that reflect their beliefs. (Shutterstock)

Islamic finance provides an alternative to debt-based systems

Shariah law informs financial contracts and credit systems, and the growth of Islamic financing options provides an alternative to current debt-based banking systems.
People gather at a vigil pray and observe a moment of silence after an attack on author Salman Rushdie on Aug. 12, 2022, in Chautauqua, New York. AP Photo/Joshua Goodman

What is a fatwa? A religious studies professor explains

The attack on Salman Rushdie promptly led to speculation on whether the attacker had been influenced by the 1989 fatwa against the author. A scholar explains what a fatwa is, and isn’t.
Muslim refugees sit on the roof of an overcrowded coach railway train near New Delhi, trying to leave India after the 1947 Partition. AP Photo

5 books and films that tell the story of the trauma of the Partition of India and its aftermath

On the 75th anniversary of India’s partition, scholars from the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia write about their favorite book or film that best explains the trauma of a violent division.
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.
Several school districts across the country will close in observance of Eid, a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

Students lead more public schools to close for Islamic holidays

School districts throughout the nation are beginning to heed calls to give students and teachers a day off in observance of the Eid al Fitr, a major Islamic holiday held at the end of Ramadan.
Nuns from a group of Dalit Christians, or India’s lowest caste who converted to Christianity, protest in New Delhi. AP Photo/Gurinder Osan

Caste doesn’t just exist in India or in Hinduism – it is pervasive across many religions in South Asia and the diaspora

Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.
In recent years, the Chinese government has used scholarships to shape the views of Indonesian Muslim students on issues such as the mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China. (ANTARA FOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

How China is using scholarships to shape Indonesian Muslim students’ views

In recent years, the Chinese government has used scholarships to shape the views of Indonesian Muslim students on controversial issues such as the mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

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