Taliban bisa belajar dari sistem madrasah di Indonesia untuk memperluas akses sekolah bagi perempuan di Afganistan

M Niaz Asadullah, University of Malaya Sejak Taliban kembali berkuasa, ada kecemasan dari berbagai pihak bahwa masyarakat Afganistan akan mengalami “Islamisasi” – termasuk sektor pendidikan. Banyak orang khawatir bahwa sekolah-sekolah akan ditutup atau perempuan tidak diizinkan bersekolah. Hal ini dapat … Continue reading Taliban bisa belajar dari sistem madrasah di Indonesia untuk memperluas akses sekolah bagi perempuan di Afganistan

How the world’s biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world

Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University After its return to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are again imposing their religious ideology, with restrictions on women’s rights and other repressive measures. They are presenting to the world an image of Islam that is intolerant and at odds with social changes. Islam, however, has multiple interpretations. A humanitarian interpretation, focusing on “rahmah,” loosely translated as love and compassion, has been emphasized by a group I have studied – Nahdlatul Ulama, which literally means “Reawakening of the Islamic Scholars.” Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, was founded in 1926 in reaction to the Saudi … Continue reading How the world’s biggest Islamic organization drives religious reform in Indonesia – and seeks to influence the Muslim world

Chile has a growing Muslim community

but few know about it Michael Vicente Perez, University of Memphis and Matthew Ingalls, American University in Dubai Nora is a rare sight at the Universidad de Chile. Dressed in a long abaya, or Islamic robe, that covers all but her hands and face, her outfit distinguishes her from other students on campus. In between classes, she’ll often seek a quiet, sheltered space to lay out a small carpet and pray. If one were to ask Nora, as we did, about her distinct appearance on campus, she would say she doesn’t mind. She’s content with her dress, her prayers and the … Continue reading Chile has a growing Muslim community

How social media amplifies hatred against Muslims

How social media – aided by bots – amplifies Islamophobia online Saif Shahin, American University In August 2021, a Facebook ad campaign criticizing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the United States’ first Muslim congresswomen, came under intense scrutiny. Critics charged that the ads linked the congresswomen with terrorism, and some faith leaders condemned the campaign as “Islamophobic” – that is, spreading fear of Islam and hatred against Muslims. This was hardly the first time the pair faced Islamophobic or racist abuse, especially on the internet. As a communications professor who studies the politics of race and identity online, I have seen … Continue reading How social media amplifies hatred against Muslims

The Dissembler

  This following Arabic fable is found in al-Qazwini’s classic Wonderous Creatures It is said that once a pious man heard about a community that worshipped a tree instead of Allah. He picked up an axe and went off, intent on chopping the tree down. Satan met him on the road in the form of an old man and said to him: “Where are you going, and what do you want.” The man replied: “I want to cut down the tree that people are worshipping instead of Allah.” Satan said: “What does this have to do with you? You left … Continue reading The Dissembler