News and Analysis (3/5/16)

“Turkish authorities have seized control of the country’s largest newspaper in a widening crackdown against supporters of the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan“:

In an attempt to “more clarifying conversations for those who want to help,” a Columbia University student offers suggestions to those who want to help Muslims fight back against demagogic political rhetoric, “as well a spike in hate crimes and alarming attacks”:

“The worrying aspect from an Islamic point of view is that neither of these persons is an Islamic scholar living in Ireland and therefore they are not eligible to give a fatwa to Muslims in Ireland because they live in Kuwait and don’t know the circumstances of Muslims in this country”:

This is not the first time that anti-terror legislation has been used to repress the speech of a minority Muslim. “Rights activists condemned [an earlier such] ruling as ‘extremely concerning'”:

In her 2014 series “Am I Modern Now?” and “We Are Not The Same,” the Malaysian immigrant to the US “borrowed styles from three famous Western modern artists … to demonstrate ‘how absurd it is to tell a Muslim woman that she is only modern if she adopts Western ideals'”:

There were “written complaints and some calls” opposed to the speaker, who says, “We have to overcome fear with love and we do that with knowledge because knowledge is light. Only light can overcome darkness. With love, we can obtain the highest in human existence”:

A “number of speakers who fed attendees tales of Muslims conquering Europe, infiltrating our schools, and ending Western civilization as we know it”:

“The Iranians held a sign asking for a U.N. representative to visit the camp. Clare Moseley of the Care4Calais British volunteer group said the protest was ‘a cry for help because they don’t know what else to do'”:

“In areas controlled by the group that calls itself Islamic State the penalty for speaking to the Western media is death by beheading, so it took courage and conviction for Mohammed to compile this diary of life in Raqqa, the capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate”:

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