News and Analysis (9/3/18)

“Islam does provide for women’s rights, but enforcement is the problem” in South Africa. “How do you leave someone desolate when you know that person was an equal contributor to that marriage?”

An 11-year old student says the madrassa is “friendly and you can practice your religion freely. It’s just a normal school and teaches us about Islam and to respect other faiths so we can make friends. I am very excited about going to high school but I will be sorry to leave”:

At its 2017 world premiere the Berlin International Film Festival, the movie in  which “ex-inmates re-enacted their interrogations and discussed the humiliation they experienced during their detention … won the main documentary prize … and one of three audience awards”:

Blaming “the parties and in the international community’s lack of will or utter inability to bring about a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine,” Krahenbuhl said, “The attempt to make UNRWA somehow responsible for perpetuating the crisis is disingenuous at best”:

Forced into the role of spokeswoman for Islam, an 11-year old girl came to find changing minds fun, but she came to see impressing her “peers by existing as adequately human … as disheartening”:

Forgiving her attacker in court as he pleads guilty, a Muslim teen says, “In the end, because of you I felt so much pain and betrayal and hardships in my life. Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time”:

A punishment intended to humiliate rather than inflict pain on two women arrested for engaging lesbian sex in a car in a public square draws condemnation of human rights groups. “Lesbian sex is illegal for Muslims in Malaysia under Islamic laws, but not for the country’s … ethnic Chinese and Indians”:

There is no mention of a reward of 72 virgins to martyrs in the Qur’an. Farhana Qazi explains how the twisting of an obscure hadith demonstrates that “[w]ithout proper context, extremists [and, we would add, Islamophobes] will remain forever ignorant and merciless”:

“Media reports say British officials have been asking Japanese officials how they were able to avoid parts of earlier sanctions against Iran”:

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