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CM21: Relations

Samia Rahman is perplexed by our complex network of relationships, Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka 'Annie'), Syed Nomanul Haq follows classical scholars seeking royal patronage, Piro Rexhepi crosses borders in the Balkans, Annalisa Mormile traces the roots of disunity in the EU family, Benedikt Koehler highlights how the Italian schola

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Bugged by Nationalism by Shanon Shah

Leaders everywhere seem to be catching a strange bug. For a fresh example, let’s turn our attention from the White House’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ to the one firing on all cylinders in Malaysia. On 18 February 2017, the opposition Islamic party, PAS, mustered a 20,000-50,000-strong rally – significant numbers in this country – supporting amendments to Act 355 of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

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My Kind of Snowflake by Muddasir Ramzan

This winter’s snowfall has given us hope that climate change is not yet terminal. In previous years we had dry winters, which greatly disrupted the seasons. It was after so many years that Chillai Kalan, a forty day period of harsh weather that continued until January, was in its real spirits. We witnessed what we used to hear about: the long tough winters of past years bringing many feet of snow.

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Many More Apologies are Owed to Canada's Muslim Community by Vicky Mochama

On Wednesday 1 February 2017, Joël Lightbound, Liberal MP for Louis-Hébert, apologized to the families of the six men murdered in Quebec and to the Muslim community in Canada.

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Modi and Trump - voting strongmen, voting hate by Zahir Janmohamed

One of the first text messages I received, minutes after Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, was from my Indian friend Gulrez in Los Angeles. In May 2014, when the self-styled Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi was elected India’s prime minister, Gulrez lived a few blocks away from me in Juhapura, a Muslim ghetto in the state of Gujarat, India.

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Aleppo's People are Being Slaughtered: Did we Learn Nothing from Srebrenica? by Nedzad Avdic

I was a teenager when I faced the worst of humanity. I remember our house burning to the ground and my family fleeing Srebrenica, hoping against hope for a chance to live. I remember the torture, and the smell of blood. I didn’t know it yet, but I was living through the worst genocide in Europe since the second world war. And afterwards, I remember the promises of “never again”.

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A Different City by Muddasir Ramzan

We are closely related to the Punjab culturally, ethnically, and linguistically. The noise of Punjabi music reverberates at high volumes here, whether it is in buses, festivals, weddings and the like. The region is predominantly Hindu although there are Muslims, Sikhs and some Christians communities too. The population is considered as being rather conservative. Despite being situated so close to Kashmir the region is culturally very different. The majority seem oblivious to the realities of the Kashmir conflict and are regarded by Kashmiris as being xenophobic.

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Yuna Shines in London by Laych Koh

You could not miss them - the young Muslim women with their turbans tied with chic sharpness, in the fashion of the songstress they were here to see. There was also plenty of tell-tale accents betraying the legion of Malaysians eager to see their compatriot. But the queue for Yuna’s sold out concert in London stood out for other reasons. That long line of people outside Scala was as diverse as London itself – from ‘hijabsters’ to hipsters, afros to silver haired folk.

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Lascars: Muslims at Sea by Hassan Mahamdallie

There are two complementary foundation texts for those interested in the history of black and Asian people in Britain. One is Peter Fryer’s Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain and the other is Rozina Visram’s Ayahs, Lascars and Princes: Indians in Britain, 1700-1947.

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Muslim Women's Olympic Style Games by Laych Koh

It was pretty clear from media headlines what the focus on fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was.‘Ibtihaj Muhammad set to become the first American to compete in a hijab at the Olympics.’ (Telegraph)‘Ibtihaj Muhammad makes US history, wears hijab in Olympics.’ (USA Today) Meet America’s F

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