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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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Should We Blame Islam for Terrorism? by David Shariatmadari

Since the Westminster attacks, many people seem to have been getting stuck on the following question, as they do after most acts of jihadi violence: “Is there something special about Islam? Something that lends itself to terrorism?”

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Integration-mad Muslims? by Shanon Shah

The second British Islam Conference (25-26 February 2017) discussed disability, domestic violence, interfaith relations, and the persecution of Ahmadis as well as the experiences of black Muslims, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Muslims, refugees, and other hard-hitting topics. Kicking off the conference was an inspiring keynote address from the acclaimed religious scholar and writer Karen Armstrong.

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Europe Wrote the Book on Demonising Refugees, Long Before Trump Read it by Piro Rexhepi

It has become an article of faith among liberals that Donald Trump is the world’s biggest enemy to refugees and Muslims, while the EU somehow offers them a safe harbour.

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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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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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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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