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    Trump & Dawkins Confused Why White Supremacists Might Like Them

    The retweet (or “RT” in shorthand) is a funny thing. It can serve many purposes, some of which are contradictory: signal boosting, positive endorsement, an effort to draw negative attention to someone’s opinions, or simple agreement. The practice of retweeting can be so fraught with confusion, that some individuals choose to include a “RT =! Endorsement” disclaimer right in their Twitter bio. But…

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  • ReligionPhoto of Did Luis Suarez’s Biting Break His Fast?: A World Cup / Ramadan Update

    Did Luis Suarez’s Biting Break His Fast?: A World Cup / Ramadan Update

    It’s a World Cup Ramadan, the first one since the 1980s. It’s like a White Christmas? Kind of? Except Ramadan is more like Lent than Christmas. Never mind. Today marks the third day of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. This weekend, concerns over the Muslim World Cup players made their way across the internets. I happened across posts of the…

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  • ActivismPhoto of #TwitterTheocracy: How Anti-Blasphemy Laws Are Tools of Oppression

    #TwitterTheocracy: How Anti-Blasphemy Laws Are Tools of Oppression

    Recently, the case of Meriam Ibrahim made international headlines. The story was that she, a pregnant Christian woman married to a Christian, was being accused of apostasy and sentenced to death for it. Some but not all of the articles about it mentioned the most troubling fact about the case: she is not even a apostate in that she was a Muslim…

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  • ReligionPhoto of Unveiled: A Look Back on the Hijab

    Unveiled: A Look Back on the Hijab

    I, along with two other former Muslim women (Marwa Berro of Between a Veil and a Dark Place and Reem Abdel-Razek), recently spoke with Valerie Tarico about our experiences with the hijab. This is a cross-post of my interview with her. Tarico: How long did you wear hijab, and what did it mean to you at the time? Dadabhoy: I wore hijab for…

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  • ReligionPhoto of To Those Defending Alleged Marks & Spencer Religious Exemptions

    To Those Defending Alleged Marks & Spencer Religious Exemptions

    Edited to ensure clarity on the fact that the incident with an M&S cashier was an isolated incident rather than a reflection of M&S overall policy. As a former Muslim who has spent significant amounts of time in the Muslim-dominated parts of London, I have been following the recent Marks & Spencer kerfuffle with great interest. The short version is…

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  • FeaturedPhoto of Allah’s Little Ambassador: What Hijab Is & Isn’t

    Allah’s Little Ambassador: What Hijab Is & Isn’t

    A few weeks back, I gave a talk at the first Sexy Secular Conference in Akron, OH, with the title Virgins, Raisins, & Sexy Serving Boys: Decoding Female Sexuality in Islam. I had a lot of fun giving the talk and attending the con — shout-out to the organizers who put the it all together. Even disregarding the fact that it…

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  • ReligionPhoto of Dawkins Has It Pretty Good, Honey: An [Ex-]Muslima’s Perspective

    Dawkins Has It Pretty Good, Honey: An [Ex-]Muslima’s Perspective

    The first in my family to fly after September 11th, 2001 was my wheelchair-bound, arthritic grandmother. An international traveler of many years, she had carried the same pair of small, sturdy nail clippers in her purse for nearly two decades. They were duly confiscated. We laughed it off nervously. What else could we do? We didn’t laugh when we heard about…

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  • FeaturedPhoto of The Huffington Post’s Resident Conspiracy-Theorist Creationist

    The Huffington Post’s Resident Conspiracy-Theorist Creationist

    I’ve always had mixed feelings about The Huffington Post. They make money with notorious clickbait and yet don’t pay their non-staff writers. Their UK political editor is someone who, despite being an Oxford graduate and a journalist, chose his words rather poorly when speaking of non-Muslims, especially atheists (he did apologize for it). Steven Novella has written several times on the HuffPo’s promotion…

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