Category : Islam

Poetic Pilgrimage: Hip hop has the capacity to “galvanise the masses”

alt informationTheir love of music brought them together but it was their spirituality and a feeling of seeking that prompted them to convert to Islam

Worst countries for restrictions on religious freedom

alt informationSome of the worst countries for religious freedom are Burma, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Eritrea, Iran

Lejla Becar: The bulk-banning of bands in Bosnia

alt informationIndex on Censorship youth advisory board member Lejla Becar discusses the banning of music in Bosnia

#IndexDrawtheLine: How can we balance religious freedom and religious extremism?

alt informationReligious freedom and religious radicalism which leads to extremism has become an increasingly difficult balancing act in the digital age where presenting religious superiority through fear and “terror” is possible both locally and internationally at internet speeds. The ongoing series of beheading videos released by the Islamic State and the showcase of kidnapped school girls by Nigeria’s Boko […]

Boko Haram: “If it can happen in Nigeria, it can happen here in Pakistan”

alt informationMore than three weeks after the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from the northern Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram (BH), an Islamist militant group, the world is finally awake to the tragedy. Zofeen Ebrahim reports

Media must end its love affair with religious censors

alt informationA media that paints puritans and fanatics as mainstream forfeits its right to condemn them, writes Alex Gabriel

Islam and feminism: A battle of viewpoints

alt informationWomen of all religions can push for gender equality, writes Morgan Meaker.

Indonesia’s democracy is no guarantee to freedom of faith

alt informationIn the run up to this year's elections, Indonesia's politicians would have you believe that religious freedom is not a problem for the world's largest Muslim population country. Endy Bayuni reports

Pakistan’s religious kidnappings: Forced conversions and marriages

alt informationAn increase in kidnappings of Hindu girls who are then coerced to embrace Islam and forced to marry has raised concerns in Pakistan, Zofeen Ebrahim writes

Religion rules in Russia

alt informationFrom the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression

Opinion: Hate speech should be challenged not silenced

Tennessee Department of Justice Attorney William Killian has recently raised eyebrows for suggesting that anti-Muslim messages online could be prosecuted under federal laws. Sara Yasin questions if his approach will help anyone