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A crackdown on Egypt's 'TikTok girls' highlights who really matters in the eyes of the law. But it also shows their power, or at least, their potential.

Indonesian politician Mohammad Suhaili Fadhil Thohir said the policy was purely for 'COVID-19 prevention' and not 'based on radical teachings or fanaticism'.

Sisi's crusade against women influencers reveals regime's deepest fears

Sam Hamad

Sisi's crusade against women influencers reveals regime's deepest fears

Comment: The Egyptian regime's crusade against Sama El-Masry and other female influencers is another shameless attempt to police women and their bodies, writes Sam Hamad.

'Quran-tine?': Coronavirus isolation led Austrian MMA fighter to Islam

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'Quran-tine?': Coronavirus isolation led Austrian MMA fighter to Islam

Wilhelm Ott announced his conversion to Islam in an Instagram post on Thursday.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The coronavirus has led to a stricter clampdown in the Middle East of social gatherings. Here are five stories you need to know about coronavirus in the Middle East today.

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Saudi runaway Rahaf Mohammed faces abuse over bikini photo

Rahaf, who lives in Canada, became the target of trolls after she posted a photo on social media wearing a bikini.

Mobashra Tazamal

As election cycle begins, Trump supersizes his favourite tactic

Comment: President Trump has made Islamophobia one of the defining features of his presidency, writes Mobashra Tazamal.

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Egypt upholds controversial niqab ban for Cairo University staff

An Egypt court made a final, non-appealable decision upholding a ban on teaching staff wearing the face veil at Cairo University.

Brotherhood: Oscar-nominated film on Tunisia's returned jihadists

Narjas Zatat

Brotherhood: Oscar-nominated film on Tunisia's returned jihadists

The short has collected 60 awards in 48 countries, including the 2018 Carthage Film Days’ Tanit d’Or and the Best Canadian Short Film at the ...

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Landmark Austrian coalition deal to include hijab ban

Austria's Greens will find some elements of the deal with their right-wing leader coalition partners hard to swallow.

A record number of Muslim MPs in UK parliament

Narjas Zatat

A record number of Muslim MPs in UK parliament

The new MPs in both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party come from a Muslim background, and a few Muslim MPs have kept their seats.

Local Tory chair told Muslim her hijab was ‘offensive’

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Local Tory chair told Muslim her hijab was ‘offensive’

A Muslim mother has spoken out on Facebook after a senior Conservative Party official reportedly told her that her headscarf is 'offensive'.

Saudi girl throws underwear at rapper in Riyadh Festival

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Saudi girl throws underwear at rapper in Riyadh Festival

A US rapper has come under fire from Saudis online after a bra was thrown at him during a performance in Riyadh.

The election merry-go-round: Labour anti-Semitism and Tory Islamophobia

Sam Hamad

The election merry-go-round: Labour anti-Semitism and Tory Islamophobia

Comment: Countering accusations of Islamophobia with others of anti-Semitism reduces the much-needed politics of anti-racism to the sleazy ...

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Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

A young Saudi concert goer was accused of 'disrupting social etiquette' after a viral video showed her dancing in the traditional black abaya robe and niqab face covering.

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UN racism expert slams Dutch niqab ban

A UN racism expert criticised a Dutch ban on the wearing of face-covering garments such as the niqab in public, saying the law had "no ...

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French Montana slammed for 'sexualising hijab' in album cover

In the album cover, the 34-year-old is seen seated in the middle of a group of women dressed in Niqab and knee-high red boots.

Sophia Akram

There's a reason why burqa bans just don't work

Comment: The Netherlands is the latest country in Europe to have banned face coverings in public places. But these far-right appeasing bans are ...

'Islamophobic' burqa ban comes into effect in the Netherlands

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'Islamophobic' burqa ban comes into effect in the Netherlands

After 14 years of debate, the 'burqa ban' introduced by far-right politician Geert Wilders will go into effect in the Netherlands.

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UK Police investigating homophobic attack on Pride

A woman veiled in a niqab caused outrage across the UK after she spewed homophobic abuse at Pride-goers in London.

Boris Johnson wins race to be UK prime minister

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Boris Johnson wins race to be UK prime minister

Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson, who has a history of bigoted comments, is set to be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

It's painful, but we have to take Boris seriously

Malia Bouattia

It's painful, but we have to take Boris seriously

Comment: Make no mistake, Boris Johnson is not the bumbling idiot he might seem. His toxic Islamophobia will take the UK to new depths, writes ...

Boris Johnson has a new superpower

Ruqaya Izzidien

Boris Johnson has a new superpower

Comment: For Johnson and his Islamophobic Tory party, bigotry has become something of a superpower, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

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