Vol. 12    Issue 8   01 - 31 September 2017
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Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar: The World’s Largest Stateless People

Minaret Research Network

The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, estimated to number about a million, are the world’s largest state-less people. Most of them live in northern Rakhine. Myanmar does not recognise them as citizens though they have been living in the country for centuries. The Rohingya are at the receiving end of discrimination, demonization and persecution. The government has placed wide-ranging restrictions on their movement, access to employment, education, healthcare and even marriage. They are condemned to lead a life of squalor and extreme deprivation.    Read more



Minaret Research Network

Maldives, a tiny tropical nation in the Indian Ocean, comprises over 1,000 coral islands that are spread over 298 square kilometers. Thousands of tourists from around the world visit Maldives for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs. The current population of Maldives is 417,000. Male, the capital of Maldives, is one of the most densely populated cities, with a population of 133, 412.

Maldives is an upper middle income economy with a GDP (PPP) of $15,981, the highest among South Asian countries. The economy is based on tourism, which accounts for 28% of the GDP, fishing and export of coir fibre.    Read more

The female face of Islamic law in Malaysia

Women are feeling empowered to pursue careers in the Islamic justice system, from judges and lawyers to court mediators.

By Liz Gooch
Liz Gooch is a journalist covering Southeast Asia.

Kuala Lumpur - Sitting in a court library surrounded by Islamic law books, Nenney Shushaidah Binti Shamsuddin is polite and softly spoken as she describes the rigours of her job.  Read more



Zannah Mustafa, a Nigerian lawyer, has rescued over 100 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants three years ago

Since 2002 the northern part of Nigeria has been in the grip of reckless violence perpetrated by a militant movement called Boko Haram. In the Hausa language, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.” The basic goal of Boko Haram is to overthrow the Nigerian government and to establish an Islamic caliphate governed by Shariah. It considers any kind of association with the West, including modern education, Western culture and democracy, forbidden and unlawful.  Read more


They're demolishing Muslim stereotypes, a tweet at a time

By Himanshi Dhawani

Last week, a Hyderabad court acquitted 10 accused in the 2005 Hyderabad suicide bomber case. The blast had earlier been pinned on the Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI) of Bangladesh, but the police's special investigation team could not back its claims. While most newspapers and TV channels reported the news, the hardship suffered by the 10 Muslim men who languished for 12 years in prison, was largely buried. Twocircles.net, a non-profit community-run news site, highlighted the struggle that some of those arrested went through.  Read more

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