Vol. 11    Issue 09   16-30 September 2016
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Rising Islamophobic Hysteria in the Netherlands

Minaret Research Network

Racist and xenophobic sentiments have been deeply entrenched in the cultural consciousness of European societies for centuries. In the past couple of decades, racist ideologies, movements and sentiments have been reinforced and intensified by the writings of some extremist writers, intellectuals and journalists and the rise of far-right, anti-immigration political parties. Certain incidents, such as the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the 2004 Madrid train bombing and the 2005 terrorist attacks on London’s public transport system, have exacerbated racial and religious hatred in Europe. The terrorist attacks in Belgium, France and Germany in recent months have further escalated anti-immigrant and Islamophobic sentiments.

The unprecedented influx of over a million refugees and asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries into Europe in 2015 and 2016 has deepened fissures and cleavages in European societies and has contributed to the rising popularity of far-right, anti-immigration and neo-Nazi parties in several European countries. Thus France’s National Front, Germany’s Alternative for Germany, Golden Dawn in Greece, Freedom Party in Austria, Freedom Party in the Netherlands, Sweden Democrats and Jobbik in Hungary have become increasingly popular with the electorate.    Read more


National Identity, Laicite and Burkini Ban: France’s Dilemma

By Professor A. R. MOMIN

Burkini or burqini is a type of swimsuit for women that covers the whole body except the face, hands and feet. Designed by a Lebanese-born Australian designer Aheda Zanetti in 2004, the burkini is intended to be a modest bathing dress that complies with Muslim sensibilities. Zanetti says that some 40% of her customers are non-Muslim, including Jews, Christians, Mormons and Hindus. Burkinis designed by Zanetti are also used as a uniform by female beach lifeguards in Australia.

Burkini Ban in France

On 28 July 2016, the mayor of the seaside resort of Villeneuve-Loubet ordered a ban on burkinis on beaches on grounds of security, risk to public order and France’s secular ethos. Subsequently, at least 20 municipalities, mostly on the French Riviera, have imposed bans on burkinis. The ban order says that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism, that beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order, and that the infringement is punishable with a fine of €38”.    Read more

The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk

By Saira Asher BBC News

A collection presented at New York Fashion Week is the first time every model walked the event's runway wearing a hijab.

Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan's show was also one of the first by an Indonesian at the prestigious annual event.

At a time when what Muslim women choose to wear is causing intense debate, many are calling Hasibuan's move a historic moment in bringing the hijab into the mainstream.  Read more



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Go-getters in the ghettos: The bright side of France's migrant suburbs

By Henri Astier
BBC News, France

One of 15 children of West African parents, he remembers bunk beds gradually filling up the bedroom until the window could no longer be opened. New arrivals then had to sleep in the living room of their flat on the south-eastern fringes of Paris.  Read more


The Halal Guys Is a Business on a Roll, Growing from Food Cart to Restaurant Chain

For much of its 26-year history, the Halal Guys has been known for its value-priced Middle Eastern fare, as well as the half-hour waits at its food carts in Midtown Manhattan.  Read more


Shaykh Subhi al-Salih

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