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Islam is a religion predominant in the Middle East and some parts of Asia and Africa. It centers around a belief that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah (God). Use for questions regarding Islam in politics, and/or Sharia (Islam-based) law. Questions about the religion itself may be asked on https://islam.stackexchange.com/

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Does the Taliban government of Afghanistan have a written legal code?

Since the Taliban took effective control of Afghanistan in 2021, I've been reading various sources claiming that they are restricting the movements of women and girls in public, but it is unclear if ...
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Are there well-known Islamic theoretical works about deception in politics (or at least in war)?

After reading this bit of commentary about the recent Taliban "charm offensive": That's the thing with the Taliban - they're deceptive, they're charming, they know how to use the right ...
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What states that base their government on Shariah law allow women in government?

One of the more interesting turns in Afghanistan has been the announcement that the Taliban would allow women to serve in government "The Islamic Emirate doesn't want women to be victims," ...
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Is there a known/stated reason why Saudi Arabia did not declare itself a Caliphate?

Their closest political competitors that the Saud dynasty defeated in the 1924-25 war did claim the title of "Sharifian Caliphate" for themselves. Although Saudi Arabia is an absolute ...
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Is Caliphate as same as Islamic government or are they different?

Essence of Islamic governments the above Wikipedia link says that: (...) most Muslim scholars are of the opinion that Islamic al-Shura should consist of the following: Meeting or consultation that ...
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Is there evidence of on-going legislation specifically targeting Muslims in France?

In 2004, France banned wearing conspicuous religious symbols in schools. In particular, this bans the Muslim headscarf, the Jewish kippah, and the Sikh turban. The turban has now been exempted as ...
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What actions have governments critical of Macron's response to the murder of Samuel Paty called for?

Following the murder of Samuel Paty in France two weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech [fr] in which he defended freedom of expression and said "we won't give up on caricatures". This ...
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Has there been any research conducted to understand the motivation behind discrete murders in France? [closed]

there had been numerous cases of knife attacks and stabbing sprees in France. A few days ago, there had been an attack in Paris. Has there been any research conducted to understand the motivation ...
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Is freedom of expression more important than religious sensitivities? [closed]

Charlie Hebdo is planning to republish the blasphemous cartoons of Muhammad (P.B.U.H), and when the Fresh president Emmanuel Macron was asked whether he will condemn this action, he categorically ...
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Why are Iran and Pakistan members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

Although, OIC's web-site says: The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting ...
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What are the details of Saudi Arabia's supposed plans to stop funding foreign mosques?

In January, Middle East Monitor reported that Saudi Arabia was to stop funding mosques in foreign countries. They point to an unspecified article on the Arabi21.com website, which I believe refers to ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

This article from the BBC describes appalling violence in the Indian capital, which has led to a death toll of 27 at the time of writing. The article mentions that the spark that ignited the riots ...
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Is there an official difference in Shia government vs Sunni government? [duplicate]

As a non Muslim,I do not understand the difference in preferred government style between the two branches of the Muslim religion. I understand the lines are very blurred in the Muslim world. There ...
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Does any Islamist party have policies in other areas that would be considered left wing?

Some Islamist parties such as Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt seems to be conservative and aligned with right political wing. Are there any Islamist parties that are aligned with left political wing or ...
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How did Wahhabism come into power as an influential movement in Islam?

Why does it have so many followers, and how does it contrast with other versions of Islam? How has it influenced the politics of Islamic (and non-Islamic) nations?
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What is the reason for extreme antisemitism among Muslims? [closed]

The current Iranian regime, and many other middle eastern Muslim regimes regularly call for the destruction of Israel and slaughter of all the Jews, from CNN: A new document by Iran's supreme ...
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In the non-Muslim world what are the origins of historical bias against the Ottoman Empire?

Some narratives of the recent terror attack in Christchurch imply that even though conflicts, battles, and invasions among various warring empires ravaged Europe throughout its history, somehow the ...
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Terrorist vs Lone wolf

There is a recurring narrative in the Muslim majority countries which essentially says this: When some non-Muslims are actors of a terror attack, the attacker(s) is mostly not called a terrorist ...
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Why do some Muslim countries criminalize atheism?

I've heard that in several countries, including Malay and Iran, being an atheist can get you a death sentence. All of these countries are Islamic countries. Now, Islam itself is already pretty close ...
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Did any Muslim majority countries express an official position about the treatment of Muslims in China?

Members of the Arab League are well known for their boycott of Israel over their treatment of the Palestinians. They likewise frequently issue official statements whenever Muslims are mistreated in ...
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What are some examples of Islamophobia in the UK Conservative Party

While researching a previous question (What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?), I found a lot of references to "Tory Islamophobia". The context of these accusations was sometimes ...
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Can Macron legally reform Islam in France?

In February 2018, french president Emmanuel Macron said : "I want to lay the foundations for the whole organization of Islam in France" He plans to do this to diminish the number of young ...
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Brexit as result of concerns over Islam

I was curious about surveys that examine reasons for the Brexit and what different factors determined individual votes. In specific, was rising Islam in Europe one of the factors without which the ...
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What far-right politicians has Hassan Iquioussen endorsed?

In France, Furor Over a Muslim Reality Show Star Reveals Deeper Tensions says that Hassan Iquioussen has endorsed far-right politicians. While I'm aware of the horseshoe theory in general, I assume ...
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In Muslim-minority countries, is it unusual for Muslim MPs or lawmakers to vote in favour of gay marriage or related legislation?

In Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs voted in favor of same-sex marriage? on Skeptics.SE, someone was surprised by a claim that Germany's Muslim MPs voted in favour of gay marriage. I wasn't that ...
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Do Sunnis support monarchy and Shias support republic?

In several accounts about the Sunni-Shia conflicts erupting in the Middle East (such as this one) the Sunnis are usually viewed as taking the side of a monarchy and the Shia the side of the rebels ...
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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits?

Throughout Europe, in recent years, the issue of the muslim burka and its potential ban has often been discussed. I have heard a couple of reasons at most, and they all pretty much sum up to 'burka -...
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Why do some muslim countries ban polygamy?

Islam allows men to have up to 4 wives (simultaneously). Why would an overwhelmingly Muslim country, such as Turkey or Tunisia, ban polygamy? Not banning it would of course not prevent most people to ...
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Why are (proposals for) islamic garment bans focussed on the burqa, when the niqāb is far more common?

From the BBC: German parliament moves to partially ban the burka. Proposals or measures in France, Netherlands, UK, and elsewhere, have also focussed on a ban of the burqa. Although I have certainly ...
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What does it mean policywise to "Implement Sharia Law"?

When a Islamic country implements a form of Sharia law, what exactly does that mean in terms of the actual policies being put in place? I mean, I know exact definitions vary considerably, but what ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

This might sound like a loaded question, but it isn't. We see left and right that present day leftists (progressives, liberals, etc.) are jumping in to defend Islam(ism) from legitimate critiques as ...
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Why is Islamophobia not as demographically widespread in the USA? [closed]

I've understood for a long time that the United States seemed to be more supportive of Muslims and Islam in comparison to Europe, particularly among youth and more educated people, by comparing the ...
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Why is recent international (Europe, N-America, …) Islamist terrorism exclusively perpetrated by Sunnis?

According to the Global Terrorism Database, the number of terrorist attacks with fatalities in Western Europe has recently started to rise for the first time since the 1970s: Source: Global Terrorism ...
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Did George W. Bush ever backpedal when he referred to the war on terror as a "Crusade"? [closed]

When Bush said out and out about waging "Crusade" on (Mainstream Muslim/Sunni) "terrorists" in his 2001's statement, did he ever backpedal, apologize or say that this was a "slip of tongue"? If we ...
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Is there a Muslim majority country where Israel (and Jews) is received positively?

The common perception is that muslims don't perceive Israel (and Jews) in favorable light. But is there a Muslim majority country where Israel (and Jews) is received in positive light overall?
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Do any countries have immigration policies that discriminate against a religious group?

Do any countries currently have immigration policies that directly or indirectly negatively discriminate against a religious group, akin to what Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson have been advocating ...
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What does Islamic State offer that Saudi Arabia doesn't?

As a secular agnostic, I perceive both Islamic State and Saudi Arabia as extremely theocratic Sunni Muslim governments. But to some people, Islamic State must be offering something that Saudi Arabia ...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries? [closed]

Why are most Islamic governments, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, less democratic and more corrupt than most Christian-aligned countries particularly in the West?
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Is anti-Islam sentiment predominantly associated with more traditional nationalities in Australia?

In Australia, is anti-Islam sentiment predominantly associated with people who have, or are descended from, nationalities more traditionally associated with Australia, such as the UK, Ireland, and ...
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Why are there so few Islamic parties in Europe?

Many European countries have major parties which call themselves "Christian". But Wikipedia only lists 5 parties in all of Europe with an Islamic agenda, and 3 of them as defunct, leaving only "Party ...
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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?

There is a perspective, pretty popular in both mid-East and Western worlds, which says that the majority of Muslims do not share the radical views Provided this is true, why don't we see calls for ...
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What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?

Almost everyday we hear about Shia and Sunni Muslims fighting each other. It is said that most Muslims die every year because of religion. What is the reason for the Shia-Sunni conflict?
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Why is Islam the fastest growing religion? [closed]

I was surprised to find out that Islam is the fastest growing religion in West. What is the reason for this? Please clarify it for me. Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group (US-...
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How does jizya exactly work in the Islamic State?

I have a few doubts over how jizya works in the Islamic State. As far as I understand, christians and jews are allowed to "stay and not be killed" as long as they pay this tithe. However: are they ...
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Why do Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same "age of majority"?

According to Wikipedia, backed by a couple of sources, Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same age of majority: 8 for girls, 14 for boys. Now, according to the sources, this is due to Sharia law. However,...
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Is requiring removal of face coverings a violation of a persons civil rights?

After the attacks on 911, proper identification became important especially when boarding a plane or using other mass transit. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to identify someone whose face is ...
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