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You say these things don't happen when they do. Case in point, the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11 mastermind and behind Daniel Pearl's execution) who WAS jailed in Egypt early in his life, had to flee Bosnia when intelligence had pinpointed him, and was finally captured and turned over to the US by Pakistan. In other words, he was targeted by Muslim ...


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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits? The nun habit doesn't cover the face, that's the big difference. The usual approach in Europe is to forbid/restrict face covering. Therefore a nun habit usually is allowed. The European Court of Human Rights has allowed bans based on that approach, e.g. the French so ...


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A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship on the grounds of religious persecution. The CAA itself is controversial because they exclude Muslims. Also, to understand the full power of CAA, you need to ...


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This Q is pretty narrow in its title, but then asks more generally My question is really whether it is just that - that local officials make whatever decisions they think most aligns with their understanding of the religion or whether there are, or whether there are plans to establish, specific laws on various mundane subjects to guide their citizens in ...


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The modern left is not "courting islamism", but scroll down to see some reasons why I believe it may be perceived as such. Some examples showing evidence that it isn't: Left-wing groups in Rojava are actively fighting against islamists, for a secular, democratic, socialist, feminist state, and those groups have considerable support among left-wing groups ...


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Without any stats to back my speculations, here are a few reasons why I would expect it to be that way: Stating the obvious but recent immigration to Europe included many people from countries where Islam is an important component of the culture (North Africa, West Africa, Turkey…) Christianity is on the retreat and losing ground to irreligion. To some ...


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The Citizenship Act of 2019 gives refugees who have fled persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan a path to Indian citizenship, but it only applies to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian refugees. Muslims are not eligible. This is a charged issue because many people living in India have no documentary proof of their citizenship. It ...


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It is a difficult question to answer, mainly because it is a strawman argument. Let me put you a more mundane analogy. You are in a ship in the middle of the Pacific, and find that ex-POTUS Barack Obama has had trouble while water skiing, and he is drowning. You launch him a lifejacket, or get him aboard your ship. Do you think it would reasonable to ...


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If anything it is the other way round. The key political difference between Sunni and Shia Islam is the status of the family of the prophet. In Shia Islam, God chose Ali, who was Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, and Muhammad's closest blood relative as the leader of Muslims after Muhammad. The leaders of Shia Islam claim a direct bloodline to Ali. In ...


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Evidently, they do. There are a lot of Muslim countries who combat terrorism. I think Muslim governments are even more concerned with terrorism than anybody else and take very hard-line measures. Islamist terrorists routinely get imprisoned and executed. Moreover, the most of the "grassroots" popular revolutions in the majority-Muslim countries (Iraq, ...


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It seems the answers posted so far fail to fully explain how these laws really work. Taking France as an example: The 2010 law does not mention religion at all, but the intent to cover the face. This sidesteps the thorny issue of defining exactly which type of garment is targeted and means that nun habits are obviously not covered. Interestingly, the ...


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No, they don't have an official legal code yet. Yes, they have plans to create some kind of a legislative body and write laws after forming the government. Yes, they already have written statutes, but those need to be formalized. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid answered some question about their future laws in the first press conference in Kabul: Let’s ...


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There are many interrelated factors, some of which are: There's just a lot more Sunnis than Shia. Attacks require resources. Sunnis are far better funded (KSA funding Wahhabism; coupled with Iran's relatively depleted funds due to Western sanctions). Attacks require resources. Shia had other priorities (Sunnis). First you had Iran-Iraq war sapping Iran's ...


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Consider the response of the communities involved to: An Islamic woman seen in public not wearing the burka, as proscribed by her religion A nun seen in public not wearing the habit, as proscribed by her religion. The expectation is that failing to wear the burka would inspire a negative reaction, with physical hostility directed towards the offending ...


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A 2005 Pew Research survey on Islamic Extremism found that of the Muslim nations surveyed, people had overwhelmingly negative opinions of Jews. I'd be very surprised if attitudes to Israel were better. The most friendly Muslim nation surveyed being Turkey, with a meagre 18% having favourable opinions of Jews, does not speak well of the odds of finding a ...


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First, let's get some insider information from the man on the ground: I live in Algeria, a North African country. I don't know about the Middle East, but there's no North African islamic government. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt; none of these are Islamic. Some of these have dealt with problems, some are dealing with problems as I write these ...


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I mostly agree with Michael Broughton answer but I would to add an spin about the relationship between the Arab world and the West. To begin with, at one moment or the other, most of the Muslim countries have recently been Western colonies or protectorates (the most significance exceptions, Turkey and Persia -now Iran- also were under heavily hit). After ...


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There's no definitive or objective answer, but there are several factors: General attitude around freedom of religion and lack of religious discrimination in USA compared to Europe. There was far less Antisemitism in USA, vs. Europe, always. There were far less sectarian inter-Christian issues as well. The country was heavily founded on and internalized ...


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Sharia law is a big and complex subject. A significant number of college students in Saudi Arabia and in Iran, for example, would have it has a college major and pursue graduate studies in it as well. This post focuses on some of the better known and most distinctive features of it from the perspective of an outsider. Needless to say, given the limitations ...


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Your basic premise is flawed. Traditionally the "left" has stood on the side of oppressed minorities and I think this is what this is. You also have to take history into consideration. After all the "legitimate critiques" of Judaism lead to the murder of six million Jews in Europe and considering that it's not to far fetched to assume ...


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They have not, for two reasons. One, because China has gone out of their way to court Muslim-majority nations to show them how their Uighur re-education camps aren't as bad as Western nations say. They brought in Indonesian authorities to show them around, but still, authorities there are wary. Kazakhstan was convinced the Uighur were terrorists that had ...


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Some remarks: First: It is not "8 for girls, 14 for boys"; It is 9 for girls and 15 for boys (Lunar year). Second: It is not true that "only Iran and Saudi Arabia use this law", So does Yemen. Third: In Iran, although the age of majority is 15 for boys and 9 for girls, this is for religious obligations, such as fast. For social ...


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The french "ban on burka" is actually a ban on covering one's face in public spaces. It applies equally to burkas, niqabs, masks, scooter helmets etc ... Its application is a different topic. In France, most of the religious veils used fully covering the face are niqabs. The german "ban on burkas" also forbids to cover one's face to people working in some ...


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Grandstanding is a big part of politics Making outrageous or impossible demands is a time-honored way to curry favor with the public. Pick some issue near and dear to their hearts, take a hard line on it, and be as loud about it as you possibly can. Your demand will, of course, be ignored. But that almost doesn't even matter. It helps your negotiating ...


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The answer by user4012 is pretty good. I do agree that, while some of the stated religious doctrine may still seem a bit extreme to our western sensibilities, most of the Shia-sponsored terrorism had more traditional political aims, ultimately. A lot of what Al-Qaeda used to do, and what ISIS does now falls into the ideological doctrine of Wahhabism. As ...


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In Turkey this was the result of a secularist/Westernizing policy under Ataturk in 1926 and this policy may be poised to change, as the head of state apparently flaunts his violation of this law. Tunisia is apparently the only other example and imposed its ban in 1956 when it gained independence, a time that coincides with strong secularist/Socialist/...


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Would you piss off a crazy nutcase neighbor with guns who have other crazier neighbors with even more and bigger guns? With modern day weapons, voicing your opinion on poorly protected/enforced areas with political differences comes with a high risk of becoming a fatality. It only takes two guys with machine guns to render a church packed with people into ...


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Quite simply it is due to Identity Politics. Muslims, in the US and much of the West at least, are a minority group and are therefore "protected". Christians, on the other hand are not. Both groups take actions that are considered distasteful or wrong by "the left", and the motivations for those actions are often due to the constraints imposed by their ...


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The Caliph is the rightful religious and secular leader of the ummah, the community of muslims. As such, declaring yourself Caliph is at a minimum demanding token submission from all other muslim leaders; if not declaring them illegitimate and proclaiming rightful direct rule over their countries. Saudi Arabia enjoys cordial diplomatic interactions with many ...


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