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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits?

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/...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

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 ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

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

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 ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

Some points that are perhaps worth mentioning/adding here: Unlike Palestine, the Uyghurs are not recognized as a country by anyone; so there's "but they're just separatists we're dealing with&...
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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

It shouldn't be that surprising - non-western states don't really have that high of a regard about the west's "moral authority on human rights" given their own sordid history (e.g. slavery, ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

In addition to the previous answers, I'm surprised nobody has pointed to the elephant in the room yet: The Chinese aren't Jews. Islam has something to say about Jews in its holy texts. Not so much ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

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, ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

The Uighurs are treated as a different case from the Palestinians for two reasons. Firstly, China is attempting to absorb the Uighur people into China more fully, not chase them out of China. Israel ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

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 ...
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Is Darfur genocide religious/racial in nature?

Short Answer The opposing sides in the Darfur conflict are all at least nominally Sunni Muslim and would all be considered by people in the U.S. or Latin America to be "black". But, it is a ...
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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

This is due mainly to the growing Chinese economic influence. References: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), sometimes referred to as the New Silk Road, is one of the most ambitious ...
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Do Sunnis support monarchy and Shias support republic?

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 ...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

Some reasons: The Palestinian conflict has been in the public discourse for a long time. More than a hundred years. Uyghur issues are relatively recent. The Uyghur conflict is mostly a purely internal ...
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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits?

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 ...
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Did any Muslim majority countries express an official position about the treatment of Muslims in China?

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

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 ...
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Why is recent international (Europe, N-America, …) Islamist terrorism exclusively perpetrated by Sunnis?

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 ...
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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits?

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 ...
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History or events likely triggering or being used by Koran-burning anti-Muslim groups in Denmark and Sweden?

The applications to the police for permits for demonstrations are public, and the major Swedish newspaper DN managed to find all 10 individuals who have requested a permit for burning religious texts.(...
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Why is the Muslim world focusing on Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, yet expresses virtually no interest in the Uighurs?

There's a whole grab-bag of likely factors. Which ones motivates whom most is hard to say: Xinjiang repression, or the awareness of it, is a relatively recent phenomena, starting around 2014 or so (...
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Why is Islamophobia not as demographically widespread in the USA?

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 ...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries?

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. ...
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What does it mean policywise to "Implement Sharia Law"?

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. ...
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Why is the political Islam considered bad by some people in the west?

First of all: "The West" is not a hive-mind. We are talking about dozens of countries with thousands of politicians and hundreds of millions of inhabitants. So stating that "The West&...
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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

Following Reuters, China thinks that Xinjiang-related issues are not human rights issues at all, but issues of counter-terrorism, de-radicalisation and anti-separatism. China issued a 131-page ...
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Why do Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same "age of majority"?

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", ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

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 ...
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Why are (proposals for) islamic garment bans focussed on the burqa, when the niqāb is far more common?

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 ...
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