Phys .org: How Indonesia’s female candidates have used social media to boost Islamic image and win elections

Phys.org: How Indonesia’s female candidates have used social media to boost Islamic image and win elections. “Many political candidates in Indonesia have been taking advantage of social media to design campaigns that promote piety. Female political candidates in particular have started to utilize social media to bring about social change and encourage women to become politically engaged.”

University of Edinburgh: Experts assess digital impact on Muslim lives

University of Edinburgh: Experts assess digital impact on Muslim lives. “Experts will seek to build a clearer picture of the way online platforms are affecting traditional structures within Islam across the continent…. Researchers say that while digital platforms have strengthened ties among Europe’s Muslim communities, this has widened inter-generational differences within these groups.”

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations. “Memories of the August 14, 1947 partition of India and Pakistan ‘nearly disappeared into the abyss of time,’ said the founder of an online archive dedicated to preserving oral histories of the time so that ‘history will not be forgotten.’”

India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past (Reuters)

Reuters: India Partition: After 75 years, tech opens a window into the past. “The partition of colonial India into two states, mainly Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, at the end of British rule triggered one of the biggest mass migrations in history…. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since then, and relations remain tense. They rarely grant visas to each others’ citizens, making visits nearly impossible – but social media has helped people on either side of the border connect.”

Council for British Research in the Levant: Launch of the Islamic Jerusalem Archive Project 2022/2023

Council for British Research in the Levant: Launch of the Islamic Jerusalem Archive Project 2022/2023. “At an event held on 23 June 2022 to mark the re-opening of the Kenyon Institute following renovations, we were delighted to announce the launch of one of the cornerstone projects of CBRL’s new digital archive plans: the Islamic Jerusalem Archive Project (IJAP).”

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada. “As an archivist on the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project, Moska Rokay doesn’t just preserve the past – she unearths it. Rokay, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s master of information program in the Faculty of Information, speaks to Canadians across the country to collect stories, documents and images that bring the rich history of Muslims in Canada to life.”

Social media giants failing to combat ‘blatant and easy to find’ anti-Muslim hate speech (Radio New Zealand)

Radio New Zealand: Social media giants failing to combat ‘blatant and easy to find’ anti-Muslim hate speech. “The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), an American non-profit organisation, says social media platforms collectively failed to act on 89 percent of posts containing anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia, even after they were reported to moderators. YouTube was the worst offender, ignoring 100 percent of anti-Muslim and Islamophobic posts. Twitter failed to act on 97 percent, Facebook ignored 94 percent, Instagram 86 percent and TikTok 64 percent. The CCDH flagged 530 posts, viewed at least 25 million times.”

Foreign Policy: What Germany Can Teach Serbia About Confronting Genocide

Foreign Policy: What Germany Can Teach Serbia About Confronting Genocide. “Many surveys of Serbians confirm sentiments of conscious denial of the Srebrenica genocide, pretending nothing happened, blaming all sides, or general apathy. The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) recently presented ‘Zone of (Non)Responsibility,’ a collection containing more than a hundred excerpts from print and other media that talk about Srebrenica. This digital archive shows several phases of the official policy of denialism regarding the Srebrenica genocide since 1995.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history

Chicago Sun-Times: Grants to local community groups will help archive untold history. “[Ahmed Flex] Omar’s story is just one of countless stories about Black Muslims that have gone untold or unnoticed – something he has been working to amplify for the past six years through his Muslim American Leadership Alliance. A new $25,000 grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is hoping to help the group – and others like it – to move forward.”

Politico: Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police

Politico: Islamic extremists sidestep Facebook’s content police. “Photos of beheadings, extremist propaganda and violent hate speech related to Islamic State and the Taliban were shared for months within Facebook groups over the past year despite the social networking giant’s claims it had increased efforts to remove such content. The posts — some tagged as ‘insightful’ and ‘engaging’ via new Facebook tools to promote community interactions — championed the Islamic extremists’ violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, including videos of suicide bombings and calls to attack rivals across the region and in the West, according to a review of social media activity between April and December. At least one of the groups contained more than 100,000 members.”

Pillars Fund: New Personnel Database For Muslims In Film Addresses Inequality Behind The Screen

Pillars Fund: New Personnel Database For Muslims In Film Addresses Inequality Behind The Screen. “The new database includes profiles for actors, directors, cinematographers, sound technicians, and other Muslim professionals working below and above the line in the filmmaking industry in the United States. The network is accessible to directors, producers, and casting directors who can search the profiles and invite artists to collaborate on their projects.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections. “The Library of Congress and Harvard Law School have initiated an unprecedented, multifaceted joint collaboration to identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes. The effort, initially set for three years, will coordinate access to, knowledge-sharing, and legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law, including national legal gazettes, manuscripts and other materials.”