Engadget: Egypt bans YouTube for one month over 2012 anti-Islamic video. “Egypt is about to act on its longstanding threat to temporarily ban YouTube. The country’s highest administrative court has ruled that officials must block the streaming video site for a month (along with ‘all’ links playing the video) after it allowed the 2012 anti-Islamic video Innocence of Muslims. The short film’s portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed triggered outrage in the Islamic world and led to a 2013 Egyptian case demanding the ban, but the appeal process has kept the ruling in limbo for the past five years.”
Gulf News: Google launches new search feature to mark Ramadan. “Searching dishes as well as all information related to Ramadan will be easier this year as Google announced on Sunday a new feature in its search experience during the month. Information such prayer timings, popular recipes on YouTube, Ramadan tips, and links to Google’s main Ramadan services (the Qibla Finder and Qalam,) will be available on the main search result page once a Ramadan-related keyword is searched.”
Asian and African Studies Blog: Over 2,000 pages in gold: Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an now online. “In 2002 selected pages of this Qurʼan were made available online as a ‘virtual’ manuscript in our ‘Turning the Pages’ Project (Sultan Baybars’ Qurʼan). We have now had the opportunity to digitise all seven volumes cover-to-cover and present them in our new Universal Viewer… Well-known to art historians and exhibition visitors, these amazing volumes can now be appreciated by anyone, anywhere with an internet connection!” I am a big fan of illuminated manuscripts and this set looks like a real work of art.
Berkeley: New database exposes anti-Muslim legislation across the US. “The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley on Wednesday released a searchable, public database of anti-Muslim bills designed to institutionalize the exclusion of Muslims from society and the state legislators across the country who supported them.”
The New Arab: Facebook: A global threat to minority Muslim communities. “Clearly there’s nothing about the respective faiths – Buddhism and Hinduism – that should make their followers encourage hatred or violence towards followers of Islam, so there must be something else going on, and that something else appears – at least in part – to be Facebook. In short, Facebook has now become an existential threat to Muslim minorities around the world.”
Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn Libraries has received grants to digitize major cultural collections . “Penn Libraries received a grant to preserve Muslim manuscripts and make them more accessible to the students, scholars, and the public. Penn will collaborate with Columbia University and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in the next three years to digitize Arabic, Persian, and Turkish texts through a full-time cataloger.”
Washington Post: Fake news on Facebook fans the flames of hate against the Rohingya in Burma. “Burma was long closed off by a military regime, with centuries-old tensions between its Buddhist and Muslim communities leashed by strict control over traditional media.As the country transitions into democracy, those constraints have loosened and access to the Internet has expanded rapidly, most notably through a Facebook program called Free Basics that has catapulted the platform into prominence as a major source of news in Burma. But the sudden proliferation of recently available technologies has accelerated the spread of ethnic hatred in Burma, stoking tensions amid a violent military crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.”