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.”
India Times: China bans use of anti-Islam words on social media. “‘Islamophobic’ terms used by Chinese internet users to stigmatize Muslims have been blocked by authorities to prevent bias against Islam, official media reported on Thursday. China has over 21 million Muslims mostly the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Hui community in Ningxia province, according to unofficial accounts.”
Daily Sabah: Qurans by master calligraphers digitalized for new project. “From Quran copies by calligraphers Derviş Ali, Hüseyin Efendi, Kebecizade Mehmed Vasfi Efendi and Mustafa Hamid Boyabadi to paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey, Fausto Zonaro, Ivan Ayvazovski and Şeker Ahmed Paşa, Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s ambitious digitalization project digitalSSM brings together an impressive collection of manuscripts and paintings.” The Web site is at digitalssm.org. And while there is an “English” button on it for navigating, I found I got more information by letting Google translate each page.
Mashable: The Trump team just tried to delete old press releases because it doesn’t understand the internet. “Trump’s team appeared to realize its mistake … so they deleted literally every last press release from Trump’s site. Check it out for yourself. The press releases are nowhere to be found. Buuuuttt … unfortunately, that’s not how the internet works. Trump’s team may have pulled the press releases from his website, but they are still available on the Wayback Machine, a project run by the Internet Archive that keeps records of the internet’s past for all to see.”
The National: Exhibitions: Major Islamic art collection finds a new home in America. “One of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Islamic art will go on permanent public display for the first time at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas next week. A new gallery dedicated to showing more than 100 objects from the Keir Collection, which was accumulated by the late Hungarian property developer Edmund de Unger from the 1950s onwards, opens on April 18…. Under the loan agreement, the Dallas museum has also promised to produce a digital archive of the collection to ensure that it is more accessible to academics and the public.”