Nigerian women in Kano taking off hijab over suicide bomber fears

A security guard keeps watching on shoppers inside Shoprite, a retail shop in northern Nigerian’s largest city of Kano on August 12, 2014. Women in north Nigeria’s largest city Kano are abandoning their traditional religious dress after a spate of suicide bombings by young girls with explosives under their hijab. By Aminu Abubakar KANO, August … Read more

Russia raids madrasas and activists’ homes, say Crimea Tatars

SIMFEROPOL (AFP) – Crimea’s pro-Kyiv Tatar community, who are Muslim, on Tuesday, blasted a string of raids by the peninsula’s Kremlin-loyal authorities on Ukrainian activists as a “campaign of intimidation” in the region annexed by Russia in March. “Searches in Qur’anic schools, the homes of Tatar political and religious activists and pro-Ukrainian activists have become … Read more

The illegal big cats of Instagram

Buying illegal wild animals in Kuwait is, as one local put it, “as easy as acquiring a cupcake.” Pets have long been used as status symbols the world over, but citizens of the Gulf take the prize when it comes to keeping the most exotic, controversial species—most commonly, “big cat” cubs. International law governing Kuwait … Read more

This Artist Fights ISIS With A 3D Printer

When Morehshin Allahyari saw a video of ISIS fighters destroying ancient artifacts in the Mosul Museum, she was inspired to start a new project. “Material Speculation: ISIS” is a 3D-printing project that re-creates some of the most important artifacts destroyed by the group.

Fears of forced hijab fuel alarm over Turkey’s Islamic school surge

Protestors march with placards reading “Enough! Don’t turn our schools to Imam Hatips” on August 25, 2014, at Kadikoy in Istanbul. In recent months, parents have demonstrated outside of schools which have been turned into Imam Hatips – schools specializing in religious education combined with a modern curriculum. By Dilay Gundogan, Emmanuelle Baillon ISTANBUL (AFP) … Read more