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Rahaf al-Qunun : A Saudi Woman’s Flight to Freedom

Early this year, the story of a young woman fleeing abuse and persecution grabbed the attention of the world. Rahaf al-Qunun had escaped Saudi Arabia and arrived safely in Thailand, but she had yet to win her freedom. Saudi women are not allowed to leave the countries without a male …

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Support #NoHijabDay on February 1st!

One piece of fabric, a thousand different views. To religious Muslims, the hijab is a symbol of piety and purity. To other Muslims and ex-Muslims, it represents conservative shackles. World Hijab Day started in 2013 by Nazma Khan in recognition “of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the …

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Blasphemy Briefing and Where We Stand Today

December was eventful for blasphemy and blasphemers – here are some highlights from around the world. Earlier in the month, 66-year-old lecturer Jon Dowling was stabbed to death outside a university in France in his last year before retirement. The murderer claimed that the lecturer’s jokes about Islam in part …

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Are US Courts Protecting FGM?

  In late November, news outlets, prominent politicians and social media united in uproar against the ruling of a senior US district judge on a hot-button topic. The judge found a federal law banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) unconstitutional, dismissing charges against two doctors accused of performing the practice on …

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