Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Taliban's massive social media presence that's being ignored

Austin Bodetti, alaraby, The Taliban's massive social media presence that's being ignored, 22 Nov 2017 "The insurgents have employed social media for more creative purposes, creating Facebook profiles of attractive women to trick Western soldiers into disclosing intelligence. Their affiliates in Pakistan even tried to recruit propagandists for an online magazine through a Facebook page." I have written about this phenomenon in the past, and have something in my next book relating to the Taliban.

Outrage against Saudi Arabia as Israeli blogger posts selfies from Prophet's Mosque in Medina

alaraby, Outrage against Saudi Arabia as Israeli blogger posts selfies from Prophet's Mosque in Medina, 21 Nov 2017 "Images posted by an Israeli blogger inside the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in the Muslim holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia sparked outrage across the region this week over what many said was the religious insensitivity and double standards of Saudi authorities."

Hackers Fought ISIS With Porn

Gareth Browne, The Daily Beast, Hackers Fought ISIS With Porn, 21 Nov 2017 "Given the dangers they face, the six people who make up the little group calling itself, with conscious irony, “Daeshgram”—its name melding the Arabic acronym for ISIS and Instagram—are forced to live something resembling double lives." Recommended

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov defended by mother

BBC News, New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov defended by mother "The BBC's Will Vernon tracked her down in Uzbekistan, the country that was home to terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov until 2010 when he moved to the US." Excellent report.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardiff terror accused's IS search 'was out of curiosity'

BBC News, Cardiff terror accused's IS search 'was out of curiosity', 20 Nov 2017 "A teenager accused of planning a terror attack in Cardiff has claimed he searched online for so-called Islamic State material out of curiosity."

Understanding Islam...With Books

Publishers Weekly, Understanding Islam...With Books includes reference to my next book (out 2018)

IS-related investigation in Minnesota

Star Tribune, Father, hacker and jujitsu instructor among Minnesotans under investigation for ISIS ties Interesting in its discussion on ongoing investigations, which have an online element.

Terrorism, radicalisation and Islam: Michel Wieviorka in conversation with Marc Sageman

The Conversation, Terrorism, radicalisation and Islam: Michel Wieviorka in conversation with Marc Sageman one for the reading list

New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters

Crest Research, New report on Russian-speaking Foreign Fighters "Existing data on Russian-speaking groups and individuals linked to the Islamic State is often inaccurate, according to CREST Researcher Cerwyn Moore and ESRC-funded PhD Student Mark Youngman. They have released a substantive report on Russian-speaking foreign fighters and Islamic State’s influence in the North Caucasus."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Al-Qaeda's revised recruitment strategy for India: Go vernacular, reach larger audience

"Times Now, Al-Qaeda's revised recruitment strategy for India: Go vernacular, reach larger audience, 17 Nov 2017 "In a bid to expand its reach in India and to recruit more followers in the country, the Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent has begun to publish online material in three vernacular languages, namely Tamil, Bengali and Hindi, with speeches and articles by jihadists being translated in these three languages, the Indian Express reported."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"That’s not a Hadith. That’s Tupac."

Rayana Khalaf, Stepfeed, This Muslim sheikh's tweets about frequent questions will crack you up - "That’s not a Hadith. That’s Tupac." "While Muslim clerics and preachers are often thought of as characteristically serious and stern, this Florida-based lecturer is all about humor, especially on social media."

Tweeting the Qur'an

While you might want to ignore some of the inevitable discussion associated with this Reddit post, the graphic is interesting for those of us studying digital Islamic issues. I haven't explored the maths on this. I discuss Twitter and the Qur'an in my next book:

idarwishman, Reddit, 96% of the Quran is now tweetable with the new 280 character limit (inspired by the tweetable Bible graph) [OC], 15 Nov 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message

New York Times, In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message "Now, under growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates, YouTube has drastically reduced its video archive of Mr. Awlaki, an American cleric who remains the leading English-language jihadist recruiter on the internet six years after he was killed by a United States drone strike. Using video fingerprinting technology, YouTube now flags his videos automatically and human reviewers block most of them before anyone sees them, company officials say." Widely available elsewhere, however.

Russian Bot

Metro, Man who shared image of Muslim ‘ignoring Westminster victims’ was a Russian bot

A Muslim YouTuber on the biggest misconception about her sex life

Independent, A Muslim YouTuber on the biggest misconception about her sex life "A London-based vlogger is debunking the myths surrounding Muslim women and dating."

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