Islam and Data Science Roundup

The Race Discrimination Commissioner of Australia, Chin Tan, reported national findings suggesting that 80% of Australian Muslims experience some form of unfavorable treatment. According to official statistics from the Mohammad bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture in Dubai, more than 2,000 non-Muslim residents took the shahāda (Islamic oath of declaration) in 2021, converting to Islam.

Islam and Data Science Roundup

Recently released findings of the US Mosque Survey 2020 revealed that the number of mosques in the United States experienced a steady increase over the years, increasing from 2,106 in 2010 to 2,769 in 2020. Survey findings of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) of France indicated that Anti-Muslim acts and anti-Islamic bias … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

A study by Reuters found that Muslims in France have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic compared to other communities and that the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the total population. A Reuters investigation of Indonesia's banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are "quitting traditional … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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Indonesian authorities sentenced Islamic cleric Habib Rizieq to eight months of imprisonment for encouraging people to attend mass gatherings amid the pandemic. The Indonesian government, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it was cancelling all pilgrimages to Mecca for the second year in a row.  Saudi Arabian authorities announced that during this year's … Continue reading COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Bangladesh: Religious Intolerance in Bangladesh" (Religious Intolerance in South Asia, ed. Farahnaz Ispahani (forthcoming 2021)), using a unique and nationally representative dataset from 2017, C. Christine Fair and Parina Patel (Georgetown University) discuss their findings regarding support for sharī'a among Bangladeshi voters in addition to levels of communal and sectarian intolerance.

Islam and Data Science Roundup

A recent Pew Research Center study found that "[a]bout eight-in-ten Americans say there is a lot or some discrimination in their society, and two-thirds or more in the UK, Germany and France agree." In "Christians, Muslims and Traditional Worshippers in Nigeria: Estimating the Relative Proportions from Eleven Nationally Representative Social Surveys" (Review of Religious Research, … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Impact of perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety among Muslim college students: The role of acculturative stress, religious support, and Muslim identity" (American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2021), Petty Tineo (Yale University) and others survey 205 Muslim college students to find that there exists a "statistically significant" relationship between Muslim identity and levels of experienced … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

COVID-19 and Islamic Law Roundup

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A recent study by polling agency YouGov found that vaccine acceptance in Saudi Arabia and the UAE has increased over time. In a video message to German Muslims, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed regret that Muslims had to celebrate Eid under lockdown conditions and thanked them for their "discipline and understanding."