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Quotes from the Quran decorate the walls outside the mosque in Mamichang village in Yunnan province, China, on Jan. 4. (Li Yuwei for Foreign Policy)

Love Allah, Love China

Chinese Muslims are struggling to follow their faith amid a growing crackdown.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute to those killed in a shooting the day before at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16. (Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This

The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France

The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

Young men pay their respects to the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16. (Tessa Burrows/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, New Zealand saw its worst-ever terrorist attack, and Boeing aircraft around the world were grounded.

Flowers left near the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

FP’s Guide to Islamophobia

In light of the terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques, here are some essays that help explain a global trend of Islamophobia and right-wing hate.

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, at the U.S. Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail

A new poll of Muslims who ran for office in the 2018 midterms shows how central bigotry has become to America's political life.

Protesters against the veil, protected by young men, march in central Tehran during demonstrations for women's rights on March 10, 1979. (Bettmann Archives/Getty Images)

The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran

While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.

Gulnur Kosgeulet shows a photo of her husband, Ekpor Sorsenbek, whom she believes is in a re-education camp in Xinjiang, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps

Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.

Princess Noura bint Faisal Al Saud shops in Al Faisaliah Mall in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on April 19, 2018. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Secret Lives of Arab Princesses

Most women in the Arab world are disadvantaged—and the most privileged women often have it worst of all.

Sayragul Sauytbay sits inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Zharkent, Kazakhstan, on July 13, 2018. (Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP/Getty Images)

She Fled China’s Camps—but She’s Still Not Free

Sayragul Sauytbay, the only person to have worked inside an internment camp in Xinjiang and spoken publicly about it, now faces an uncertain future in Kazakhstan.

Acehnese Muslims demonstrate against China’s oppression of ethnic Uighurs at Baiturrahman Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Dec. 21, 2018. (Riau Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Indonesia’s Opposition Takes Up the Uighur Cause

China's internment camps for Muslims have become a political talking point.

In Dhaka, people read newspapers carrying headlines outlining the general election results on Dec. 31, 2018. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in a vote the opposition slammed as "farcical" over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP/Getty Images)

The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle

The ruling party is making a mockery of the electoral process, pandering to Islamic extremists, and turning the country into an authoritarian state

A Chinese Hui Muslim girl wears a fancy headdress as she is held by her mother after Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on June 16, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s Muslims Brace for Attacks

First, it was the Uighurs. Now, other Muslim minorities are being threatened—and the worst may be yet to come.

A Trump supporter holds up a sign during an  anti-sharia law rally organized by ACT for America on June 10 2017 in New York.
(KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Most Popular App Is Full of Hate

WeChat groups have become a major vector for anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar speaks to a group of volunteers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018.

Two Muslim Women Are Headed to Congress. Will They Be Heard?

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have won, but the battle for a new brand of feminism in the Democratic Party and within Muslim communities has just begun.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump prior to the president's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

Trump First, Jews Later

Israeli government officials are helping to normalize the violent anti-Semitism of the Christian right.

Ethnic Uigur women look through a security fence as Chinese soldiers stand guard in Urumqi, in China's far west Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China

Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border.

A woman walks behind a campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag on Nov. 23, 2009 in Corseaux near Vevey. (Fabrice Cofrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prophet Mohammed Doesn’t Need Courts to Protect Him

European courts are trying to support Muslims—but will only stoke Islamophobia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit at the Istanbul Congress Center on April 14, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Khashoggi’s Death Is Highlighting the Ottoman-Saudi Islamic Rift

The journalist’s suspected murder, and its aftermath, was the latest battle of a 300-year war over Sunni Islam.

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