Where are the fatwas?

Asks Moises Naim, Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy, in his article highlighting the silence of the Muslim world on China’s crackdown on the Uighur population.  Just as there was a dearth of support and cries from Riyadh, Baghdad, and Tehran during the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s, so too is there the same deafining silence in the Muslim world about the violence in Xinjiang provence.   The core of Naim’s argument comes down to these points:

As Foreign Policy has reported, in different countries, mullahs, imams, and assorted clerics have found the time to issue fatwas condemning among other practices, Pokémon cartoons, total nudity during sex for married couples, and the use of vaccines against polio, not to mention Salman Rushdie. They have yet to find the time to say anything about China’s practices toward Uighurs.  The same applies to the Arab League, governments of Muslim countries (where are the 11 ambassadors of the countries that issued their angry protests to the Danish government? [about cartons depicting the prophet Muhammad]), and Muslim organizations in Europe and Asia. They have either been mute or their reaction has been too little, too late.”


About Charlie Gleek

Ph.D. student in Comparative Studies and graduate instructor in the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University. My work takes place around intersections of postcolonial literature, quantitative literary analysis, and digital humanities.

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