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Exploring Bangkok’s ‘Muslim Quarter’

SHAFAQNA - “Only a few years ago there was no such thing as Thai-Islamic art and now a piece of it sits inside the royal palace,” beams Ismail Ywaiyavata, the 39-year-old vice chairman of the Institute of Islamic Art Thailand. I am sat…

Myanmar Doesn't Recognize Its Muslims And Doesn't Want US To, Either

SHAFAQNA - Despite the push for human rights in Myanmar, the majority party leader told a U.S. ambassador to not call the minority Muslim population "Rohingya." Myanmar still doesn't recognize a minority Muslim population in its borders…

Thai Muslim leader Phitakkumpon opens mosque in PNU campus

SHAFAQNA - Thai Muslim religious leader Aziz Phitakkumpon opened a mosque located on the campus of Princess of Naradhiwas University (PNU), an institute where most students are Muslims, in Thailand. Phitakkumpon presided over the opening…