I also write about interfaith marriage and my very lovely, often comedic, life with my husband “Bob”.
I am a British born, Pakistani, Muslim woman and, if you are anything like me, you will know that these are three incredibly complex states of being to juggle in unison and, short of one being a multi-limbed octopus lady, can rarely be satisfied fully at one time.
One viral image points to Japan as an example of a country that keeps out radical Islam by cracking down on all forms of Islam and its adherents, implying that this is a good model for the United States to follow.
The graphic is a simple black-and-white block of text with the headline, "Japan keeps Islam at bay by putting restrictions on Islam and ALL Muslims." The graphic then mentions a variety of ways in which Japan supposedly keeps tight control over the Muslims in its midst: We wondered whether the graphic is accurate.
He added that the Koran or other religious books in Arabic can be imported.
As for renting a residence, he said there may be some reluctance among residents of Japan to rent apartments to foreigners as a general rule, but he said there’s no specific animus toward Muslims.
To streamline our analysis, we focused mostly on these four claims -- that in Japan, "permanent residency is not given to Muslims," the "propagation of Islam" is banned, "one cannot import a Koran published in the Arabic language," and "Muslims cannot even rent a house." We heard back from three experts who have experience with the intersection of Japan and Islam, and all three said the graphic is blatantly incorrect.
In Japanese society, Muslims also face institutionalised racism; with a significant violations in privacy and surveillance, despite the biggest domestic threat facing Japan being Buddhist terrorism.In the first in a series of posts for e Harmony, she explores how dating doesn’t have to mean compromising your beliefs. For those of you that don’t know me, I am The Imposter.I am a small, loud, brown lady who writes a comedy blog about love, life, dating and relationships and how this entwines with my cultural and religious identity.The Japanese government’s increasing alignment with US military actions in the Islamic world has been impacting this nation’s relationship with the Islamic world.At the same time, there are now dozens of mosques across Japan, and many estimates now put the number of resident Muslims in Japan above one hundred thousand.It is estimated that the number of non-Japanese Muslims residing in Japan is approximately 90,000, which is only 0.75% of Japan’s total population.