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Do  you  find  that  having  that  number  of  people  around  you  who  share  your  faith   perspective  is  nurturing,  cathartic,  beneficial?     Yes.  Especially  because  I  have  a  blog  –  called  Interfaith  Ramadan  –  I  haven’t  been  very   active  recently,  but  I  will  be  during  Ramadan.  And  basically  I  invite  different  people  of   different  faiths,  and  no  faith,  to  write  during  Ramadan  about  their  experiences.   Struggles  they  have  in  their  own  faith,  with  interfaith,  things  in  the  news,  inclusion  in   general.  As  a  result  of  that  I  have  really  learnt  so  much  during  Ramadan.  Often  not   from  Muslims  in  particular,  it’s  from  people  so  different  from  me  –  or  seemingly  so   different  to  me  –  who  I  can  relate  to,  who  really  make  me  think.  So  for  example,  a  few   Pagans  have  written  to  me  –  who  else?  –  There’s  a  really  interesting  man  who’s  Ásatrú,   a  kind  of  like  heathen,  Nordic  religion.  And  he’s  really  fascinating  because  interfaith  is   so  often  Abrahamic  –  and  maybe  Hindu,  Buddhist  and  Sikh  get  in  there  as  well  –  but   generally  speaking  it’s  the  same  faiths  around  the  table.  So  he  really  made  me  think   about  what  it  means  to  be  inclusive  and  what  it  means  to  talk  about  faith  with   someone  who’s  not  generally  accepted  or  included  by  other  people.  It’s  so  easy  to  talk   to  Christians  –  firstly  because  I  was  one,  and  also  because  I  believe  that  I’m  a  Muslim   but  I  wouldn’t  be  the  Muslim  that  I  am  now  without  my  Christian  heritage  and   upbringing.  That’s  very  much  influenced  the  Muslim  I  am.     What  sort  of  things  would  you  post  on  which  social  media  platforms?     I  use  Facebook  primarily  for  family  and  friends,  whereas  with  Twitter  I  think  I  have   about  5,000  followers  now  –  and  I  think  I’m  more  active  on  Twitter  than  I  am  on   Facebook.  That’s  where  I  would  share…  I  talk  about  politics  a  lot  and  religion.  And  how   they  sometimes  intertwine  –  for  better  or  worse.  And  also,  I’ve  always  been   uncomfortable  with  being  ‘evangelical’  –  speaking  about  my  faith  in  order  to  try  and   persuade  someone  to  have  the  same  belief  as  me,  so  even  as  a  Christian…  I’ve  never   been  comfortable  with  that,  and  as  a  Muslim  that  has  continued.  And  so  I  don’t   necessarily  talk  about  faith  in  an  always  positive  way  because  I  think  it’s  important  to   talk  about  faith  and  religion  in  all  the  different  ways  –  so  how  religion  can  be  abused,   how  people  can  get  power  with  religion,  or  how  it  can  be  used  as  a  force  for  good  in   society.  And  I  find  that  people  appreciate  someone  of  faith  sharing  the  difficulties  of   religion  and  also  the  not-­‐so-­‐attractive  side  of  religion  –  and  maybe  distinguishing   between  faith  and  religion  as  well.  Organised  religion,  or  the  traditions  of  religion  –  and   then  personal  faith.  A  lot  of  people  find  my  tweets  beneficial  for  that  reason  –  that  I’m   not  trying  to  rose-­‐tint  religion  or  trying  to  make  my  own  faith  look  better  than   someone  else’s.  That’s  sort  of  a  philosophy  I  have  when  I  tweet.     It  sounds  that  your  experience  as  a  Muslim  woman  expressing  these  issues  of  faith,   politics,  religion,  feminism  online  –  has  been  broadly  positive?     Yes,  and  I’m  surprised  by  that  to  be  honest.  I  really  feel  that  I  should  be  getting  a  lot   more  hatred  online  than  I  do.  I  don’t  know  why  I  don’t.  I  know  I  only  have  5,000   followers  but  I  really  feel  that  I  should  get  more  than  I  do.  As  you  say,  I’m  a  feminist  –   which  causes  its  own  problems.  I’m  visibly  Muslim,  because  I  also  wear  a  hijab.  I’m  very  

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...