Religion

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

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The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Why no one’s protesting about anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali coming to Australia

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Consider this: What do you think would happen if word went around that Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who campaigns against both Islam and immigration, was coming back to… Andrew Masterson The Age Last time he was here – in 2012 – he was the subject of protests and calls for a visa ban, and since then he’s… Why no one’s… Read More »

Why are some black Africans considered white Americans?

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Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. Hind Makki Al Jazeera News I always knew I was black. My childhood was… Why are some… Read More »

Can John Locke Save Political Islam?

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Modern Islam will need a Locke, or someone like him, in its own hour of crisis. Joseph Loconte The National Interest “I NO sooner perceived myself in the world,” wrote English philosopher John Locke, “than I found myself in a storm.” Locke was referring… Can John Locke… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

Islamophobia - Daily Sabah

As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

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US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

How to Lose a Country: Henry David Thoreau, the Politics of Nature and the Citizenship of Fear

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Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University. Jedediah Purdy ABC His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. “I have lived for… How to Lose… Read More »

Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey

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Turkey is a country with diverse beliefs. Its religious diversity, however, is neither acknowledged nor appreciated. Alev Dudek Forbes Instead, the country is portrayed to be homogenous, with a 99.8% Islamic population, a number that is rather more determined by the compulsory note (“Islam”) in government-issued identification documents and the… Religious Diversity And… Read More »

Religion can make us more environmentally friendly – or not

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You might think that being religious would make you more likely to care about the natural world. Niki Rust BBC News But the truth is not so simple. Eight out of 10… Religion can make… Read More »

Why Americans Shouldn’t Normalize The Hijab

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The endgame of hijab culture in Islam is totalitarian. Luma Simms The Federalist For all their talk of ‘renegades,’ Playboy and The Huffington Post are hawking the banal conformity of this age: Anything but Western Christendom. In an article on… Why Americans Shouldn’t… Read More »

US-based Turkish businessman urges solid action against Islamophobia

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Murat Güzel, a Turkish-American businessman, has urged officials to take more concrete action against Islamophobia and its negative repercussions, while highlighting the need for strengthening U.S.-Turkey relations for a more effective fight against Daesh terrorists. Daily Sabah Güzel made the remarks while addressing the annual convention of the “innovative” wing of the U.S. Democratic Party, on Sunday. Attending the meeting of… US-based Turkish businessman… Read More »

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

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The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic. Roj Amedi The Saturday Paper Once basic values of human life and human rights are eroded by propaganda and falsehoods, society becomes accustomed to performing and entrenching oppression. The voices of… Systematic racism, dehumanisation… Read More »

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

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“God, Buddha — where are they?” asks Aera magazine. Michael Hoffman The Japan Times At the Cafe de Monku, is one answer. It’s a good… Does contemporary Japan… Read More »

Israel: An inspiration for Trump

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Israel has set a great example of racist bans and walls for Trump to follow. Yasmeen Elkhoudary Al Jazeera News The past week has been distressingly sad, following the outrageous news coming from the United States featuring Muslims who are affected by President Donald Trump’s racist Muslim ban. Reading about the… Israel: An inspiration… Read More »

Why Donald Trump Is Right – And Brave – To Get Rid Of The Johnson Amendment

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When the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie asked worshippers at St Paul’s Cathedral in a service intended to mark Britain’s victory in the Falklands War to pray for the dead of both sides, the right wing erupted in fury. Ruth Gledhill Christian Today His sermon was seen as meddling in politics and an attack on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. If Britain had its… Why Donald Trump Is… Read More »