Video: Professor Jocelyne Cesari speaks at the World Muslim Leadership Forum

Watch Professor Jocelyne Cesari speak at the World Muslim Leadership Forum at Lambeth Palace in London, on December 6 2018.  In her talk, she explained why Islam does not reform and discussed the historical and political reasons for the growing fear of Islam in the...

Anti-Semitism raises condemnation, interfaith, and other other concerns.

In the midst of heightened discussions on anti-Semitism, its rise, and the importance of eradicating it, we see a number of strands related to this being raised in the British Muslim community. In May 2018, a group called ‘Muslims against Anti-Semitism’ took out a full...

‘2018 American Values Survey’ reveals religious and racial divides

A survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, titled '2018 American Values Survey', has looked at a range of issues surrounding the 2018 US mid term elections, including how issues are prioritised by voters, views on President Trump, views on the effect of having...

“He was there with his heart and soul”: The mother of a German ‘foreign...

In 2014 and 2015, European publics were kept in suspense by daily press reports on the rising numbers of European citizens travelling to Syria in order to join jihadi groups (and, to a lesser...

Islamic feminism in Germany: A contested terrain

As Germany’s politicians ceaselessly question Islam’s place in the country, more and more Muslims take issue with being side-lined in these public debates: it is a discussion about them rather than a conversation with...

French “gilets jaunes” and racist acts: isolated incidents or defining features of the movement?

Genesis of the movement: protestation against the rising price of fuel and the government policy: Beginning first on the internet, the “gilets jaunes” movement (a reference to the yellow safety jackets which are used as...

President Macron has announced a reform of French laicite: What does it mean for...

Revealed in November by L’Opinion , the announcement by President Emmanuel Macron, to reform the 1905 law of separation of Church and state  is a turning point in his policy  towards religions. Originally in...

Former German Green Party chairman co-founds initiative for ‘secular Muslims’ together with anti-Islam pundits

In the coming weeks, a new instalment of Germany’s controversial Islam Conference (Deutsche Islam Konferenz, DIK) will take place under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The DIK functions as a...

Free choice and its discontents: Germany debates Muslim women’s attire

What is the meaning of the religious attire worn by some Muslim women? Are hijab and niqab hallmarks of the retrograde nature of Islam? Do they signal radicalisation and submission to male patriarchy –...

Terror attack in Melbourne’s central business district triggers blame-shifting debate about terrorist attacks

On 11 November, Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali – aged 30 – drove his burning utility vehicle down Bourke Street into the centre of Melbourne’s central business district. Filled with barbecue-style gas cylinders, Shire...

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