The election of two Muslim congresswomen due to the “Trump Effect”, and other reactions.

Two Muslim women have been elected to Congress in the United States’ 2018 mid-term  elections. Ilhan Omar, 37, is a Somali-American who won in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. She immigrated with her family to the US under a resettlement programme when she was 14, after fleeing...

Sinead O’Connor’s embrace of Islam leads to debate on conversions as an ‘existential threat’ to the West and further controversy

Sinead O Connor’s conversion to Islam has also lead to a number of negative reactions. Christian Theologian John Milibank took aim at O’Connor’s conversion when he tweeted: “Sinead O’Connor’s conversion suggest that Houillebecq has it right. Liberals will embrace an authoritarianism to escape their own...

Streetwork against Salafism: German civil society counter-radicalisation activism

In recent years, civil society-led efforts to prevent Muslim youths’ turn to Salafism have intensified. Often described in terms of ‘preventing violent extremism’ (PVE) or ‘preventing radicalisation’, many of these projects have attracted generous funding by state agencies. Germany is perhaps the paradigmatic case of...

‘Towards the Islamic front’: A Dutch Calvinist party’s anti-Muslim turn

On November 1, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion that children visiting mosques as part of school outings must not be compelled to pray according to Muslim rite. The motion, which the government must...

Sinead O’Connor’s conversion to Islam evokes congratulatory response from Muslims

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam on twitter, and had changed her name to Shuhada’. The news has lead to mainly congratulatory responses from Muslims. A press release...

Muslim community reaction to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting one of solidarity and support

The mass shooting incident at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left eleven people dead and six people wounded on Saturday, has lead to a flurry of Muslim-driven initiatives expressing solidarity and...

French politicians react to UNHCR panel opposition to niqab ban

The United Nations Human Rights Council has said France's face veil ban is a violation of women's rights, as it called for a review of the "sweeping" legislation. The body found that the French...

Ahmadiyya mounts new campaign ‘We are all Germany’

With roughly 10 to 20 million members, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (AMJ) comprises only one per cent of the worldwide Muslim population. The Ahmadiyya's growth in Germany In Germany, too, the Ahmadiyya represents roughly 1 out...

Divided by politics, united by the concept of ‘integration’: Two authors’ books cause debate...

For years, ‘integration’ has been an omnipresent concept in Germany’s public debates on immigration and Islam. Even more so than in other European countries, this notion reigns hegemonic in the German context - even...

Report sheds light on the harmful globalisation of countering violent extremism policies

A report by Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes “brings much needed attention to the global deployment of increasingly standardized policies countering violent extremism”.

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