Will Muezzin Call for Prayer in Cologne?

Cologne's non affiliated mayor, Henriette Reker, made headlines across Germany in October 2021 for granting Muslim congregations permission to call for the midday Friday prayer. The initiative is currently limited to two years. This is not the first agreement of this kind:  In...

Germany’s Muslims Find Fewer Reasons to Vote

Around 5.5 million Muslims live in Germany (Source). Approximately half of these have a German passport and around 1.5 million of these are over the age of 18, making them eligible to vote. Overall, the number of eligible voters with a migrant...

The Taliban in Kabul: What does it mean for Refugee Policies in Europe

August 31, 2021, marked the deadline set by the US and NATO to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan after a two-decade long military presence. In the wake of this decision, the...

Enforcing the French law against “Islamic Separatism”: Consequences on religious freedom

The law aimed at safeguarding French “republican principles” and fighting "Islamic separatism" was approved by the French National Assembly on July 23, 2021, after months of debates about its limitation of freedom...

ISIS Returnees Face Sentencing in Germany

Female returnees who once swore allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently made the headlines in Germany. A first one, who was not identified by name or given an...

Teaching Islam in Spanish schools: an ongoing debate

For the first time, Islamic religious education has been offered as an elective course in public schools in Catalonia, an autonomous community in north-eastern Spain, during the academic year 2020-2021. Despite Catalonia...

UK Labour Party Under Fire for Readmitting Trevor Phillips after His Suspension for Alleged...

In March 2020, Trevor Philipps, the former politician and ex-chairman for the European and Human Rights Commission, was suspended by the UK Labour Party pending an investigation into allegations of Islamophobic statements1....

Islamophobia in Scotland: New Findings

A report on the first public inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland has been released by the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, in collaboration with Newcastle University Professor Peter Hopkins. The inquiry was...

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