Rashida Tlaib’s victory as the first Muslim woman elected to Congress sparks debate about Islam in the US

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to the US Congress. Her win has highlighted the contested relationship between politics and religion, and especially Islam, in the US, as well as contention in the country regarding the compatibility of Islam with western values and way of life.

Civil society organisations in Germany mobilise against Islamophobic rightward turn

In recent weeks, Mesut Özil’s resignation from Germany’s national football team and the ensuing debate on racism, spearheaded by the #MeTwo hashtag, have galvanised public attention in Germany. Mainstreaming of the far-right This comes as many Muslim and/or anti-racist civil society organisations see themselves at a...

Frenchman Lahcen Gueboudj sentenced to twenty years in prison for joining Islamic State

Judged as belonging to the Islamic State, a 58-year-old Frenchman and a German woman were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad, a sentence equivalent to 20 years. This length of imprisonment is regularly imposed on Westerners who have joined...

Fouad Saanadi, president of the Regional Muslim Council of Aquitane, discusses French government’s territorial...

Mizane.info spoke with Fouad Saanadi, president of the Regional Muslim Council of Aquitaine and founding member of the Center for Action and Prevention Against Radicalization of Individuals (CAPRI). He discussed his opinions on the...

Denmark’s burqa ban is a repeat of so many before it. Will it backfire...

The recent burqa ban introduced in Denmark is the latest manifestation of a recurring pattern of burqa bans in Europe. These bans tend to end up backfiring, so will Denmark’s end up doing the same?

Social and economic marginalisation in European cities is a key factor in radicalisation, sociologist...

In his recent article, the sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar writes that a significant factor in jihadist radicalisation in Europe is the “jihadogenous urban structure”, a type of city district which produces jihadists at a much higher rate than other districts by shaping “the identity of those who are socially excluded and culturally stigmatised”.

Ruling by high court that couple’s nikah falls within scope of UK marriage law...

A recent ruling by the high court that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act could have significant implications for thousands of Muslims in the UK amid an ongoing debate concerning the relationship between UK marriage law and religious ceremonies.

Play exploring the Trojan Horse scandal aims to hear the voices of the Birmingham...

This August, a documentary play based on over two hundred interviews from over ninety witnesses, including some of the teachers, pupils, parents, and governors involved, will explore the Trojan Horse scandal. Its writers say it aims to give a voice to the Muslim community in Birmingham traumatised by the events.

Tell Mama’s annual report: 2017 saw record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents

The Islamophobia monitoring group Tell Mama has reported that 2017 saw a record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse reported. The group’s annual report identified 1,201 verified reports submitted in 2017, representing a rise of 26% from 2016.

Pew Research Center study finds familiarity with Muslims is linked to positive views of...

A Pew Research Center study has observed that “people who say they personally know a Muslim are generally more likely than others to have positive opinions of Muslims and their religion”. Knowing something about Islam (rather than personally knowing a Muslim) is less associated with positive opinions about Muslims and their religion, however.

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