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 them. As a response, Muslims have striven to organise themselves...

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 symbol of the movement) protests against the rising price of...

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

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 favour of a reform of French Islam without any impact...

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...

Five members of Roubaix jihadist group sentenced to prison

Five people were sentenced Friday, November 9 in Paris to sentences ranging from two years suspended time to seven years in prison for their participation in the Roubaix jihadist network. More than a dozen...

German Evangelical Church conducts survey, ponders stance on Islam

The Social Science Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has published a new study titled “Islam and Muslims in Germany: The population’s view”. Just over 2000 respondents were questioned on the phone...

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...

Sinead O’Connor’s embrace of Islam leads to debate on conversions as an ‘existential threat’...

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...

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