Collomb and Philippe press Muslim leaders to act

At the annual break-fast meal for Ramadan (Iftar) organized by the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in Paris on Tuesday evening, the Minister of the Interior, Gerard Collomb, called on Muslims leaders to act. In a speech of about fifteen minutes, he...

Upcoming Turkish elections reverberate in Germany

Turkey will hold parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24 – roughly one and a half years ahead of schedule. Turkish citizens living abroad can already vote at Turkish consulates prior to that date. In Germany, home of the world’s largest diaspora of Turkish...

Trying to become German: A new book chronicles a man’s lost battle to belong

Germany is, as is well known, home to a large community with Turkish roots, numbering roughly 3 million. Many of them have lived in the country for generations, and roughly half now hold German citizenship – even if the widespread parlance of ‘second-, third-,...

A secular Muslim’s guide to drinking alcohol during Ramadan

Writing in the Washington Post, Khaled Diab offers his guide to drinking alcohol during Ramadan for secular Muslims. While alcohol is considered prohibited by the majority of Muslims, a significant minority of Muslims do consume it, and interestingly, a number of Muslim-majority countries top the global rankings for alcohol consumption, meaning Muslims living in them often outdrink their Western counterparts.

Pew Research Center survey reveals insights into relationship between Christian identity and views regarding...

A survey from the Pew Research Center has reveals insights into the relationship between Christian identity and views regarding religious minorities and immigrants. Christian identity in Europe “is associated with higher levels of negative sentiment towards immigrants and religious minorities” as “self-identified Christians – whether they attend church or not – are more likely than religiously unaffiliated people to express negative views of immigrants, as well as of Muslims and Jews”.

Houria Bouteldja: Feminism after the Tariq Ramadan affair

What are the political effects of the Tariq Ramadan affair? Houria Bouteldja, spokesperson for the Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR), responds to this question and the state of feminist affairs. Below is an excerpt...

New ‘secularism handbook’ distributed in French schools

L'Express recently acquired the revised "handbook of secularism at school" which was  distributed on May 30 to all heads of school. "It's a more developed version, more practical and also maybe more...voluntaristic," than the one...

Ramadan: elementary school offers a midday room for fasting students

The recent decision by Emile Bockstael Elementary School to invite Ramadan students to return home at table time had sparked controversy. Since, the children concerned benefit from specially equipped premises. "I was stopped by a...

Top functionary of Germany’s DİTİB attempts (and fails) to run for the AKP in...

Former DİTİB secretary general, Bekir Alboğa, has announced his intention to run for a seat in Turkey’s parliament in the upcoming June 2018 elections. Alboğa, who had led DİTİB as Secretary General from 2012...

Far-right figurehead, Tommy Robinson, jailed after violating suspended sentence for videoing Muslims

The former leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for thirteen months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video that could prejudice an ongoing trial. His supporters have protested his imprisonment, and Donald Trump Jr. has leant his support to their cause.

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