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Rejecting Narratives: Data, Islam and Terrorism

This is a cross-post from anonymous mugwump
The Year of the Monkey
(As always, footnotes and bibliography are at the bottom of the post). Many of my friends in my ‘ideological camp’ do not seem too pleased with the rise of Vox, 538 and The Monkey Cage. I applaud it as an open break from some of the worst journalism we see. [...]

David Goodhart on ‘Conservative Muslims, Liberal Britain’

Last night’s Analysis (BBC Radio 4) explored the tensions between more conservative sections of the Muslim community and ‘liberal Britain’. Demos’s David Goodhart approached the topic robustly – listen, for example, to where he expresses scepticism about the claim that finding out more about Islam is going to make people feel more positively about it [...]

It’s like watching a Harry’s Place thread on TV

On Bill Maher’s HBO show, (from left) New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, actor/director Ben Affleck, Maher and neuroscientist/author Sam Harris discuss Islam, Islamic extremism, anti-Muslim bigotry, Islamophobia, etc.

It all sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?
Affleck may be an excellent actor/director, but he comes across as a rather ill-informed [...]

Critics of Muslim extremism need to learn – ‘radical’ isn’t the same as ‘terrorist’

This is a guest post by Mehrdad Amanpour
I’d never heard of Brigitte Gabriel nor Saba Ahmed until a couple of days ago when I saw a clip of Gabriel’s impassioned attack on ‘Muslim lobbyist’ Ahmed.
Gabriel’s point is pretty much distilled here:
“Of course the majority of [Muslims] are peaceful people. The radicals are estimated to be [...]

Qasim Rashid’s ‘Extremist’

In his Youtube taxonomy of commenters on Islam, Klingschor includes the category of ‘Muslim apologist’.  My main reservation about the video was his rather negative portrayal of this (varied) group. I might agree with his conclusion – that academic scholars of Islam are the very best authorities on the religion – but while some ‘apologists’ [...]

On Muslim feminism – and indigenous science

Two recent articles, in quite different contexts, take issue with the idea that certain ideas might have a universal application. The first, ‘British Muslim women don’t need the West’s version of feminism, ok?’, is written by a Muslim woman, Shelina Zahra Janmohamed , who rejects what she calls ‘the West’s version of feminism’.  She opens with a [...]

Sayeeda Warsi, Winston Churchill and Secularism

This is a cross-post from CEMB Forum
Sayeeda Warsi, the unelected appointee of Prime Minister David Cameron who gave her the portfolio of ‘Minister for Faith’ in the coalition government has made another speech criticising secularism and suggesting that religion should have a privileged place in British politics.
The occasion was the ‘Faith in Politics’ conference at [...]

Wrath of the Multiculturalists

This is a guest post by Jacobinism
On October 8, Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, then-leaders of the English Defence League (EDL), announced that they were leaving the organisation they had founded to work with the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank founded by former members of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Anti-racist and self-styled anti-fascist organisations, [...]

Hype, Hyperrreality, Hyperbole

It seems we now live in a society where Tommy Robinson is regarded as the Messiah., according to Dr Chris Allen:-
Hyperreality is a term that has been used to characterise our inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Those such as Jean Baudrillard have defined hyperreality as being a means of viewing ‘reality by proxy’, one [...]

Forced and underage marriage: three perspectives

Religious commentators are certainly capable of spinning a more benign reading out of unpalatable doctrine – such as those Catholics who can’t quite bring themselves to deny Hell but ingeniously suggest that perhaps, even though it certainly exists, no one is actually there.
There are various ways in which people can grapple with the (contestedly contested) [...]