Ideas

Remembering Shariati (1933-77)

Janius Banaji writes on FB:  Looking at him you’d scarcely guess that this suave figure inspired a whole generation of Iranian youth to turn to radical Left politics which included the kind of insurrectionary politics associated then with the Mojahedin-e … read more

News

On Barcelona

Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, ‘Europe has endured seven acts of vehicle terrorism in the past year, and the Barcelona killer was apparently able just to walk away. What on earth can be done? Events yesterday in Calatonia suggest that, … read more

Biographies

Algerian Scholar Ali Merad

Ali Merad, the Algerian historian who spent much of his professional life in France,  passed away in Lyons on 23 May 2017 at the age of 86. Ali Merad was born in Laghouat, Southern Algeria, in 1930, completing his graduate … read more

Muslims in Britain

A bold step in fraught times

In September 2015, Citizens UK, under the leadership of its Executive Director Neil Jameson,  took the forward-thinking step of establishing a Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life. Between October 2015 and January 2017, the Commission – headed by … read more

Islamophobia

Islamophobia mounts in UK

A dossier on media-reported incidents of Islamophobia in recent weeks Bacon ‘slap’, Enfield;  machete threat, Cardiff, 30 June; acid attacks, 29 June; Oxford Eid prayer incident, 27 June; Essex incident, 26 June; Hudderfield incident, 24 June, Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury … read more

EU News

Teenage asylum seeker blameless

BBC reports, ‘A Syrian teenager arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack in Berlin has been released after no incriminating evidence was found. The 17-year-old asylum seeker was arrested in the Uckermark region, north-east of Berlin, on Tuesday. Police … read more

Books

Peter Clark’s ‘Damascus Diaries’

Book Review In the Syria that was  Damascus Diaries, Life Under the Assads by Peter Clark Gilgamesh Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 978-190853135-3 393 Pages               Peter Clark, best known as the founding father of Pickthallian … read more

Featured Videos

Fatima Manji Channel 4 News Journalist, on surviving a media firestorm

Fatima Manji, Channel 4 news journalist, on surviving a media firestorm and what happens when racism, sexism and Islamophobia collide. The talk was chaired by Nosheen Iqbal, The Guardian’s Women’s Editor. —– Women of the World festival 2017 WOW celebrates … read more

Blogs

For Christ’s sake?

Christian extremism on display – will it be called Christianist violence (apro pos the much bandied term ‘Islamic violence?). Of course not, because it will be said that one should take a holistic view of a religion’s teachings! Here is an unsavoury … read more

Opinion Piece

Professor Niyazi Eruslu – why under detention?

Professor Niyazi Eruslu, the founding Rector of Yalova University near Istanbul, has been held in detention in the aftermath of the coup attempt of 15 August 2016. While President Erdogan deserves to be much admired for his statesmanship, boldness and … read more

Islamicate Archives

Ghada Karmi: Remembering Balfour

Writing to the Editor of the Guardian, Britain’s colonial past is indeed still with us and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Next year will mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration, a colonial document whose consequences were … read more