Opinion Piece

What is a Freedom Struggle? Kashmir in Focus

Professor Khurshid Ahmad writes, “The freedom movement of Kashmir was started in 1931.In spite of the fact that 500000 people have sacrificed their lives,thousands have become homeless and suffered heavy losses of their property; this movement is still continued with … read more

News

Anwar Ibrahim’s prison visitor

Nile Bowie in asiatimes.com, “. . . [Malaysian Prime Minister ] Najib [Razak] and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s surprise visit last month to jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in hospital after he underwent surgery for a shoulder injury. It was … read more

Interfaith

Biblical Studies: new find

news.utexas.edu reports, ‘The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin . . . The ancient … read more

Books

Fawzi Al-Qawuqji, a little-known Palestinian leader

Victoria Brittain,  launching the sixth annual Palestine Book Awards ceremony in London on the wintry evening of 24 November, observed that the venture was a collaboration of academics-cum-activists and small publishers, for whom “books and education are Resistance”.  A fitting … read more

Featured Videos

Amal Kassir

The Muslim on the airplane – Amal Kassir

Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, … read more

Islamicate Archives

The desolate King

Anbarasan Ethirajan in bbc.co.uk “For more than a century the last Mughal emperor was almost forgotten – but a chance finding of his grave helped resurrect the legacy of a man revered as a Sufi saint and one of the … read more

Muslims in Britain

Paul Waugh in huffingtonpost.co.uk, “. . . Home Secretary Amber Rudd has distanced herself from an extreme Hindu nationalist who was hosted in Parliament by a Tory MP. Tapan Ghosh, who has called all Muslims ‘Jihadis’ and defended the genocide of the … read more

Announcements

Tunisian Politics

Hebba Saleh in the Financial Times 25th September 2017, ” Azza Baaziz used to be afraid every time she stepped out of the car at night with her French husband in Tunisia, her home country. The teacher feared that police … read more

Biographies

Remembering Ahmed Timol

Sipho Mabena in timelive.co.za, “Pretoria High Court Judge Billy Mothle has ruled that activist Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide but was brutally tortured and pushed from the 10th floor of the notorious John Vorster Square police building in October … 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

Events

Remembering Balfour in London, 100 years on

Middle East Monitor reports, ‘ The grey weather did not deter the hundreds of attendees who arrived early on Saturday [7 October]  morning at the British Library in London to attend MEMO’s conference to commemorate 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. … read more

Ideas

The ‘British Islam’ project

Extracts from the CoolnessofHind blog Deformation of Islam and the neo-conservative threat to society, ‘. . . In Britain, as well as other states around the world, imperialism has transitioned from colonialism, through the globalised, epistemologically Western human rights discourse, to its … 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