islam

  • 13 Apr 2011

    The first steps in a legal challenge to the French ban on face coverings have already been taken. Twelve Muslim women were arrested outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, apparently for an unauthorised protest rather than for wearing the niqab - ten of the twelve were not wearing it.

  • 16 Mar 2011

    Peter Tatchell has withdrawn support for East London Gay Pride after reports that some of the organisers have links to the far-right English Defence League (EDL).

  • 7 Mar 2011

    Religion changes and mutates. Some of these religious mutations can be positively harmful in a changing Middle East. But other religious innovations can help religion accommodate itself to modernity, says Ahmad Sadri. It doesn’t matter whether a society has or does not have religion per se. What is important is what kind of religion or irreligion pervades in that society.

  • 24 Feb 2011

    Religious state and non-state authorities have entered into a discussion about the legitimacy of political resistance, says Malika Zeghal. Al-Azhar, through the presence of some of its members in Tahrir Square, has shown its relevance to the recent political mobilization and has asserted its role in shaping a narrative of hope against tyranny.

  • 5 Feb 2011

    Millions took to the streets in Egypt yesterday, with scenes of violence giving way to the sight of people praying and Muslims joining arms with Christians.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Western stereotypes frequently cast Muslims as either "good" (quietist) or "bad" political, with Sufis wholly identified with the former camp, says Omid Safi. This dichotomy ignores a third group of Muslims: Those who, whether mystically inclined or not, want to neither destroy the world nor acquiesce to the wishes of the Empire, but rather seek to redeem the world by speaking truth to power.

  • 1 Feb 2011

    AltMuslim, a very stimulating US/UK website that offers global perspectives on Muslim life, politics and culture, has been reflecting on some of the lessons of the largely unarmed revolution in Tunisia last month (January 2011).

  • 27 Jan 2011

    The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, says a new, comprehensive report from the Pew Research Center.

  • 23 Dec 2010

    In an interview with ENInews, the president of the National Secular Society says the government is "burying it head in the sand" over fundamentalist Islam.

  • 23 Nov 2010

    The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has suspended ("withdrawn from public ministry" in church speak) the Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, over remarks he made on Facebook about the engagement of Kate Middleton and William Windsor. Whatever view you or I take of the monarchy, the Church of England or the opinions of Pete Broadbent, this news raises some worrying questions.