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Islam and the West

Supreme Court Decision Should Have Been Corrective To the Religiously and Islamophobically Produced Muslim Ban
Hatem Bazian

The national atmosphere has been poisoned by an anti-immigrant, xenophobic and Islamophobic political and hostile public discourses that will take time, resources and organizing to undo. The examples of earlier communities that faced similar circumstances should be studied and a national and international effort should be undertaken to change the landscape in the country....

 

Reach Beyond the Otherness of Islam and See the Muslim World Not As Demonic or Exotic but As a Variant of the European Experience
Kenan Malik

Look closely at figures of the Virgin Mary and Joseph, and you will notice something odd. Their halos feature Arabic script. That might seem sacrilege in a Christian religious painting. Yet as a new exhibition in Florence, at the Uffizi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, sets out to show, such cultural and religious cross-dressing was common at the time. Entitled “Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th Century”, the show explores “the knowledge, exchange, dialogue and mutual influence that existed between the arts of east and west”.

Religious Freedom Is Something to Be Fought For, It Should Be Fought For Dismantling Systems of Xenophobia, And Islamophobia
Dr. Maha Hilal

For Muslims, it is imperative to think critically about the narrative around religious freedom, because what is being denied is not simply freedom to practice faith. It’s the freedom to immigrate, to be free from surveillance, to be free from detention, to be free from torture, and to be free from literally being killed. This issue goes far beyond what our religious or spiritual beliefs are; it is about being able to simply exist....

 

Islam Has Always Been a Part of America:  Muslims Provide a Litmus Test for the Civil Rights of All U.S. Believers
John Nichols

“In the formation of the American ideal and principles of what we consider to be exceptional American values, Muslims were, at the beginning, the litmus test for whether the reach of American constitutional principles would include every believer, every kind, or not,” said Spellberg. This able historian reminds us that “Muslims once again provide a litmus test for the civil rights of all U.S. believers.”....

 

What If, Your Wife Is a Practising Muslim, and Your Name Is Jihad
Rebecca Seales

Imagine you're at a busy airport, somewhere in Europe or the US. You're meeting your wife after work and flying off for a mini-break. She's running late, so you sit down in a coffee shop to wait. Soon you're lost in thought, so you don't see your beloved waving from across the terminal. How can she get your attention? Shouting your name would work. But if she does that, bystanders will panic. Security will circle. Your law-abiding missus could be taken to a stark side-room and interrogated for hours....

 

EU Won't Be Re-Christianized Anytime Soon, Neither Will Poland Be Islamised
Daniel Pipes

What are the long-term implications of excluding Muslim migrants? That Poland avoids Western Europe's looming crisis. As countries, starting with Italy, try to control their borders and expel illegal migrants, tension, insurrection, and violence will follow. In contrast, Poland (and its former Soviet-bloc neighbours) will sit out that crisis and may take in expatriates from Western Europe. Though those expatriates head primarily to Australia, Canada, and the United States, Poland might soon – given its proximity, personal security, and inexpensive cost-of-living – become an attractive destination, especially for pensioners and for Jews, singled out as targets in Europe's West but increasingly safe in Poland....

 

An inside Look at the American Roots of ISIS’s Virtual Caliphate
Mark Habeeb

Another important innovation by RM was using social media 2.0. That is, going beyond web pages to develop a presence on sites such as YouTube (RM had its own YouTube channel), Google Groups and Blip.tv. Morton claimed RM was “the first jihadist group in the English language and the West to access all the social media sites” as well as the first such group to publish an English-language magazine....

 

Migrants and Europe: A Dangerous New Mood Stalks the EU As Liberals Heed the Panic Sowed By Populists
Daniel Trilling

This has implications not only for the rights of migrants, but for the shape that our politics will take in years to come. The most extreme of these leaders are trying to use the issue of migration to push a vision of the nation based on ethnic privilege and defined in opposition to racialised outsiders, be they Muslims, or unspecified dark-skinned “migrants” or indeed Roma....

 

Travel Ban:  Religious Animus Has Rarely Been So Publicly Observed
Safa K. Syed

As a presidential candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. Yet, unlike in Abercrombie, the court seems unwilling to look at Trump’s intent to infer discrimination. Instead, the court is allowing the government’s peripheral arguments to sweep Muslim civil rights under the rug....

I have a new name, refugee. And everybody, openly or privately, feels I am a burden. But no one understands or, at least, tries to understand that I shouldn’t be blamed for being that. Remember, my friend, no one enjoys leaving the land on which he grows. We left our motherland because we didn’t want to die....

 

Not All Terrorism Is Islamist, and Not All Islamists Come From Muslim-Majority States, Mr. President
Bret Stephens

I have just listed the 14 most significant terrorist attacks (or attempts) in the U.S. in the last quarter-century. Your travel ban would have done nothing to prevent any of them. Nor would it do anything to prevent future attacks, even if it were widely expanded. A blanket prohibition on Muslim immigrants of the sort you proposed during the campaign might be more effective, but it surely would be ruled unconstitutional....

 

Spirit of Reform Is the Lesson from London for Islamic Nations
Ed Husain

Today, more than 600,000 Muslims live in London. Every Muslim country wishes to invest in the capital and send its youth to our schools and universities. Here, gay or straight, man or woman, atheist or believer, all have recourse to the law as equals. Our Arab friends will be tourists here this summer and strengthen our economy....

 

Supreme Court’s Approach to Measuring Religious Discrimination Has Shifted: It Has One Standard for Christians and another for Muslims
Safa K. Syed

Clearly, the Supreme Court’s approach to measuring religious discrimination has shifted. It could be, as Linda Greenhouse has argued in these pages, that the court has one standard for Christians and another for Muslims. The court’s approach is even at odds with its previous protection of Muslims in Abercrombie and Holt v. Hobbs, a 2015 case in which the court ruled unanimously that a Muslim prisoner was legally entitled to grow a beard. What else might explain this change?...

Trump’s Bigoted Actions Denigrating Muslims Are Well Known, yet the US Supreme Court Decided That None of That Matter
Moustafa Bayoumi

This administration revels in novel ways of transforming cruelty into locked-and-loaded patriotism. And now they’ve got the Supreme Court’s approval behind them. Make no mistake. This decision expands presidential authority significantly and the results could be ominous. The future of this country is far too important for us to let them succeed....

 

It Is Important To End the Human Suffering That Is Causing Refugee Crisis, with Solidarity and Compassion
Maha Akeel

Of the world’s 25.4 million refugees, just over a fifth are Palestinians under the care of the UN Relief and Works Agency. Of the remainder, for whom the UNHCR is responsible, two-thirds come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. An end to conflict in any one of these has the potential to significantly influence the wider global displacement picture, according to the report....

 

The Immigrants Deported to Death and Violence
John Cassidy

Although there has been a spike in the number of asylum seekers in recent months, the overall number of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States from Mexico and other Latin American countries is significantly lower than it was a decade ago. There is no “crisis” at the southern border, except the humanitarian one of Trump’s own making. Trump’s picture of the United States being swamped—or, in his words, “infested”—by Latino migrants is a fantasy that he concocted to whip up the racial fears and antipathies of his core supporters.....

 

United States Promoting Some Sort Of Reform Of Islam As A Tool Of Foreign Policy Is A Horrendous Idea
Mehdi Hasan

“Calling for an Islamic reformation has very little to do with what Muslims are or are not doing in terms of reform,” added Green. “It’s a distraction. As long as we focus on what Muslims need to be doing, we don’t need to do any self-examination of our own foreign policy and our role in the rise of violent extremism abroad.”....

 

Muslims Are Viewed Far Less Favourably Than Racial or Sexual Minorities in America
The Economist

Mr Trump’s political rise coincided with an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the United States—though this trend could have been caused by factors other than the president’s rhetoric. According to figures from the FBI, racially-motivated incidents against Muslims doubled from 2014 to 2016....

 

From Hungary to France, far-right nationalists are winning elections or gaining new ground across Europe. Here is a quick primer on some of the populist leaders from across the continent, what they believe, and what they have done or want to do....

 

For The Palestinians, It Is a Politics of Human Sacrifice —To American Liberals
Jim Kavanagh

It’s past time for American progressives to clearly and unequivocally decide and declare which side they are on. It’s time for professedly humanitarian, egalitarian, pro-human rights, anti-racist, and free-speech progressives to express their support of the Palestinian struggle—on social media, in real-life conversation, and on the street. It’s time to firmly reject the hypocritical discourse of those who would have been belittling any expression of sorrow and outrage over Emmet Till, Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, and the four black schoolgirls killed in Birmingham...

 

Training to Hate Muslims: Every Paper Target I Shot Was a Muslim, Every Bit of Hand-To-Hand Combat; It Was Other Soldiers Dressed Up Like Muslims
Steve Hendrix

Muslims, though, were a big deal. Seeing an attacker beneath every Niqab wasn’t just self-protection, it was training. “Every paper target I ever shot was a Muslim,” Buckley said. “Every bit of bayonet training or hand-to-hand combat, it was other soldiers dressed up like Muslims.” The hatred outlasted the uniform....

 

ISIS or ISIL Came To Be Called the ‘Islamic State’ In Western Media, Not Without Significance
Zafar Bangash

Regardless of the exact date of Osama’s death, once the Americans officially announced his removal from the scene, there was need for another bogeyman to continue the so-called war on terror. This is nothing but a war on Islam but this time Western think tanks and policy-makers came up with a more enduring strategy. When an individual dies or is killed, he is removed from the scene permanently. An organization is much more enduring and complicated, hence the idea of the “Islamic State.”....

 

Apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel after the Gaza Massacre
Dr Gideon Polya

The latest Israeli Gaza Massacre in which Apartheid Israeli soldiers shot and killed 116 unarmed Palestinian protesters and wounded 13,000, has divided the world into 2 camps, (1) the Good, those who have variously reacted with horror, condemnation and demands for action against the Israeli perpetrators, and (2) the Bad, those whose responses have been to support the perpetrators or have been otherwise deficient. Decent anti-racist people around the world have been galvanized by these latest Gaza Massacres to urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions....

 

As Palestinians Were Getting Killed In Gaza, World Leaders Switched To Their Usual Doublespeak
Andrew Mitrovicaby

Given this lethal equation, it’s Palestinians who have demonstrated remarkable resiliency, purpose and “restraint”. Indeed, “restraint” has never been part of the Israeli army’s lexicon. The countless dead and scarred Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank are an undeniable testament to that fact....

 

Britain Is Fully Quran-Compliant, and It Has Been Since the Elizabethan Era
Ed Husain

In all the agonising about Islamism, and what to do about it, it would be a mistake to forget a very useful fact: that Britain has a special relationship with Islam and has done for centuries. The friendship with Islam is unique....

 
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