Islam

The damaging hypocrisy of the foolish Muslim 'Understanders'

By Denis MacShane, January 29, 2015

In German, there is a new word for those ready to explain and justify any and all aspects of Russian President Putin's behavior. They are called the "Putinversteher" – literally, the Putin understanders. These people are not quite apologists or appeasers for the Russian leader and his behaviour.

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Time to talk candidly about our real values

By John Ware, January 22, 2015

The letter to 1,100 Muslim leaders from Eric Pickles was just the kind of warm embrace one might expect from the Secretary of State charged with promoting community cohesion:

"Assalamu Alaikum" his letter began, the "great faith" of Islam had been "hijacked" by terrorists who were "an affront to Islam".

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Protection is not enough. We need the courage to tackle this evil in our midst

By Maajid Nawaz, January 15, 2015

Until last week's attacks in Paris, the assumption had been that homegrown jihadist extremism was no longer operationally capable; that any attack would be a pale shadow of what al Qaeda was once able to plan in the heart of Europe.

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Veil of euphemism around Islam and its bigots must now be lifted

By Alan Johnson, January 15, 2015

In his autobiography, the much-maligned Tony Blair wrote that after 9/11 he thought the problem was only with a small number of crazies who had nothing to do with real Islam. But over time he came to understand that he was mistaken.

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How Moses looks in Islamic eyes

By Sina Cohen, December 26, 2014

It seems as though Hollywood just can’t get enough of the Torah these days.

With Noah only recently being a box office hit, the latest attempt at biblical commercialism, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is due for release here today. The same director who brought us the epic battle sequences of Gladiator, Ridley Scott, has now attempted a faithful translation of the Exodus story to the big screen.

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Pope's Islam message

December 4, 2014

Pope Francis has called for Muslim leaders around the world to speak out against terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

In a press conference on board a flight back to Rome from Turkey, the Pope said that such a move would help dispel the stereotype of Islam as a violent faith.

The pontiff denounced people who say that "all Muslims are terrorists".

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Less backing for Islamic extremism and religious violence

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

Support for Islamic extremism and suicide bombings is down in countries with significant Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Centre.

The survey, released this week, shows that support for suicide bombings has dropped by 16 per cent in the Palestinian territories over the past year - from 62 per cent to 46 per cent.

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How should non-Jewish prophets be viewed?

By Sina Cohen, June 22, 2014

Long gone are the days when Jewish prophets would appear in our communities with a message and a mission from God. The sight of a tall, bearded man draped in robes, galloping through Golders Green Road on his white horse, we just don't see that happen.

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Across the Jewish, Muslim, Christian religious divide

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this absorbing book is that its very existence proves Jews, Muslims and Christians can.

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Tony Blair: Islamism is the biggest challenge

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair has accused the West of failing to recognise the scale of the dangers posed by radical Islam.

Speaking in London in Wednesday, Mr Blair said that an extremist version of Islam is driving the turmoil in the Middle East, which is now the world’s biggest security challenge.

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