Islam

Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: "But where is the famous university?" In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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Muslim leader 'pleasantly surpised' by Hebdo poll

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

The co-chair of a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group said he was "pleasantly surprised" by a poll of UK Muslims, which found that 27 per cent sympathised with the motives of the Charlie Hebdo killers and 11 per cent believed that publishers deserved to be attacked for depicting images of Mohammed.

The survey of 1,000 UK Muslims also found that eight per cent of respondents knew people who strongly su

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Mixed reaction over 'Muslim peace circle'

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 26, 2015

News that over 1,000 Muslims formed a "peace circle" around an Oslo synagogue on Saturday has attracted both praise and scepticism.

Billed as an act of solidarity with Norway's Jews after the Copenhagen attack, the initiative was celebrated on social media and by some Jewish leaders.

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27 per cent UK Muslims sympathise with motives of Charlie Hebdo killers, poll reveals

By Naomi Firsht, February 25, 2015

Almost a quarter of British Muslims said acts of violence could be justified against those publishing images of Mohammed.

According to a survey commissioned by Radio 4’s Today programme, over 27 per cent said they felt they could sympathise with the motives of the gunmen who murdered the Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris

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Chief Rabbi addresses Welsh Muslims

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was guest of honour at a Muslim dinner for the first time last night, when he gave the keynote speech to the Muslim Council of Wales.

Addressing an audience of 400 in Cardiff which included Lesley Griffith, Communities Minister of the Welsh Assembly, he emphasised his commitment to Muslim-Jewish co-operation and called for greater dialogue in challenging times.

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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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