Islam

A pragmatic Islamism? Wait and see

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

The success of Islamist parties in the relatively free general elections held in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt over the past two months has surprised even those who predicted that they would make major gains.

But is this the first sign of a radical movement that will take over in the region, changing the secular character of these countries' governments?

Egypt, where almost two thirds of the vo

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Islamophobia group relaunched

By Martin Bright, November 24, 2011

A parliamentary group to tackle Islamophobia has been re-launched at Westminster, with the support of MPs from across the political divide.

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Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.

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'Islam now main far-right target'

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

A report into far-right extremism across Europe has found that instances of antisemitism are extremely low and hardline Islamophobia dominates most nationalist groups.

The report by British think-tank Demos is the largest-ever study of online support for populist movements in Europe, and takes in groups such as the English Defence League and the British National Party.

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Terror fatwa Imam fears student hate

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

A leading Muslim peace activist, who proclaimed a fatwa against terrorists, has called on the Orthodox Jewish communities to engage with him.

Dr Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Sufi scholar, who was the keynote speaker at last month's "Peace for Humanity" conference in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Stadium, said he regretted organising the conference on Shabbat, because it had excluded

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Salah lawyer says quotes 'doctored'

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

An Islamic political activist arrested after entering Britain has won the right to seek damages after a High Court judge ruled that his detention had been partially unlawful.

Sheikh Raed Salah was initially detained in London in June after a series of Home Office blunders allowed him to bypass immigration officials, despite being banned from the country.

Lawyers believe the 52-year-old fathe

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Muslims speak up for peace

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

A new, pro-peace Islamic website, which aimed to get one million to sign a manifesto denouncing terrorism, has been repeatedly taken down by cyber attacks.

The website "Peace for Humanity" was launched at Wembley Arena before an audience of 12,000 Muslims last weekend.

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Minister: 'Prepare to work with the Islamists'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

We should prepare for Islamists in government and even Islamist governments in the wake of the Arab Spring, the minister responsible for the Middle East said this week.

Speaking before next week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Alistair Burt said there was a need to distinguish between Islamists who were prepared to support peace within the new democracies and those, such as Hamas

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Banned sheikh's fate mulled

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

A High Court judge is to rule on whether Islamic political activist Raed Salah was detained unlawfully in Britain.

Following a two-day hearing Judge Nicol reserved judgment on whether Home Secretary Theresa May's order to arrest Sheikh Salah was legal.

The 52-year-old father-of-eight was initially detained in London in June after allegedly flouting a ban on entering Britain imposed by the Ho

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Jail for Jew-hating terror jihadists

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 15, 2011

Jihadists from Manchester who wanted to kill Jews, used anti-Israel films to recruit terrorists and organised support for a Gaza aid convoy, have been jailed.

Munir Farooqi, Israr Malik and Matthew Newton, who received sentences of between six years and life imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court last Friday (September 9), were snared when they unwittingly recruited undercover policemen for ter

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