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2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

2015: A year of terror for Bangladesh’s secularist writers

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 by Arif Rahman

Arif Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, reflects on the targeted attacks on secularist bloggers that took place in Bangladesh throughout 2015, claiming many lives, and considers the road ahead for secularism in the face of terror and state-sanctioned persecution.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islamism

A timid defence of free speech is no match for Islamism. We must do better.

A timid defence of free speech is no match for Islamism. We must do better.

Posted: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Society needs a much more vigorous defence of free speech than the one we are getting, with the 'elite' of society in academia, religion and politics offering a feeble and timorous defence, writes Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Islamism, Freedom of Expression

Ted Cruz says the President of the United States should be “on his knees” before God “every day”

Ted Cruz says the President of the United States should be “on his knees” before God “every day”

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Young Americans might be turning away from Christianity, but the American religious right is more audacious than ever – and their rhetoric about 'religious freedom' barely conceals their theocratic aspirations, writes Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Church & State, Islamism, USA, Christianity

The media now say ‘Islamophobia’ without question; but insist on the “so-called Islamic State”

The media now say ‘Islamophobia’ without question; but insist on the “so-called Islamic State”

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Reporting of the deeply troubling rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks demonstrates that the term 'Islamophobia' has, worryingly, been widely accepted by the media.

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Community Cohesion

The encroachment of reactionary Islamism in academic life

The encroachment of reactionary Islamism in academic life

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 by Stefano Bonino

Universities and academics seeking to challenge anti-Muslim prejudice should promote genuine Muslim human rights groups rather than unrepresentative Islamists seeking to advance their own reactionary agenda, argues Dr Stefano Bonino.

Tags: Islamism, University, Community Cohesion, Extremism

Anti-Muslim bigotry and the problem, with ‘Islamophobia’

Anti-Muslim bigotry and the problem, with ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Islamists are again using the victims of anti-Muslim bigotry to advance their agenda. Once again, a British university has aided this project in a conference on 'Islamophobia' which undermined and demonised ex-Muslims as "McCarthyites".

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Education, Sharia

Why we should stop saying ‘Islamophobia’

Why we should stop saying ‘Islamophobia’

Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2015 by Benjamin Jones

The bigoted views of Islamists and anti-Muslim demagogues must be challenged, but the term 'Islamophobia' only serves to confuse the issues and shut down debate, argues Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Islam, Islamism

Why would a teenager want to join the Islamic State?

Why would a teenager want to join the Islamic State?

Posted: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 by Gijsbert Stoet

Gijsbert Stoet, a Reader in Psychology at the University of Glasgow, considers why so many teenagers have sought to join the Islamic State. He identifies sensation seeking, identity, and unchallenged religious beliefs as three root causes.

Tags: Islamism

Mission creep in the anti-war left

Mission creep in the anti-war left

Posted: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 by Benjamin Jones

Video has emerged of the Left Unity political party voting on whether to endorse the Islamic State. Although the amendment was easily defeated, Benjamin Jones argues that this is just the latest flirtation in a long courtship between elements of the British far left and the Islamist far right.

Tags: Islamism, ISIS, Iraq, Middle East

Who are the true Muslims – all or none?

Who are the true Muslims – all or none?

Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by Matthew Syed

Moderate believers argue that Isis has misinterpreted the Koran. But no one can determine who is right or wrong, argues Matthew Syed.

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Tony Blair, ISIS

What chance do Yazidis have against group too brutal for al Qaeda?

What chance do Yazidis have against group too brutal for al Qaeda?

Posted: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 by Maajid Nawaz

Quilliam Co-Founder and Chairman and NSS honorary associate Maajid Nawaz gives his thoughts on the crisis in North-West Iraq.

Tags: Islamism

The world must respond to the cry of Iraq’s Christians

The world must respond to the cry of Iraq’s Christians

Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 by Lord Alton

Religious cleansing in Iraq is making a "hateful mockery" of international law which should protect people and uphold their freedom to follow our own beliefs, argues Lord Alton.


Tags: Iraq, Christianity, Islamism, Religious Freedom

Secular or bust

Secular or bust

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Reflecting on the extremist wings of Pakistani politics and ideology, Kunwar Khuldune Shahid describes the dire need for Pakistan to place the secular narrative at the centre of its political agenda and mainstream media.

Tags: Islamism, Pakistan, Secularism

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Muslims must be protected. Islam must not.

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we must not allow the current attacks on the Muslim community to justify anything that looks even remotely like a blasphemy law.

Tags: Islam, Islamism

Disillusion for the revolutionaries who thought the Arab Spring would bring freedom and secularism

Disillusion for the revolutionaries who thought the Arab Spring would bring freedom and secularism

Posted: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The tightening of the grip of political Islam on the Middle East continues apace. Those young people who put their lives on the line to depose dictators and demagogues are now finding that, in fact, their countrymen seem to like dictators and demagogues – and have used the hard-won democratic process to swap secular tyrants for religious ones.

Tags: Islamism, Middle East