Tags: Islamism

Why are journalists dancing to the Islamists’ tune over Sara Khan?

Posted: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 by Chris Sloggett

Islamists and their apologists have dominated coverage of the Government's appointment of Sara Khan, says Chris Sloggett. Journalists should stop indulging them just because they shout loudly. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Extremism

Religious bullies are on a roll. It’s time we all stood up to them

Posted: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 by Stephen Evans

Amid a series of concessions to religious hardliners, Stephen Evans says those brave enough to resist their demands need much more support. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Orthodox Judaism, Religious privilege

Book review: 'Persepolis'

Posted: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 by Megan Manson

In light of the recent protests in Iran, and the rise of Islamist extremism throughout the world, Megan Manson looks back at the graphic novel Persepolis, published nearly 20 years ago. Read More »

Tags: Iran, Reviews, Islamism

Pakistan’s capitulation to extremists sets a dangerous precedent

Posted: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 by Basit Mahmood

Pakistan's government, military and opposition parties have given in to the demands of a fundamentalist mob. Basit Mahmood says this is a blow to those who wish to remain true to the secular vision of Pakistan's founder. Read More »

Tags: Pakistan, Islamism, Theocracy

Murdered for the ‘crime’ of blasphemy

Posted: Fri, 12 May 2017 by Anonymous

There has been an onslaught against secularists, atheists, ex-Muslims and countless religious minorities for 'blasphemy'. It's important to remember the individuals, and honour their lives and heroism. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islamism, Hindu Nationalism

The gay community should recognise and oppose its chief oppressor

Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 by Terry Sanderson

While people of all faiths and none have campaigned for and against LGBTQ rights, the merger of religious and state power has always been the greatest threat to LGBTQ rights around the world and turns bigotry into discrimination, argues NSS president Terry Sanderson. Read More »

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Equality & Human Rights, Hindu Nationalism, Islamism, Christian Right, History

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. Read More »

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Islamism

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”

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.

On his knees.

Tags: Church & State, Islamism, USA, Christianity

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. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Community Cohesion

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. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Universities, Community Cohesion, Extremism

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

Posted: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 by Benjamin Jones

Sadly, this ideological strain is far more interested in denouncing the imperial efforts of long-dead Europeans than they are in resisting the current, ruthless imperialism of the caliphate-builders.

Tags: Islamism, ISIS, Iraq, Middle East

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. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Islamism, Tony Blair, ISIS

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. Read More »

Tags: Islamism

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.

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Tags: Iraq, Christianity, Islamism, Religious Freedom

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. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Pakistan, Secularism

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 by Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz warns that the longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Sharia

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. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Middle East