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We need Islam; Islam is moving. Notes from a European fellow-traveller by Brandino Machiavelli

The theme of the conference "Towards a Secular Islamic State" which the Muslim Institute held late last year is, for me as a European, a particularly interesting one, since it originates and is promoted, in my opinion, ...

Hunting Down Shias in Pakistan: Society's deafening silence by Maheen Usmani

KARACHI: Hauled off buses, targeted in their clinics, on boulevards, in alleys, in shops, in offices, in processions and pilgrimages, is there any place left safe for Shias in Pakistan? At Ashura, they were chastised for taking out Moharram ...

Shahbagh: What Revolution, Whose Revolution? By William Gomes

The protests in Shahbagh errupted apparently spontaneously in response to the first verdict handed down by Bangladesh's domestic tribunal for war crimes committed during the war of independence in 1971. The primary demand? The death ...

Review by Ziauddin Sardar of Christopher M Davidson's After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies

The place looks and feels unreal. That's the conclusion I reach every time I visit a Gulf state. It is not just the Disney World architecture, the obscene display of wealth, the ubiquitous presence of poor migrant labourers, the insidious ...

The Motorway and the Dark Ages by Ejaz Haider

This past Sunday, the Lahore-Islamabad stretch of the Motorway collapsed. Let me explain. The Motorway is not just a road. It is a system with a structure, an environment that impacts behaviour and is in turn affected by it. To put it ...

Israel's Desperate Gamble is Likely to Backfire by Sunny Hundal

The massive shelling of Gaza by Israeli forces, which they say is in retaliation for rocket fire from Hamas, has predictably led to everyone in the western world assume their traditional positions. I don’t want to argue about which side ...

The Zonneveld Experience in Gloucester Road by Farouk Peru

I do like cold West London evenings. It reminds me of the time when I used to meet up friends for a religious natter (which may be an oxymoron!) in the Hammersmith area. There is certainly a different ‘feel’ to West London than ...

The Revolution Becomes More Islamist by Robin Yassin-Kassab

Like ‘armed gangs’, armed Islamists are one of the Syrian regime’s self-fulfilling prophecies. Most grassroots organisers and fighters are secularists or moderate Islamists, but the numbers, organisational power and ...

The Fall of the House of Assad by Robin Yassin-Kassab

Until his elder brother Basil died in a car crash, Bashaar al-Assad, Syria’s tyrant, was planning a quiet life as an opthalmologist in England. Recalled to Damascus, he was rapidly promoted through the military ranks, and after his ...

Blasphemy by Robin Yassin-Kassab

This video is not suitable for children nor for those of a nervous disposition. I include myself in the latter category. At first I couldn’t watch it, then I made myself do so in order to hear the words. Before the usual “Freedom? ...