Topic archives: islam

Iran’s religious cleansing

July 24, 2009

Political dissidents aren't the only people facing brutal treatment in Iran: the country's non-Muslim minorities are regularly persecuted by both state and society. So why doesn't the West take notice?

Hate speech, the hijab and western media

July 14, 2009

Despite the gruesome nature of Marwa el-Sherbini's murder in a German courtroom by her neighbour, the western media have shied away from telling her story.

Xinjiang riots: it’s all about the money

July 13, 2009

The recent civil unrest by Muslim Uighurs in China is not about Islam, as the Government alleges -- it's about economics, writes Josh Chin.

New game show: Who Wants to be a Religious Zealot?

July 7, 2009

A new Turkish game show challenges a Muslim imam, a Greek Orthodox priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk to convert one of 10 atheists to their religion of choice, with new converts winning a trip to Mecca, Jerusalem or Tibet. Plus eternal salvation, presumably.

Why Sarkozy wants to ban the burqa

Why Sarkozy wants to ban the burqa

June 25, 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made waves with his calls to ban the burqa from being worn in public. His sentiments are caught up in a collision of French feminism, nationalism and secularism.

Ethiopian troops return to Somalia

June 25, 2009

Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.

Is the burqa a prison?

June 23, 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has declared the Islamic burqua a sign of the "subjugation" and "submission of women". But what if a woman chooses to wear it of her own accord? asks Salon's Broadsheet.

Obama: still a Muslim

June 12, 2009

A working paper [PDF] from Duke University has found it's very difficult to convince the 11% of Americans who still believe Barack Obama is a Muslim that he is, in fact, a Christian.

Obama subtly sticks up for Muslim women

June 5, 2009

Obama's statement in Cairo that "I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal" is a subtle but strong statement in support of Muslim women, says Tracy Clark-Flory.

VIDEO: Obama addresses the Middle East

VIDEO: Obama addresses the Middle East

June 5, 2009

President Obama's address in Cairo offered an eloquent case for American values and global objectives, said The Washington Post. Watch what they were talking about.