Topic archives: islam

‘Firebrand activist’ Yvonne Ridley on feminism and her imprisonment by the Taliban

‘Firebrand activist’ Yvonne Ridley on feminism and her imprisonment by the Taliban

September 29, 2014 11

So-called firebrand Muslim Yvonne Ridley turns out to be funny, down-to-earth and a staunch feminist.

The federal budget is a dodgy product, poorly sold

August 26, 2014

Crikey readers share their thoughts on the budget, News Corp and other issues of the day.

<em>Crikey</em> survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

Crikey survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

July 21, 2014 10

Some religions prohibit women from having formal power, while others are open-minded. You might be surprised where some religions fall on the spectrum ...

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

November 8, 2013 21

Freedom to lampoon religion and religious figures is still a criminal offence in most states and territories. Should it be? At a debate in Sydney last night, the strong feeling was no.

With God on their side: when religion and politics collide

With God on their side: when religion and politics collide

July 5, 2013 40

Labor MP Ed Husic was criticised for being sworn in on a Koran -- but the influence of Christianity on Parliament is far greater than Islam. Crikey asks whatever happened to the separation of church and state.

ANU censorship fans the flames of Islamophobia

May 29, 2013 16

ANU's student newspaper ran a satirical infographic poking fun of Islam; ANU responded with censorship. Outgoing Woroni editor Farz Edraki argues, ironically, it's been more damaging than the graphic.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

May 2, 2013 3

A new Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most adherents are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

April 18, 2013 17

Is there still anti-Muslim sentiment in lower Manhattan? After the Boston bombings, Crikey visits the 9/11 memorial and Park51, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque", to find out.

Wilders from the outside: ‘here comes Nazi scum’

February 20, 2013 26

As Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night, protesters gathered outside -- but it was less violent, and more ideological, than mainstream media reported. Crikey intern Michelle Slater was there.

Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’

February 20, 2013 19

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night. Shakira Hussein, a Muslim, attended for Crikey -- she found it weird and at times menacing.

Why Egyptian power grab may not be what it seems

Why Egyptian power grab may not be what it seems

December 11, 2012 1

Egypt is being rocked by competing political forces. But to blame President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood entirely misses the domestic nuance of the situation.

Egyptian TV news — now with added hijab

Egyptian TV news — now with added hijab

September 4, 2012 2

Fatma Nabil made history yesterday as the first woman on Egyptian state television to read the news while wearing a veil.

Surviving my first Ramadan

August 17, 2012

Four years ago Rollo Romig converted to Islam. But this was the first year he observed Ramadan, fasting every day from dawn until dusk, until the family would finally feast together.

Murder is murder. No more or less.

March 22, 2012 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Richardson: if this isn’t terrorism, what is?

July 25, 2011 21

In addition to the horror of Friday's slaughter in Norway, there has been the secondary shock of what it has revealed about so much of the west's attitude to terrorism.

Bracing for the name of the perpetrator …

July 25, 2011 2

Considering the knee jerk coverage from some of the world's media outlets over the weekend, this is worth the click.

The ideology dividing both parties

February 17, 2011 31

Ideology and personalities are usually the stumbling blocks to political unity. But they work in quite different ways in the Liberal and Labor parties.

Danish newspaper still draws terror controversy

December 30, 2010

It might have been five years since a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Mohamed the Prophet, but five suspects have been arrested in a suspected foiled terror plot against its offices.

A pro-Islam bias in Texan schools?

September 24, 2010

Members of the Texas Board of Education think that the current prescribed school textbooks are too pro-Muslim and anti-Christian in their focus. A worthy recipient of our 'USA: WTF?' tag, we think.

Praying for peace: the Muslim prayer room in the Twin Towers

September 13, 2010

The twin towers of the World Trade Center held a Muslim prayer room, a popular and calm place. It's an important fact to remember amongst all the mosque near Ground Zero vitriol: Muslims and Islam have always been a part of life there.