Friday , 22 February 2019

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Muslim Minister Quits British Government to Protest Gaza Policies


LONDON — The fighting in Gaza claimed an unexpected casualty among the British political elite on Tuesday when Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim to serve in the British cabinet, resigned, saying the government’s “approach and language” in the crisis had been “morally indefensible.” The broadside took aim at Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to join a chorus of British critics ... Read More »

Turkey named fifth top tourism choice of Muslims as Europeans realize gains of halal sector


Turkey has been named the fifth European destination that Muslims from the Middle East and the Far East would like to visit as their next holiday, in an index topped by France. The Muslim Travel Index Europe 2014 has shown that Turkey is only fifth in the list of countries that appeal to Muslim tourists as a future place to ... Read More »

100s March Through Muslim Area to Protest Anti-Semitism


Hundreds of protesters wearing yarmulkas, Stars of David and other Jewish symbols marched through a predominantly Muslim neighbhorhood of the Danish capital of Copenhagen, in a march against anti-Semitism late last week. Demonstrators included both Jews and non-Jews, and were protesting an alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the country which, like the rest of Europe, has seen simmering anti-Semitism boil ... Read More »

It’s still not easy being Muslim in Europe, particularly in France


Two days ago, The Monkey Cage featured a guest post on Muslim integration in Europe, encouragingly titled “Some good news about Muslims in Europe.” While the news may have been good, it’s unclear how representative it was. First, though the title of the post signals it will be about Muslims in Europe, the article from which The Monkey Cage post ... Read More »

Terrorism laws not aimed at Muslims, say Tony Abbott and Asio head


Tony Abbott and the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, David Irvine, have underlined that the government counter-terrorism laws are not aimed at Islam after growing criticism within the Muslim community over the national debate. In a set piece speech in Adelaide, the prime minister said the government was targeting extremism with its proposed laws, not Islam. Abbott said ... Read More »

UK Muslims Criticize “Islamophobic” HSBC


A leading British bank has been facing rising Muslim anger over its decision to close accounts held by key Islamic organizations across UK, with organizations’ leaders saying they are being unfairly targeted in an “Islamophobic campaign”. “I am angered because of the wall of silence and the tone of the letter,” Anas Altikriti, chief executive of the Cordoba Foundation, told ... Read More »



The title of the series tries to sneak in a rather contentious point as a given–‘Europe’s Muslim Emperors.’ Some mistake, surely? While large swathes of Europe did fall under Ottoman rule, for centuries this rule was deeply resented, and the powers of Europe, or at least most of them, did their best to expel the invader. Even if the Ottoman ... Read More »

Muslim Student Tops French High Schools


A Muslim student has been ranked as France’s top high school student, presenting a role model of active French Muslims who have been suffering from Islamophobia and negative portrayals in the French media over the past years. “I am so proud of my marks,” Myriam Bourhail, from the Picardy town of Villers-Cotterêts, told The National on Sunday, July 20. “I ... Read More »

Some good news about Muslims in Europe


It is easy to believe that Muslims are having trouble integrating into European societies. Media reports these days are full of stories of young men traveling to Syria or Iraq and coming back radicalized, about acts of violence against military or Jewish targets, or both. Scholarly studies reinforce this narrative by focusing on fundamentalist elements in the Muslim community, on ... Read More »

Guiding Germany’s Young Muslims Off the Road to Jihad


BARELY five feet tall, Claudia Dantschke was dwarfed by the lectern when she spoke at a recent gathering of German experts on Islam, its challenges to democracy and especially the luring of teenagers from Europe to join the war in Syria. But that certainly did not stop Ms. Dantschke from being heard. Stocky, plainly dressed, she is a breathless fountain ... Read More »