Fear, Muslims and Islam: reconsidering Islamophobia

Is it politically incorrect to say that one ‘fears’ Muslims? Does it deserve public condemnation? In other words, should have Juan Williams been sacked for his remark about fearing Muslims dressing in ‘Islamic garb’ on planes? Are these instances of Islamophobia? Let me start with an anecdote which took place in London in the aftermath... Continue Reading →

The shameful silence: abuse and repression between tradition and lack of education

  Muslims in the UK, as in another countries both in the geographical west or east, have to reflect carefully on the issue of child abuse within their heterogeneous communities as well as religious organisations, instead of wrapping themselves in a cloak of embarrassment, silence, and unacceptable complicity reinforced by the shared idea that, as... Continue Reading →

And if Hitler were born in America?

Few people, both in the US and in the rest of the world, may know that the US has had its own Nazi Party, which under other different names (such as the Social Revolutionary Party) is still very active. I do not have statistics about how many Americans read or have read Mein Kampf, and... Continue Reading →

Muslim Anti-Semitism?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, has called (in translation) for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Recently, at the end of one of my lectures, a student stopped me and asked whether we could define Ahmadinejad’s statement as an example of Muslim anti-Semitism. He argued that there are similarities between what he defined as... Continue Reading →

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