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Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
The Arab Spring, the West and Political Islam: Against The Current vol. 156
Ahmed, Hisham H.
Article
2012
The contemporary Arab political system, until the recent outbreak of Arab revolutions, is the byproduct of a number of domestic, regional and global arrangements and developments in the post-World War...
Ayatollah BBC and #ExMuslimBecause
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
Whilst we mourn our dead in Paris, we must not forget the countless others killed by ISIS and Islamists, including this very month in Lebanon, Nigeria, Mali, Iraq, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghani...
Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State
Fatah, Tarek
Book
2008
According to Tarek Fatah, "Morality is doing what is right, regardless what we are told; Religious dogma is doing what we are told, no matter what is right." Fatah argues that since Islam's advent, th...
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2009
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A History of the Jews - Ancient and Modern
Halevi, Ilan
Book
1987
Starting from a political interpretation of the period when judges, kings and prophets held sway over Israel and Judah, Ilan Halevi traces the evolution of the Jewish identity through its numerous sta...
How to Become a Real Muslim
Malik, Kenan
Article
2010
When I was growing up in the 1980s the concept of a radical in a Muslim context meant someone who was a militant secularist, someone who challenged not just racism but the power of the mosques too. So...
Ideological Violence and Sociopathic Rage
Malik, Kenan
Article
2017
‘How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?
In the name of GOD The abuses of religion: New Internationalist August 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
Discusses the relationship between religion. The role of religion within political issues.
Infidel
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Book
2007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali woman who escaped a forced marriage and moved to the Netherlands, where she became a spokeswoman for Muslim women's rights. She tells the story of how her experiences led h...
Iraq: Guerrilla War in Sadr City: Against The Current vol. 114
Schwartz, Michael
Article
2005
In attacking first Najaf, then Tal Afar and Samarra, and finally tackling the center of Sunni resistance in Fallujah, the United States was seeking to reverse this process. But these attacks were not...
Islam and De-Islamisation
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1999
Islam, Children's Rights, and the Hijab-gate of Rah-e-Kargar: In Defence of the Prohibition of the Islamic Veil for Children
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1997
It has been proved time and time again that pushing back religiosity and religious reaction is not possible except through unequivocal defence of human values against religion. It has been proved time...
Islam Resistance and reform: New Internationalist May 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
A look into the world of Islamic faith. Discussion of current issues and a look at key moments of Islamic civilazation.
Islamic Extremism is a Product of Western Imperialism
Leech, Garry
Article
2016
So what happened to bring Islamic fundamentalism to the forefront of global politics? While there are many factors involved, undoubtedly one of the primary causes is Western imperialism.
The Islamophobia Myth
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
Pretending that Muslims have never had it so bad might bolster community leaders and gain votes for politicians, but it does the rest of us, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, no favours at all. The more t...
Islamophobia Sets the Terms: Against The Current vol. 146
de Jong, Alex
Article
2010
The Dutch government didn’t fall in February over involvement in Afghanistan, the unstable governing coalition stumbled over it. But the Islamophobic right wing might be the beneficiary.
A Marxist History of the World part 20: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner examines how the three great monotheistic religions produced by the contradictions of the ancient world owed their extraordinary power to their origins in the myths and rituals of the op...
A Marxist History of the World part 22: Arabs, Persians, and Byzantines
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
This week Neil Faulkner describes the rise and explosive spread of the third great monotheistic religion, where compassion, charity, and protection became moral imperatives - Islam.
A Marxist History of the World part 23: The Abbasid Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Islam created a single overarching allegiance throughout the Arab-ruled world yet the Middle East came to be a divided region of weak and unpopular states. Neil Faulkner looks at the conflicts that la...
Muslims, Jews and Christians imposing an imagined past, with disastrous results
Davidson, Lawrence
Article
2015
The truth is that there are millions of people – Muslims, Jews and Christians and others – who not only still idealise a religiously imagined past, but want, in one way or another, to import that past...
The Myth of Muslim Conquest: Less Threatening Than Imagined
Haenni, Patrick; Amghar, Sami
Article
2010
It's easy to mistake the high visibility of Islam in the West for a massive return to piety in Muslim communities. But for the last 20 years religious observance has stagnated, even slightly waned.
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
Fatah, Tarek
Article
2008
Tarek Fatah says that "To suggest that any criticism of Islamism, the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Ayatollahs, is anti-Islamic is a bogus and fraudulent position. I wou...
On Islam And Gender Equality
Sikand, Yoginder
Article
2009
A review essay on Salbiah Ahmad's book Critical Thoughts on Islam, Rights and Freedom in Malaysia.
On the Second Coming of Religion
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
The question we should ask is not just: ‘What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways?’ It is also: ‘What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, bo...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Reflections on a Religion of Hate: Engaging in War Crimes
McNamara, Tom
Article
2013
Refelctions on US preparations to engage in more acts of war against yet another Middle Eastern country.
Review: Defying Fundamentalism: A review of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
Moghissi, Haideh
Article
2014
Concerned with the rising Jihadist fundamentalism on one hand, and increasing discrimination against Muslims following 9/11 on the other, and having in mind the question repeated by many commentators ...
The St. Petersburg Declaration
Article
2007
We are secular Muslims, and secular persons of Muslim societies. We are believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free...
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870
Thomas, Hugh
Book
1997
A comprehensive history of the Atlantic slave trade in which approximiately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in hou...
Socialist Register 1989: Volume 25: Revolution Today. Aspirations and Realities
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Socialist Register 2003: Volume 39: Fighting Identities
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
When Does Criticism of Islam become Islamophobia?
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
Basic points that undergird about the relationship between criticism, Islam and Islamophobia. We should stop being so obsessed by the distinction between legitimate criticism and Islamophobia, and sta...

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Apostates of Islam
An organization of former Muslims.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
We, non-believers, atheists, and ex-Muslims, are establishing or joining the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain to insist that no one be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative rights nor deemed...
Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation
A nonprofit organization concerned with all violations of human rights focusing on defending the rights of women against religious, cultural and social abuse.
Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada
NECEF is an academically oriented volunteer organization whose extensive international network of individuals and NGO's with expertise about and concern for the Arab World includes a Canadian speakers...
Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more 70 countries and...
Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime
Dem Zentralrat der Ex-Muslime geh”ren Menschen an, die entweder den muslimischen Glauben aufgegeben haben oder die niemals Muslime waren, wenngleich sie aufgrund ihrer Herkunft aus einem sog. "muslimi...

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Asian Civilisations Museum
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. As one of the National Museums of Singapore under the National Heritage ...
ibiblio.org
The public's library and digital archive. Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history,...
Reflections on Islam
A non-profit organization to present Islam and its cultures on TV and Radio. Issues of interest to the public from the Islamic Shari'ah Laws: Worship: prayer, almsgiving, fasting, pilgrimage, etc. Family Matters: marriage, divorce...
Organization of the Islamic Conference
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voic...
Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more than 70 countries and links all women who see ...
World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: ...

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Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
Islam and slavery
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Historically, the major juristic schools of Islam traditionally accepted the institution of slavery. The Islamic prophet Muhammad and many of his companions bought, sold, freed, and captured slaves.
The 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims do condemn terrorism
When a classmate told 19-year-old Heraa Hashmi that “all terrorists are Muslims” she began to compile a dossier of all instances of Muslims
Mahdawi, Arwa
2017
Muslims are constantly denouncing atrocities that have been committed in the name of Islam. Yet many people seem to think Muslims don't condemn terrorism enough. So Heraa Hashmi decided to put the not...
Thou Shalt Not Give Offence
Malik, Kenan
2017
Kenan Malik looks at the free speech debates around the Danish cartoons and Charlie Hebdo.
24 reasons ISIS are wrong: Muslim scholars blast Islamic State
2014
A large group of Islamic theologians addressed the head of the Islamic State in an open letter, articulately accusing the movement of practices that have nothing to do with Islam, even rejecting the e...
Uk needs modern mosques
The third generation of British Muslims still don't have mosques that teach compassion and citizenship
Baig, Anila
2011
An Islamic woman's opinion column mourns the lack of modern mosques in England. She discusses her search for a place where her children could learn Arabic and how to read the Qu'ran without facing vio...

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Muslim Canadian Congress
Website
A grassroots organization that provides a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organizations; organizations that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influe...