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Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State
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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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Just say no to Sharia law
Let us support the courageous Muslims who, often at great personal risk, are campaigning against religious extremism.
A Left Voice in Pakistan: Against The Current vol. 131
Following the October 18 attack on the massive procession into Karachi welcoming Benazir Bhutto back from an eight-year exile, Farooq Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, expressed h...
My Stealthy Freedom: The Hijab in Iran and in the West
An interview with Masih Alinejad, an outspoken critic of the forced hijab policy in Iran, about how the Islamic Revolution affected women, compulsory hijab laws, and her activism.
The New Dark Ages
For hundreds of millions of people in parts of the Middle-East, Africa and South-East Asia, the ascendancy of Islamic fundamentalism has ushered in an era of religious obscurantism and intolerance. Th...
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
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...
One woman's brush with Sharia courts in the UK: "It ruined my life forever"
Namazie, Maryam; Gupta, Rahila
The UK government is conducting an inquiry into the operation of Sharia courts which is being boycotted by a number of women's organisations because its remit is too narrow, and the panel of judges is...
The Perils of Faith-Based Multiculturalism: The Case of Shari'a in Canada
Conservative religious leaders have become more vocal and demanding, and governments are giving in to their demands without much regard for the serious consequences for democracy and citizens’ rights.
The St. Petersburg Declaration
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...
Sharia 'Courts': Why Regulation is Not the Answer
'Sharia' and other religious systems of arbitration are back in the news once again. There appears to be growing recognition of the profoundly discriminatory nature of religious arbitration systems wh...
The Sharia debate in the UK: who will listen to our voices?
Over 300 abused women have signed a statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and independence...
Sharia Law in Britain -- A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights
One Law for All says that Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are in violation of UK law, public policy and human rights.
Sharia "Socialists": I.S. Upholds Anti-Woman Religious Courts
It is mind-boggling that self-styled leftists would champion a campaign by the most reactionary, anti-woman forces in the Muslim community to have their religious law backed by the authority of the ca...
'Shariafication by stealth' in the UK
Access to justice is being denied in the UK in the shadow of neoliberalism and religious fundamentalism. Minority women are being denied the right to participate in the wider political community as ci...
UK: Walking a tightrope: Between the pro-Islamist Left and the far-Right
Opposing Sharia and Islamism in the west is like walking on a tight rope most of the time -- thwarting attacks from the Left, refuting cultural relativism, preventing alliances with the far-Right, exp...
What isn't wrong with Sharia law?
To safeguard our rights there must be one law for all and no religious courts.
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Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women
An international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.
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An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Organization for Women's Liberation - Iran
Organisation for Women's Liberation (OWL) was built on 14th December 2002 in direct response to the growing women's movement in Iran for equality and liberation The contemporary history of women's mov...
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...
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Fundamentalists target Twitter and Facebook in unprecedented move
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Reporters Without Borders deplores the ruling by an Islamic court ordering a Nigerian human rights group, the Civil Rights Congress, to close its blog and stop hosting debates on Twitter and Facebook ...
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