News and Analysis (9/30/16)

September 30th, 2016

Al-Ghazali accused the jurists of preferring “the management of religious endowments … and appointment to judicial and government positions through which one exalts himself above his fellow men and fastens his yoke on his enemies” over other disciplines such as medicine:

“If American Jews heard gentiles with no background in Judaism declaiming this way about our tradition, we’d be irate. If these commentators displayed not merely ignorance about Judaism, but hostility, we’d call them bigots”:

“This is another failure by the top human rights body which shamefully accepts the membership of Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal and cruel repressive states in the world, and allows it to dictate resolutions” — S. A. Alwadaei (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy):

American armed FSA rebels share “operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda” and take part in a joint “offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group”:

“The participation in Grozny of Egypt’s Sheikh El-Tayeb suggests that substantial Saudi funding …  of Al Azhar’s scholars” and of military dictator Al Sisi “has not bought the kingdom the kind of religious and political loyalty it expected” …

… while even the U.S. Congress prefers to compromise its own sovereign immunity rather than protect its Saudi ally:

News and Analysis (9/27/16)

September 27th, 2016

The murder of Hattar is the tip of ugly iceberg; the context is the state’s disbanding organizations, blocking publications, and harassing, arresting, and imprisoning individuals for “merely engaging in critical debate”:

Tennessee’ State Board of Elections has decided their children are not ignorant enough:

Enough with hypocrisy! One can disagree with Noor Tagouri’s decision to appear (modestly clothed) in Playboy without resorting to shaming her. After all, no one shamed Malcolm X for appearing (modestly clothed) in Playboy:

At least five “others with Western ties [are] known to be recently detained in Iran”:

“Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a former teacher, had pleaded guilty and expressed remorse for his role in overseeing the destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque door by pickax-wielding rebels in June and July of 2012”:

A leader of the “Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which says Islam is not compatible with the constitution … condemned the attack on the mosque, saying: ‘Attacking a building in which people worship God is barbaric, whether it be a church, a mosque or a synagogue'” …

… while Berlin lawyer Seyran Ates says, “I think the Conference on Islam is not doing itself any favors by restricting its points of contact to the associations, who represent only 15 percent of Muslims”:

A queer Muslimah pleads that LBGTQ Muslims must not allow their disappointment that the ummah has yet to show its professed mercy toward them to be “weaponized against all Muslims” and vows not be used against the ummah, “whether they accept me or not”:

“The Grand Island Independent reports ( ) that the judge ruled in U.S. District Court in Omaha last week that she found no evidence of a discriminatory motive on the part of JBS Swift, now known as JBS USA”:

Among the thousands attending the “first-ever New England Muslim Festival” were “Malden Mayor Gary Christenson; Nadeem Mazen, Cambridge’s first Muslim city councilor; US Representative Katherine Clark; and US Attorney Carmen Ortiz”:

News and Analysis (9/25/16)

September 25th, 2016

“In seventh grade, where studies of Islam are concentrated in current standards, the whole section of ‘Islamic World, 400 A.D./C.E. – 1500s’ has been removed in the draft, which went online from the state Board of Education for public review”:

“They arrested peaceful protesters, mostly women and people of color, for blocking a road, while allowing the man who drove into a crowd of people go free”:

“The implication that these Muslims are ‘normal’ by American standards allows little space for Muslims who are not ‘normal….’ The Americanness of Muslims should not be predicated on their ability to blend in”:

The “scene in New York City’s TriBeCa … reflects the popularity of Sufism … seems to grow … even as the faith’s mainstream varieties arouse antipathy among swathes of the American public.” (More Americans now detest Islam than atheism):

On trial on a charge of insulting Islam, “Hattar was a controversial figure whose calls for depriving Jordanians of Palestinian descent their political rights had won him many enemies”:

“Even as the region becomes more violent and despotic, an election in Jordan reveals progress for women and a shift by the Muslim Brotherhood toward inclusivity and secular rule”:

News and Analysis (9/22/16)

September 22nd, 2016

There are similarities between the Islamic economic vision and Adam Smith’s vision of markets in which participants governed by divine rules of behavior mandating “self-control, sympathy for others and just behavior limit greed” but neither is reflected in current capitalist practice”:

The Islamic Action Front’s current priorities are “unemployment, poverty, health care, education, human rights, economic development, debt” and insists that replacing its old slogan of “Islam is the Solution” with “Reform” reflects a continued  commitment to Islamic values:

The religious leader emphasized the oxymoronic parallel between Buddhists who depart from Buddhist teachings to terrorize the Rohingya and Muslims who depart from Islamic teachings to terrorize others:

“Islam in theory is feminist and progressive. But Islam in practice is another beast entirely, and, when you are a first generation Arab Muslim teenager in Australia, it can be impossible to discern where religion ends and cultural pressure begins”:

Convicted of pushing a Muslim tenant down the stairs, her objection that being forced to take a course on Islam in lieu of a harsher sentence violates her religious freedom was rejected on the technicality that she did not raise this objection in the lower courts:

Olivier Roy argues that the French are misapplying laïcité , because “[t]he law of 1905 imposes neutrality on the State, not on society”:

Women and children were among the most recent victims of the ongoing Saudi aggression:


News and Analysis (9/19/16)

September 19th, 2016

“One of the more surprising aspects of Elizabethan England is that its foreign and economic policy was driven by a close alliance with the Islamic world, a fact conveniently ignored today by those pushing the populist rhetoric of national sovereignty”:

Minnesota police are not prepared to confirm ISIS claim ISIS’s boast that the stabbing was a deliberate war crime on their behalf in retaliation for U.S. military intervention un the Middle East:

Syrian claims that “Americans have bombed an eastern base surrounded by ISIS militants – allowing the extremists to advance … could be a major blow to the shaky ceasefire agreement and give the jihadi fanatics a boost in their fight for survival“:

“Iranians can’t use one [a nuclear weapon] if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As [Ahmdinijad said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?'”

The university that was at the forefront of the 60’s free speech movement is now Exhibit A that Israel has the power to censor what is taught on American campuses:

“Overall hate crimes across the 20 states increased by about 5 percent. However, hate crimes against Muslims increased by 78 percent”:

“Officials point to new rules of voting and the participation of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood for the first time in almost a decade. But critics argue … that the revised system continues to favor King Abdullah II’s traditional tribal supporters”:

News and Analysis (9/16/16)

September 16th, 2016

If there were no Muslims in America, would a shortage of cabs and a tripling of  Uber prices be a regular part of American life? That’s what happened to NYC when Muslims took a day off:

What would happen if Muslims became a plurality and took over an American city? Stop guessing; it’s already happened, and the consequences were not what Islamophobes predicted:

“Four UK soldiers who “forced” an Iraqi boy into a canal and let him drown have been condemned by a judge investigating civilian deaths in the Iraq War”:

“[S]eeking comment from any representative on Hanson’s speech on Wednesday night ignores the fact that she doesn’t actually make any sense.” Of the “31 different nationalities that make up the community, … over a third were born in Australia”:

Leila El-Amaire, a young Muslim in Berlin, gave up her dream of becoming a judge because German law forced her to choose between being a judge and wearing a headscarf, but Islam gets blamed for her oppression:

“For the record, each US taxpayer will be paying over $300 per head to the Israelis and the arms industry. Scare resources in this country will go, essentially, towards the illegal Occupation of the Palestinians”:

News and Analysis (9/12/16)

September 12th, 2016


The perpetrator, who bears an Albanian Muslim name “didn’t even care for the well-being of a baby — that’s how serious this hate crime is,”charged the assistant district attorney:

“Diplomatic relations between the two Middle East powers disintegrated earlier this year after Saudi Arabia executed a Shia cleric and Iranians stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran”:

“A U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire for Syria came into effect on Monday at sunset, with monitoring groups and state media reporting clashes up until the final minutes, and the most powerful rebel groups having yet to commit to the truce”:

“As women of color, we deserve to be treated just as any Stanford students would…. I’d urge people to question what it is in our society that makes people think it’s okay to spew vitriol towards people they don’t know”:

“Turkey declared a state of emergency following the July 15 coup attempt that allows the government to rule by decree. It has since suspended tens of thousands of people from government jobs over suspected links to terrorist organizations” …

… yet in a message relayed by his brother, Abdullah Ocalan said “that the Kurdish issue could be solved in six months if the government engaged in talks again and that everyone wants the conflict to end”:

News and Analysis (9/8/16)

September 8th, 2016

The first Muslim to be appointed as a District Court judge received “the ‘Champions of Justice’ Award in 2012 by the National Law Journal’s Legal Times for upholding the profession’s core values through public service, pro bono work, and advocacy for civil liberties” …

… but the question remains:

“The drill instructor ordered him to stand up and smacked him in the face at least three times in an action the investigation referred to as an assault strictly improper during boot camp”:

Hollande insists that France is “ready to make place for a religion that it did not expect to be this big over a century ago” and noting that the Patriot Act has not made America safe from terrorism, he insists, “”Democracy is our weapon”:

You would doubt “a woman of color, already subject to being treated as a second class citizen, [would] want to join a religion receiving nothing but bad press,” yet most of the approximately 180,000 Latino converts to Islam are women:

The highway “from Lanzhou to Linxia is often called the Qur’an belt” where flourishing local business people build mosques as “community centers … to benefit their communities”:

Unfortunately, Presidential candidate Gary Johnson isn’t the only American who doesn’t know “What is Aleppo” …

… and if you can’t tell the players in Syria without a program, read this and learn why “Washington is outraged that the wicked Russians are doing in the Mideast what the US has done for decades”:

“The effort dubbed the ‘Redirect Method‘ placed Islamic State-related search results next to ads that include links to videos denouncing the terrorist groups and its tactics from leading Muslim clerics”:

The delay prolongs the factional strife between Fatah and Hamas and further hampers President Abbas’s already insignificant ability to deal with Israel:

News and Analysis (9/5/16)

September 5th, 2016

Allegations of the child abuse “became a major issue after a teenage boy who worked for the chief — and allegedly was abused by him — opened fire on a U.S. base Aug. 10, 2012, killing three Marines and badly wounding a fourth”:

Now we know why “U.S. authorities aren’t eager to respond to questions about their newly minted ‘moderate’ rebels”:

“Members of ‘Academics for Peace’ and Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-SEN) have been removed from their positions in public higher education institutions permanently”:

Imam Tareq Oubrou asserts that “‘spiritual Islam … expresses itself in the language of the Republican values already in place.’ Namely, France’s holy triumvirate of liberty, equality and fraternity”:

The new wave of attacks come a few months after the U.S. drone strike that killed the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour:

The joint statement declares unilateral instantaneous divorce is illegal throughout the Muslim world and “contravenes the constitution and indeed the principles of gender justice in Islam”:

The “youth bulge” by which the Muslim world population is expected to exceed the Christian by 2070 is “window of opportunity” that will yield positive consequences only if the Muslim world embraces sound policies:

Erdogan says the invasion of Jarablus is aimed at ISIS, but the Kurds, who have provided the most effective ground troops against ISIS, say it is aimed at them:

“Every day in which our control over the Palestinian territories persists brings us closer to the end of Israel as the democratic state of the Jewish people. Netanyahu sees the disaster ahead, but he is not courageous enough to act”:

News and Analysis (9/2/16)

September 2nd, 2016

To civil rights activist Yasser Louati, appointing a non-believing former defence minister to reform Islam in France shows that France treats “Muslims as if they are foreign people who need to be disciplined”  :

Islam “inspired many works … considered part of the roots of science fiction” including stories about a trip to the moon, the model for Robinson Crusoe, and “what many consider to be the first feminist science fiction book ever written”:

[T]he first empirical study into why wearing the veil increases alongside modernisation” suggests that forcing “Muslim women to stop wearing the veil might … [deprive them of the choice and opportunity to integrate”:

A cardinal who thinks he “knows better than the assembled bishops of the Second Vatican Council” wants to resurrect the Crusader mentality:

The deaths of so many IS founders could leave control in the hands of those who passed through the ranks under U.S. occupation and are “more dogmatic, resilient and attuned to local dynamics than previous” leaders:

“The United States is a key ally of Saudi Arabia, which has come under fire from human rights groups over the air strikes that have repeatedly killed civilians in Yemen”:

“End to war now seems further away than ever as the Kurds, US and Turkey each have goals that are rarely compatible”: