Author: Eva Forslund

  • The Inherent Link Between Islam and Liberty

    The Inherent Link Between Islam and Liberty by Eva Forslund [reprinted from the Foreign Affairs Association of Uppsala’s Uttryck Magazine (2015 #3)] Washington DC is a vibrant city. Throughout it, there are think tanks and organizations promoting literally any cause you can imagine. One of these is the Minaret of Freedom Institute (MFI), an Islamic libertarian […]

  • News and Analysis (7/29/15)

    Shutting down Muslims’ bank accounts over dubious accusations of terrorist links encourage extremism by “sending the message to law-abiding Muslims that they are excluded from simple privileges”: Why Did HSBC Shut Down Bank Accounts? (Huffington Post) As central Asian countries are trying to crack down on Islamist extremists, they continue to violate people’s rights regarding religious freedom: […]

  • News and Analysis (7/28/15)

    It’s bad enough when an “expert” witness on terrorism doesn’t know his subject; how much worse when his biases are withheld from the record: Doogie Huckster: A Terrorism Expert’s Secret Relationship with the FBI (Intercept) These Muslim-American siblings write Islamic children’s books, because they want “young Muslims to see themselves in the books they read”: Brothers Hope […]

  • Overlooked Consequences of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    On July 14th, Iran and the US reached a historic deal concerning Iran’s nuclear proliferation. Essentially, what the deal means is that the US and five other countries will stop enforcing sanctions on Iranian products, while “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will [they] seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons” (look here for the […]

  • News and Analysis (7/27/15)

    In an effort to debunk Islamophobia and radicalization, a group of Muslims are releasing educational videos online to show what Islam really teaches: Moderate Muslims Counter ISIS Propaganda With Their Own Strategy (NPR) The complexity of why young women are radicalized to join ISIS is addressed as a perfect storm between seeking identity and freedom, trying to follow […]

  • News and Analysis (7/23/15)

    While the holy Qur’an has been interpreted by patriarchal scholars and resulted in misogynist policies, there is nothing inherently misogynic in Islam, as modern feminist scholars are now working to show: No, Islam is Not Inherently Misogynistic. Here’s Why (Huffington Post) The Lebanese Muslim Association accuses the government’s new plan to prevent radicalization for being just […]

  • News and Analysis (7/22/15)

    Alaa Murabit argues that “[t]hose who used religion to justify discrimination against women were using cultural standards, not scriptural standards” and calls for women to reclaim the religion … Alaa Murabit is Making Sure People Know What Islam Really Says About Women (Huffington Post/TedTalk) …but French feminists are abandoning the cause of empowering women by buying […]

  • News and Analysis (7/21/15)

    Nathan Robinson points out the absurdity of the call to treat Muslim-Americans as the US treated Japanese-American during World War II, calling it a “racist disgrace that … left traumatic scars that last to this day”: Frightening Proposal to Intern Muslim Citizens (Al-Jazeera) His Muslim missionary and theologian father taught him the hadith, “Loyalty to your […]

  • News and Analysis (7/20/15)

    The Iran deal is not perfect, but critics need to remember that the alternative to a deal would most likely be worse: Israel’s Netanyahu is Pushing Hard Against Iran Nuclear Deal. But Others Are Pushing Back (Christian Science Monitor) And therefore, the EU will back the deal, hoping it will push the US Congress to do […]

  • News and Analysis (7/18/15)

    Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez spouted Muslim jargon, but his shooting spree in Chattanooga on Thursday violated Islamic teachings as indisputably as his arrest for driving under the influence last April: How Ways to Catch a ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist Failed in Chattanooga Shooting (Christian Science Monitor) In a world where crimes are made in the name of […]

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