Captain Hook becomes mayor in the UK

No, I'm not talking about that moronic comic book zealot, Abu Hamza Al-Masri. (Sorry if I caused any of you Brits to soil yourselves.) I'm just riffing on this get-up. A milestone in the UK: Britain Gets First Muslim Woman Lord Mayor - Europe - News - OnIslam.netIn a major leap for the Muslim minority in Britain, a Muslim woman was named on Tuesday, May 24, as the lord mayor of the district of Bradford. Not that it takes anything away from the achievement, but by way of context … [Read more...]

Timely report on French women and the veil

A very timely study on Muslim women and the veil in France has just been released by the Open Society Foundations. It's available for download in English. Unveiling the Truth: Why 32 Women Wear the Full-Face Veil in France | At Home in Europe Project | Open Society Foundations This report from the At Home in Europe Project aims to distinguish myths and misrepresentations surrounding women who wear the full-face veil from the actual experiences and testimonies of the women themselves, by … [Read more...]

Rabbis speaking out against Islamophobia

These public statements are really inspiring. If you're Muslim, please spread the word about this, too. Muslims need to know about the many Jews and members of other faith traditions (including none) who are taking a stand against this campaign of hate. From Stand Together: Rabbis Speak out against Islamophobia (Rabbis for Human Rights), via Joshua Stanton at Tikkun Daily:Ever since the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, hatred and discrimination against Muslim Americans … [Read more...]

Who’s the Fifth Column again?

This clip of bigoted vitriol from a protest against a Muslim fundraiser in California is pretty revolting stuff.   … [Read more...]

On the myth that the Quran forbids friendship with non-Muslims

Since I'm blogging up a storm tonight, I direct your attention to this useful discussion of "Friendship with Non-Muslims according to the Qur'an" by Afroz Ali of the Australian Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development.This is a topic about which one hears so much utter drivel today, so Br. Ali's short but thougthful and pretty systematic overview of Quranic verses relating to social relations between Muslims and non-Muslims is very handy and … [Read more...]

Rednecks and the Eid Stamp

Sabiwabi pointed out a new and sure-fire way of gauging redneck-itude.* Being up in arms about the Eid stamp.  My point isn't that everyone can be reasonably expected to welcome it with open arms in these contentious times. In our ever changing society with all its competing worldviews and lifestyles, to find all developments in cultural and social life to be equally welcome would seem more likely a sign of a cognitive disorder than tolerance or enlightenment.  If a person … [Read more...]

Newsweek on the myth of “Eurabia”

There's an incisve analysis in the current issue of Newsweek of the flawed assumptions that go into alarmist "Eurabia" demographic-threat rhetoric we hear so often on the Far Right. It points out that a lot of the numbers that get thrown around in this debate are not only pure speculation, but speculation by people with anti-immigration agendas. Here's the crux of the article.  "Why Fears Of A Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong" by William Underhill … [Read more...]

Sherman Jackson on WDM, divisions among Black Muslims, and the road ahead

As a commenter astutely noted, not all Black Muslims in this country looked to W.D. Mohammed for leadership. Many assimilated fully into mainstream, majority-immigrant mosques and institutions, in some cases going abroad for traditional training, as well.Dr. Sherman Jackson, one of the most important North American Muslim jurists, scholars and community leaders--not to mention the author of an extremely important book on American Islam --has penned a fascinating reflection (posted on the old … [Read more...]