Book: "The Missing Martyrs": Why are there so few Muslim terrorists?

Charles Kurzman’s book The Missing Martyrs is an important contribution to the combating of false stereotypes, pointing to terrorism as a political rather than religious phenomenon and demonstrating the relative failure of al Qaeda ideology. [Read more…]

Books about the Muslim Brotherhood: Who’s afraid of the big bad brotherhood?

Expect instead debate about the Brotherhood to ignite in coming years as Egypt stumbles from one military tyranny to who-knows-what. This makes two recently published books on the Brotherhood especially useful. [Read more…]

Film "Mooz-lum": “Mooz-lums” have been here for a long time

The new film “Mooz-lum,” by writer/director Qasim Basir, might seem preachy at times, but the only message it seems to preach is that through embracing our common humanity, struggling through our own hopes, fears, strengths, and wounds, redemption is always possible. [Read more…]

Book "British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State": Is there room for Islam in European pluralism?

A new collection of essays entitled “British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State” grapples with religion and secularism in Europe with passing insights, delivered like glancing blows, and much throat-clearing. Hardly a comprehensive survey of the field, they are nonetheless valuable contributions. [Read more…]

Book "Journey into America": Victims and victimisers

Professor Akbar Ahmed’s evocatively written new book Journey into America: The challenge of Islam asks whether Muslims and Muslim Americans belong in the ummah only when it is victimised and not when it victimises. [Read more…]

Book "The Reluctant Mullah": Dark secrets and dysfunctional archetypes

Sagheer Afzal’s The Reluctant Mullah, in contrast to its similarly named predecessor The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of a dysfunctional family torn between culture, religion and selfish motivations, who represent nobody other than their own fictional selves. [Read more…]

Film "Four Lions": Can terror be funny?

By parodying the terrorists rather than the terror itself, Chris Morris’ new film Four Lions allows us to conquer our own fears of terrorism and terrorists. And after 10 long years of serious terrorist-filled press and film coverage, the time has most certainly arrived for parody. [Read more…]

Book: "The Muslim Revolt": Looking for a revolution

In his new book, “The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam,” author Roger Hardy shows that what gets called “political Islam” is in fact highly variegated local issues – from Paris to southern Thailand to modern Turkey – whose politics have little in common. [Read more…]

Movie: "The Infidel": “The Infidel” finds a happy place

Some thought that David Baddiel and Omid Djilali’s new film The Infidel, opening today in the UK, would offend with its premise that a Muslim finds out he was born Jewish. But so far, Muslims love it – and you will too. [Read more…]

Book: "Stones into Schools": The fourth cup of tea

Greg Mortenson, whose Three Cups of Tea sold 3.6 million copies, has written a sequel titled Stones into Schools, which continues to narrate his ongoing efforts to build schools in rural Pakistan. [Read more…]