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...]

Movie: “My Name is Khan”: “Khan” breaks new stereotypes (but reinforces old ones)

By glossing over African American Islam and reinforcing black stereotypes, My Name is Khan repeats a mistake found in scholarly articles and primetime news specials alike: that American Islam is an immigrant story and has no history before 1965 or September 11th. [Read more...]

Book: "The Future of Islam": A pluralistic prescription

John Esposito’s new book The Future of Islam is an examination of the current prospects for Muslim reformers around the globe to produce new legal and social models that better meet the challenges of a globalized Muslim community. [Read more...]

Book "Can Islam be French?": Mosques facing outward

In his new book Can Islam be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State, author John Bowen shows that mosques in France are – contrary to public perception – engaging with political authorities, neighboring communities, and dealing with wider social problems. [Read more...]