Over 300 abused women have signed a
statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing
threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and
Recent law reform initiatives on sexual crimes against
children in Turkey reveal the growing danger for women and girls, and the need to
interrogate the myths and biases underlying the “our culture” discourse.
‘Honour killings’ represent the tragic consequences of the
failure to tackle honour based violence. Greater state
action in supporting black feminist leadership, and ensuring protection and
provision is essential.
confidence among resurgent Sikh fundamentalist networks in the UK was evident
in recent protests against inter-faith marriage. A desire to control Sikh
women’s relationship choices is a key focal point for their mobilisation.
the UK’s Sharia Review resemble the sharia ‘courts’: secretive procedures and discriminatory
advisors? Are the Home Office and the Church ignoring conflicts of interest and
evidence of discrimination?
in the UK and the West raises many questions and challenges: integration of migrant communities,
ensuring adherence to State laws, the role of Sharia courts and balancing
freedom of religion and gender equality.
In this letter written during Algeria’s
“dark decade” of fundamentalist violence - sadly relevant today - Mahfoud
Bennoune argued that movements purveying “Islamic states” through terror are
ultimately “doomed to failure.”
government's programme to counter violent extremism hands
religious fundamentalists the gift of a narrative of victimhood, narrowing the political space for secular feminists and others
to challenge fundamentalism.
Less than 4% of Muslim mothers
who attended a programme in Britain to equip them with basic IT skills knew
who ISIS were. Education is key to enabling them to prevent the
online radicalisation of their children.
alleviated intellectual poverty until the day she was murdered, 24 April 2015. In
an interview with Karima Bennoune in 2010 Mahmud explained why she founded a
politico-cultural space in Karachi.
The new book Men
in Charge? shows that the assumption that God gave men authority
over women is a theological fiction that became a legal fiction, whose main
function now is to sustain gender inequality.
religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent
gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?
On the first anniversary of Mohamed
Brahmi’s assassination, his widow, Mbarka Brahmi, denounces fundamentalism and terrorism
in Tunisia. This article is republished following the murderous attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
In conversations with Karima Bennoune, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism.
of distancing ourselves from terrorist crimes, as progressive Muslims we should
confront the ultra conservative, violent Wahhabi/salafi version of Islam
that is practised by both professional terrorists and despotic nations like
We are facing a political threat, a totalitarian Islamist threat that manifests in terrorism. Journalists are defending something which is elementary to our democracy: our freedom to
breathe and to laugh.
The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinatedin 1994remains sadly topical today - recalling murdered
journalists everywhere. Republished in tribute to the people killed today at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
The war on women continues to manifest
itself in different forms and intensity globally; tarnishing all societies with
a ‘bloody stain’. In Iran, hard-liner interpretations of Islamic principles dictate
gender norms, violation of which can be fatal.