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Turkey’s Muslims Take on Atatürk Statues

In Turkey Atatürk is everywhere. Streets, airports, public spaces and institutions are named after the man himself, an atheist and alleged Dönmeh who abolished the Ottoman Empire & sought to replace Islam with his militant secularism in post-WWI Turkey. Imams defying Atatürk were executed, as were countless laymen. Atatürk scorned Islam as a “political instrument” that […]

Are Azeri Shi’ites Becoming a Minority?

Azeri social media is abuzz with the possibility that Azerbaijan could go from majority Shi’ite to majority Sunni, at least culturally – some even suggest Baku wants this to happen. In an article published recently, Ali Abbasov of OnKavkaz network argues Baku is well aware of the tensions between Twelver Shi’ite Iran and the Muslim […]

Muslim-Christian Relations: Unrequited Tolerance

  It’s something I hear over and over from Christian women living in the west: “I’m not supposed to marry outside of my religion!” This happens again and again when the issue of marrying outside of Christianity (and especially Muslim men) comes up. I am amazed at this attitude. Firstly, would be so heinously wrong […]

Da’esh Share the Blame for Muslim Suffering

As anyone who follows the news can clearly see, it isn’t going down well for the self-styled “Islamic State”. Having once held 1/3 of Iraq and 50% of Syria, their territory has shrunk dramatically since 2014. World powers have capitalised on their bloody rise to unite against them in unison with unsavoury regimes and groups, […]

Stop Asking Why Americans Support Trump

I’m amazed that I *still* hear people saying “I can’t believe Trump won!” or “How did he get all this support?!” etc. Please. Trump’s supporters didn’t just appear out of nowhere. This level of support for a candidate who is openly bigoted, racist, misogynistic and rude is the result of longstanding political illiteracy in the […]

The Crocodile Tears of the Republican “Moderates”

There is an increasing phenomenon in America; “moderate” Republicans coming out and claiming that Trump’s statements and actions go against the spirit of the party and what it stands for. From Mitt Romney criticising his “demagoguery and populism” to other high profile figures and party members, some are expressing alleged discomfort with Trump’s bigotry, saying […]