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Women Living Under Muslim Law
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information and support for those women whose lives have been shaped by the customs and/or laws of Islam. It extends to more than 70 countries and links all women who see ...

News Releases

Journalist gets seven-year jail sentence for decade-old articles
2014-01-10
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the seven-year jail sentence that a Dhaka court imposed today on former magazine editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in connection with articles criticizing Islamism...
Threatening email orders Bangladeshi media to fire women
2015-10-27
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats against news media and bloggers contained in a email that was sent to a score of Bangladeshi print and broadcast media outlets on 19 October, and calls o...

Sources Select Resources

Afghanistan 1979-1992
America's Jihad
Blum, William
Article
Common Courage Press
An account of CIA and American involvement in Afghanistan since 1979
Against Fundamentalism and Imperialism - Review
Against The Current vol. 161
Usmani, Adaner
Article
2012
Against The Current
A view of the inside forces in Pakistan.
Anti-War Movement's Strange Allies: Hard Line Islamists
Canada's progressive Muslims wonder why left would embrace theocrats
Glavin, Terry
Article
2006
The Tyee
Canada's anti-war movement has become not only the primary vehicle for an obscure, formerly left-wing group that attacks anyone who opposes Shariah courts in Canada, it's also now the main source of p...
An apology for the Danish cartoon crisis
Hvidberg, Lars
Article
2014
Freedom House
One of the leading forces in the 2005–06 prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy, Danish Muslim activist Ahmed Akkari, now regrets his role as agitator and reveals a larger, more deliberate, and more vic...
Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
The right to religion comes with a corresponding right to be free from religion.
Atheist blogger hacked to death with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Article
2015
CBC news
Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation...
Bangladesh and the shrinking space for free thinkers: 'Don't call me Muslim, I am an atheist'
Taslima, Nasreen
Article
2015
Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières
Writer Taslima Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 when extremists threatened to kill her for criticizing Islam, and has been living in exile since. Her country has, in recent times, seen many intellectua...
Bloggers Under Fire: The Fatal Consequences of Free Thinking in Bangladesh
Article
2016
Global Voices
Six secular Bangladeshi writers have been killed since November of 2014: Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahm...
The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda
Article
2014
Media Lens
The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and counterin...
Connexions Library: Africa Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Connexions Library: Religion Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on religion.
Here We Go Again
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
One thing should be clear. The violence across the Muslim world in response to an American anti-Islamic film has nothing to do with that film. Yes, The Inocence of Muslims is a risibly crude diatribe ...
How Boko Haram Is Changing International Politics in Western and Central Africa
Rakotomalala, Lova
Article
2015
Global Voices
Two suicide attacks on June 22 in Maroua, northern Cameroon, left several people dead and many others wounded. Ten days earlier, 15 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in N...
How Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays
Sarhan Afif, Burke Jason
Article
2009
Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Iraqi militias infiltrate internet gay chatrooms to hunt their quarry and hundreds are feared to be victims.
How Syria's Secular Uprising Was Hijacked by Jihadists
Al Qaeda's Second Act
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2014
CounterPunch
On Syria's descent into a sectarian civil war.
ISIS and the IDF: Canada's Double Standard
Who are the Real Terrorists?
Walberg, Eric
Article
2014
Counterpunch.org
Why can westerners join the Israeli Defense Forces while westerners joining Islamic State are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one?
Journalist gets seven-year jail sentence for decade-old articles
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the seven-year jail sentence that a Dhaka court imposed today on former magazine editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in connection with articles criticizing Islamism...
The Left and the Jihad
Halliday, Fred
Article
2006
OpenDemocracy
The left was once the principal enemy of radical Islamism. So how did old enemies become new friends?
Made in the USA: Report Shows ISIS Using US Arms from 'Syria Rebels'
Ditz, Jason
Article
2014
Antiwar.com
From the moment the US began sending lethal arms to Syrian rebel factions, there was a chorus of people expressing fears that those arms would end up in the “wrong hands,” and US officials insisted th...
Mali: Timbuktu's literary gems face Islamists and decay in fight for survival
Hirsch, Afua
Article
2013
Guardian
Daring by a dedicated few saved many manuscripts in Mali from Islamists.
Manifesto: Together Facing the New Totalitarianism
Writers' statement on cartoons
Article
2006
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.
Multiculturalism fans the flames of islamic extremism
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
Multiculturalism as lived experience enriches our lives. But multiculturalism as a political ideology has helped create a tribal Britain with no political or moral centre.
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
Fatah, Tarek
Article
2008
Tarek Fatah says that "To suggest that any criticism of Islamism, the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Ayatollahs, is anti-Islamic is a bogus and fraudulent position. I wou...
Possible Connections Between Militant Islamic Fundamentalists and the U.S. Extreme Right
Article
Right-wing racial nationalists and antisemites have attempted to spread their conspiracist message to the political left by stressing the anticapitalist aspects of the Third Position.
Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Muslims are not the only religious group involved in perpetrating horrors. From Christian militias in the Central African Republic reportedly eating their foes to Buddhist monks organizing anti-Muslim...
Rushdie rails against Islamic 'totalitarianism'
Article
2006
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.
Sex segregation in UK universities – a step forward for the Muslim religious right
Helie Lucas, Marieme
Article
2013
Europe solidaire
The authorities of universities in the UK have made public their policy of bending to religious fundamentalists by condoning sex segregation on university premises. The education system is especially ...
The spread of Wahhabism, and the West's responsibility to the world
Armstrong, Karen
Article
2015
New Statesman
In 2013, the European Union declared Wahhabism the main source of global terrorism. But it's not just a "Middle East problem"; it is our problem, too.
Threatening email orders Bangladeshi media to fire women
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats against news media and bloggers contained in a email that was sent to a score of Bangladeshi print and broadcast media outlets on 19 October, and calls o...
24 reasons ISIS are wrong: Muslim scholars blast Islamic State
Article
2014
RT.com
A large group of Islamic theologians addressed the head of the Islamic State in an open letter, articulately accusing the movement of practices that have nothing to do with Islam, even rejecting the e...
Uk needs modern mosques
The third generation of British Muslims still don't have mosques that teach compassion and citizenship
Baig, Anila
Article
2011
The Guardian
An Islamic woman's opinion column mourns the lack of modern mosques in England. She discusses her search for a place where her children could learn Arabic and how to read the Qu'ran without facing vio...
UK: Walking a tightrope: Between the pro-Islamist Left and the far-Right
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2013
Europe solidaire sans frontieres
Opposing Sharia and Islamism in the west is like walking on a tight rope most of the time – thwarting attacks from the Left, refuting cultural relativism, preventing alliances with the far-Right, expl...
The Veil and Violence against Women in Islamist Societies
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2007
International Humanist and Ethical Union
The ongoing battle between the Islamic authorities and women over the veil clearly reveals why it has become a symbol like no other of the violence women face under Islam and why ‘improper’ or ‘bad’ v...
Wahhabism
Wikipedia article
Article
Wahhabism is a religious movement or branch of Sunni Islam. It has been variously described as "orthodox", "ultraconservative", "austere","fundamentalist", "puritanical" (or "puritan") and as an Islam...
We're facing a new Cold War
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2015
Salon
The linguist and philosopher on the warped coverage of Putin's Russia and the ways we whitewash our war crimes.
Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, by Karima Bennoune (Book Review)
Droeber, Julia
Article
2013
Europe solidaire sans frontieres
Karima Bennoune, a US-based law scholar raised in Algeria, has written an account of the stories of numerous people whose lives have been scarred by Islamic fundamentalism and who decided, using a var...

Sources Bookshelf

The Rushdie Affair
The Novel, the Ayatollah and the West
Book
1990
This is an account of the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses. Following the novel's publication in London in 1988, the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued an edict condemn...


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