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Russia's Yarovaya Laws

Aysha Garaeva
We are more than halfway through 2016, and it is clear that this year will be remembered for almost constant terrorist attacks across the world – from Iraq to Turkey to France to Afghanistan and countless other places. Governments are ...

Muslim Women's Olympic Style Games by Laych Koh

It was pretty clear from media headlines what the focus on fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was.‘Ibtihaj Muhammad set to become the first American to compete in a hijab at the Olympics.’ (Telegraph)‘Ibtihaj Muhammad makes US history, ...

Another financial meltdown?

Asim Siddiqui
Is the world on the brink of another financial crisis? It is according to Rana Faroohar, Time magazine economist correspondent and author of a new book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown Publishing, ...

Of Promise and Denial by Muddasir Ramzan

Among many things that have become apparent during the ongoing crisis in Kashmir is the resentment of both India and Pakistan over their hankering for the land of Kashmir. The failure of the government of Kashmir, whose power struggles and ...

The Longest Night in Istanbul by Aysha Garaeva

On the night of 15th July 2016, just as on any other night, I am at home in Istanbul. My TV is on, as I am trying to follow the news. Reports of the bridge closing and tanks with soldiers gathering there start coming in. The first thing that ...

Devastating Violence Engulfs Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

On the eve of Eid, Tuesday, 5th July, everyone was waiting for the announcement – whether the Hilal committee had sighted the moon or not – glued to their TVs and radios. Confirmation was taking a while and it was time for Tarawiah, ...

Refusing to recognise polygamy in the West: a solution or a soundbite?

Yasmin Rehman
Polygamy 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.

Eid and Tragedy

Shanon Shah
“How can I celebrate Eid in light of all the carnage that’s been happening throughout Ramadan?” That’s the question I asked myself after the suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. The death toll is 165 as at Monday 4 July ...

CM18: Cities

Hassan Mahamdallie discovers shoots of hope in the wastelands of Detroit. Peter Clark thinks that Istanbul is the eternal capital of the world, Robert Irwin is impressed by intellectual developments in Medieval Basra, Boyd Tonkin is ...

The Muslim Institute Fourth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture 'Finding the Oldest Qur'an in the World?' by Dr Alba Fedeli

The fourth Annual Ibn Rushd lecture was held at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London on the evening of 1 June 2016. Introduced by Ehsan Masood, Chair of the Muslim Institute, Dr Alba Fedeli talked about her rediscovery ...