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Bangladesh Killings: Why Do Liberals Keep Getting Hacked to Death?

Alexander Smith and Wajahat S Khan for NBC News
The murder of a gay rights activist and his friend in Bangladesh this week was the latest in a trend of Islamist extremists killing liberals in the South Asian country. But scratch beneath the surface, and experts say that the brutal attacks ...

How our media deals with racism and anti-semitism depends on who says it, not what is said

Sunny Hundal
So, Naz Shah MP has been suspended from the Labour party this afternoon, for sharing Facebook memes that can easily be described as anti-semitic / racist. A number of people will be relieved by that move and think "glad to see we are ...

Islamophobia in the London mayoral race by Shanon Shah

Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to discredit the Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan by associating him with “extremism” was cringeworthy, but was it Islamophobic? In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister ...

Kashmir and its Folk Tales by Muddasir Ramzan

Telling stories and folktales is a rich tradition in Kashmir. There once was a time when storytelling was a much-favoured mode to engage children. All the younger members of the family would gather around their grandmothers to hear their ...

CM17: Extreme

Ziauddin Sardar and Samia Rahman suggest that extremism is an expected product of our complex and chaotic postnormal times, Anne Alexander traces the origins of ISIS, John A Sweeney studies 'extreme weirding' - the ...

#Muslims4Lent

Shanon Shah
These past few days, many Christians have been gearing up for Good Friday when they commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and celebrate his resurrection from the dead on the Sunday. I am journeying alongside my Christian brothers and ...

The bell tolls a hundred and eight times: Impermanence, ‘Religion’ and the Land of the Rising Sun

Mohammed Moussa
If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in the world, how things would lose their power to move us! The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. So ...

Green shoots of Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

It was great to watch people carrying different types of plants to put them in their gardens. Last week almost everyone in our village was busy in this process; some children too were helping their elders by carrying spades for digging pits for ...

Uzbekistan Revisited: Negotiating through Challenges and Opportunities on the Silk Route by Iftikhar H Malik

Last August, I had taken a handful of pictures of Tamerlane’s resting place in Samarkand in Uzbekistan’s second biggest and one of the world’s oldest cities and felt assured of their quality after leaving the site. Tamerlane (d. ...

Islam's LGBT allies

Shanon Shah
February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The theme this year is “Religion, Philosophy and Belief”. It’s partly about affirming individuals who identify as religious and LGBT and partly about ...