When Satire Conquered Iran: [NYR Blog]
Molla Nasreddin, an early twentieth-century Azerbaijani magazine that “attacked the hypocrisy of the Muslim clergy, the colonial policies of the US and the venal corruption of the local elite, while arguing repeatedly for Westernization, educational reform, and equal rights for women.” [more inside]
There are several groups
trying to pass bills in different states to ban the application of foreign laws
in a US court
, especially Sharia law. These groups are almost all
using model legislation
drafted by anti-Muslim activist David Yerushalmi
What might help defeat Muslim extremists in Pakistan for good? Bollywood!
A Quiet Revolution Grows in the Muslim World
"In many of the scores of countries that are predominantly Muslim, the latest generation of activists is redefining society in novel ways. This new soft revolution is distinct from three earlier waves of change--the Islamic revival of the 1970s, the rise of extremism in the 1980s and the growth of Muslim political parties in the 1990s. Today's revolution is more vibrantly Islamic than ever. Yet it is also decidedly antijihadist and ambivalent about Islamist political parties. Culturally, it is deeply conservative, but its goal is to adapt to the 21st century. Politically, it rejects secularism and Westernization but craves changes compatible with modern global trends. The soft revolution is more about groping for identity and direction than expressing piety. The new revolutionaries are synthesizing Koranic values with the ways of life spawned by the Internet, satellite television and Facebook. For them, Islam, you might say, is the path to change rather than the goal itself."
"Let them arrest me
". Vehemently anti-Islamic
Dutch MP Geert Wilders
was scheduled to travel to London tomorrow to attend a screening of his controversial short film Fitna
). Yesterday however, the UK's Home Secretary notified Wilders that his presence in the UK
would pose a "serious threat to
[...] public security
), presumably intending to refuse his entry into UK. Wilders plans to board the flight
anyway, daring British authorities to arrest him
. [more inside]
A View from the Eye of the Storm.
An Arab intellectual in Europe ponders on the Muslim world and comes to some interesting conclusions. Israel is a sideshow. Iran is the most dangerous country in the world.. in the long run the only way for us (the West) to win the war of terror is to force the problem nations to reform both politically and culturally.via Steven Den Beste weblog
"I am an American, I am a Muslim and I vote."
That was one of the themes at the Islamic Society of North America
convention this weekend, and Muslim leaders, who endorsed George Bush in 2000, may be looking elsewhere as a result of the government's actions against Muslims since 9/11. There are plans to register 1 million new Muslim voters, out of an estimated 2 to 6 million population. Until recently, the plight of the Palestinians dominated political discussion among American Muslims. But Muslim leaders say they must now be pragmatic as they seek greater influence in government.
A newly-energized U.S. Muslim population up for grabs--but would their endorsement be a liability in our current climate?