Religion | Politics

The Textual Roots of Islamic Violence

We’re all familiar with the routine by now. A terrorist attack occurs. Hours later, the world learns the identity of the attacker (or, the identities of the attackers). Then comes the inevitable question, “What was the motive for the attack?” Sometimes a general consensus is quickly reached. Few disagree, for instance, that Anders Breivik was […]

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The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism

This is Part 2 of Gurwinder Bhogal’s report. Gurwinder is a writer embedded in Luton, England and has spent the last year and more researching the causes of extremism. Read Part 1, which is essential to understanding his conclusions, here.  *** From my research thus far I had concluded that jihadism was not strictly social, political, […]

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A Year in the UK’s Most Radicalized Town

Terrorism is on the rise. But as ISIS is being beaten back in the East, their operations have only increased in the West. 2016 saw a slew of Islamist atrocities throughout the Western world, from the murder of a priest in Normandy, to the Brussels bombings, to the axe-attack on a train in Wurzburg, to the […]

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Nadia Murad and Yazidi Sex Slavery Under ISIS

Stories of those forcefully taken from their homes by ISIS militants and sold into slavery are haunting reminders of the tyranny that Daesh (ISIS) has wrought on so many during its seizure of power in Iraq and Syria. Yazidi women were some of the worst affected by ISIS, as many witnessed their families butchered, homes destroyed and […]

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7 Steps to Defeating Islamism

The steady flow of jihadist terrorist attacks striking European cities highlight the monumental failure of liberal democracies in opposing the great totalitarian menace of our time: Islamism. Yet, the deadly terrorist attacks are only the bloody tip of the iceberg. Documentaries in Sweden, Denmark, Britain and Germany have exposed that mosques across Europe preach fundamentalist […]

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Islam vs. Islamism: Why the Distinction Still Matters

Much has been said regarding the terms Islam and Islamism. Some argue the distinction is an artificial one, imposed by the politically correct Left. Others stress it is essential to distinguish between the religion and its violent imposition so that Muslims are not indiscriminately condemned with a broad brush. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and […]

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Another Dead Blasphemer

Yesterday a man lost his life in Pakistan because of what he wrote on a social network. Mashal Khan, who identified as “The Humanist” on Facebook, was beaten, shot, and tortured to death by a homicidal, righteous mob of students and university affiliates at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan while police officers watched. […]

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Westminster and the Islamic Connection

Back in the autumn of 2010, an online magazine produced and published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula entitled Inspire, urged it’s readership to attack “the enemies of Allah” by ploughing vehicles into pedestrians in crowded locations. “Narrower spots are better because it gives less chance for the people to run away” they advised. “It […]

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