The scandal of women’s bodies in secular Europe

On Tuesday this week, images of a woman on a beach in Nice being forced by armed police to remove portions of her swimwear began circulating on the internet. The so-called 'burkini ban' has sparked outrage and controversy, not least because it is yet another variation of an age-old problem - the control over women's …

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Inviting our future: liberal de-culturalization and the Paris attacks – Part two

  “Perhaps we should ask ourselves if these people have not rather come here to save us.” (Erik Borgman)   In today’s post Ton Groeneweg continues his analysis of liberal de-culturalization as a deeper trend exposed by the responses to the attacks in Paris. In this second part of his blog, he focuses on how …

Identity, ambiguities and uncertainties: Continuing reflections after Paris, Beirut and Iraq attacks

Today's post continues our series of reflections on the attacks in Paris, Beirut and Iraq. Joram Tarusarira responds to Erin Wilson's call to accept ambiguities, posing a few problems and questions with this approach. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and Iraq which saw many people losing their lives, an avalanche of …

It’s not all about Islam: misreading secular politics in the Middle East

Western policymakers once understood the dynamics of secular politics in the Middle East, but this knowledge has been subsumed under a fixation on Islam’s supposed threat to western security interests, writes today´s guest contributor Dr Stacey Gutkowski. Much western, particularly French, media coverage of the January attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher …

ISIS’ Caliphate and Intra-jihadist Struggles for Authority

On Sunday 29 June, the first day of Ramadan 2014, ISIS announced the restoration of the caliphate. From now on, its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “the caliph for Muslims everywhere”, the message states, adding that the name of the organisation, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, becomes simply The Islamic State. In today’s …

Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

Today's post shows Ella Sebamalai's reflection on Turkey's accession to the EU. On the one hand she reflects on religion and  secularism as part of the public debate, on the other hand she also illustrates the consequences of specific perceptions. In a crisis custody case between the Dutch government and a Turkish migrant family in the …

Antisemitisme Nederlandse Moslimjongeren; Sociaal Probleem

In de post van vandaag bespreekt dr. Marjo Buitelaar het sociale probleem van antisemitisime onder Nederlandse Moslimjongeren. Daarin bespreekt zij zogenaamde oorzaken en de misperceptie daarvan door, onder andere, de media. In een NRC- artikel over antisemitisme van moslimjongeren in de krant van 15 maart 2013 worden verschillende verklaringen hiervoor genoemd, waaronder het antisemitistische klimaat …