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Egypt has detained a Coptic activist and secular blogger in recent months.

Comment: Imam Tawhidi is a 'fake Sheikh' whose tweets are having a disastrous impact on the way Muslims and Muslim-majority countries are portrayed in the media, writes CJ Werleman.

Death of an activist: A shame on Algeria's state

Malia Bouattia

Death of an activist: A shame on Algeria's state

Comment: The Algerian people will not be weakened by the divide and rule tactics of its regime, writes Malia Bouattia.

The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa

Khaled Diab

The ayatollah, the novelist and the fatwa

Comment: In the 30 years since Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini sent Salman Rushdie a Valentine’s from hell, efforts by extremists to kill or scare the ...

UAE abuses in Yemen: An extension of domestic authoritarianism

Afrah Nasser

UAE abuses in Yemen: An extension of domestic authoritarianism

Comment: Abu Dhabi is free to support brutal militias and seize key ports in Yemen's south thanks to a total absence of competent governance, ...

Quentin Müller

Can the Sadrist movement transcend sectarianism in Iraq?

Interview: Quentin Muller speaks to Moqtada al-Sadr's chief of staff, Dhia al-Asadi, about the Iraqi cleric's vision for Iraq.

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Al-Qaeda in royal rumble with 'sinful' Saudi crown prince

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular has slammed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for hosting a WWE wrestling match in Jeddah.

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Al-Qaeda threatens 'sinful reformist' Saudi crown prince

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have warned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against reforms, such as allowing women to drive.

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

How right is the Left in the Islamic world?

Comment: The Islamic Left may have ended up more Islamic and less leftist, but intellectuals' leftist utopia has long been abandoned even in the ...

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to <em>atheists</em>

Khaled Diab

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to atheists

Comment: Atheists in Egypt have been enjoying greater public acceptance, but their increased visibility has also resulted in shrill ...

James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ...

<em>New</em> <em>Atheists</em> and <em>New</em> Optimists, but still Eurocentrics

Yousef Khalil

New Atheists and New Optimists, but still Eurocentrics

Comment: Both the New Atheist and New Optimist schools of thought serve as a thin veneer for a highly unjust distribution of ...

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

Alessandra Bocchi

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

In-depth: Non-Muslims have more rights than elsewhere in the region, but still face discrimination, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

<em>New</em> atheism's move from Islamophobia to white nationalism

Dan Arel

New atheism's move from Islamophobia to white nationalism

Comment: New atheism has become increasingly sympathetic to right-wing causes and voices and is in danger of being aligned with a ...

No, The Handmaid's Tale isn't a warning about Muslims

Yousef Khalil

No, The Handmaid's Tale isn't a warning about Muslims

Comment: Conservatives' criticism of The Handmaid's Tale reflects their lack of introspection, and a blinkered understanding of Islam, writes ...

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Over $750,000 raised to rebuild burned Texas mosque

Donors have raised over $750,000 in 24 hours to rebuild a Texas mosque destroyed in a fire on Saturday amid fears that Islamophobic arsonists targeted the place of worship.

Samir Bennis

Muslims condemning Istanbul victims are no better than IS

Comment: Any judgement blaming the 'immorality' of those killed in a nightclub has no place in Islam, writes Samir Bennis.

Dan Arel

Secular US voices essential to combating Islamophobia

Comment: A growing array of dissenting voices must join together to fight the slide into fascism, writes Dan Arel.

James Brownsell

Worship on a warship

Sailors may be a famously superstitious bunch, but the Navy's chaplaincy service attempts to minister to their spiritual development, even ...

Iraq's <em>new</em> atheism in the shadow of Islamic State

Gareth Browne

Iraq's new atheism in the shadow of Islamic State

In-depth: Some 40 miles from IS-held territory, a group of Iraqi atheists gather to discuss secularism and philosophy, defying the ...

Nazanine Moshiri

Arabs on both sides of the Spanish civil war

Fighters drawn from across the Middle East to join the famed International Brigades failed to stop Franco's march of fascists, which were ...

Inside the Islamic State group's secret dungeons

Paul McLoughlin

Inside the Islamic State group's secret dungeons

Syrians know the price for opposing the Islamic State group - arrest, torture, death. On Tuesday, a report revealed the extent of the jihadi ...

Two arrested after shots fired outside Istanbul palace

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Two arrested after shots fired outside Istanbul palace

Turkish police arrest two after shots are fired outside Dolmabache Palace, meanwhile eight soldiers are killed by a roadside bomb detonated by ...

American <em>New</em> Atheism and Israel

Karim Safieddine

American New Atheism and Israel

The New Atheist movement in the US, most notably championed by Sam Harris, has a blatant pro-Israel stance that we need to refute, ...

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