Expelled from Egypt, Free in France

No charge. In the end, France had no complaint against eight supposed islamists expelled from Egypt last week. All were freed. The group was arrested in mid-Novmeber in a Cairo neighborhood. According to the Egyptian minister of the interior, they were part of a terrorist cell recruiting volunteers in order to incite them to jihad in Iraq. Presented by the Egyptians as a leader, Youri Sorokine, a French convert to Islam, remains detained in Cairo.

From Normale Superieur to Sufism, and Back

Islam must find its place in the West. Abdennour Pierre Bidar, professor of philosophy, is persuaded of this and wants to convince us as well. But his Islam is particular – it is the result of a long personal path that has let him to consider himself today as an atypical muslim, a “polka-dotted zebra” who believes in a divine presence and in individual liberty. He is against those who lock themselves into submission to the religious law and to “the mortal idea of jihad”.

Muslim ‘Hate’ Preacher Loses Appeal

By Adam Blenford A Muslim preacher jailed for nine years after he urged his followers to rise up and kill the “enemies of Islam” lost an appeal against his conviction today, but had his sentence cut by two years. Jamaican-born Abdullah el-Faisal, 39, a former preacher at Brixton mosque in south London, encouraged his followers to kill Jews, Americans and non-believers in a series of inflammatory speeches and recordings. He told schoolboys that they would spend eternity in paradise with 72 virgins if they fought and died in a jihad, or holy war. El-Faisal was sentenced to seven years for soliciting murder and a further two years for inciting racial hatred at the Old Bailey last March. His sentences were to run concurrently. The judge recommended that el-Faisal, of Stratford, east London, be deported at the end of his sentence. The ground-breaking trial was the first prosecution of a Muslim cleric in this country.