CAIR’s condemnation of Orlando shooting.
Link to video: https://youtu.be/gX6oqnUYi6w
Months after the “Charlie Hebdo” attacks, questions remain about Europe’s Islamic communities. How strong is the lure of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS for Islamic youth in France or the UK? Why do so many Muslims, including those born and raised in affluent European states, feel disconnected from their societies? Georgetown’s Jocylene Cesari and University of Michigan’s Juan Cole take a nuanced look at these misunderstood communities.
For complete audio and transcript and video clips from Cesari’s talk, please go here: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/studio/multimedia/20150414b/index.html
For Cole’s talk, please go here: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/studio/multimedia/20150413/index.html
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A former General Information official, considered to be one of the principal specialists on Islam in France, Bernard Godard was invited to discuss his new book The Muslim Question in France. During the interview he discusses how Islam is practiced by the generations born in France, the difficulties of the French Council of the Muslim Religion, as well as the development of the Salafist movement, Islamophobia, and the Interior Minister’s recent initiative to create a “dialogue forum” between the government and the representatives of Islam.
Akhenaton, singer and member of the band IAM, released his fifth solo album in November entitled Je suis en vie. The singer has been known for his anti-racism advocacy. In his song Etrangs fruits, a tribute to the “protest song” by Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit, the singer denounces, “zemmourification,” a reference to the polemicist who has used the media to create controversy. The rapper discussed the state of French society and the “fear of Islam.”
“Islam, a subject which is absolutely not taught.” Does France have a problem with Islam? “France is Islamophobic,” said Akhenaton: “Islamo-phobe= someone who is fearful of Islam.” For the IAM singer, this fear dates back to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
But for the rapper, the response has not been equal to the level of fear. Akhenaton calls out teaching curricula. “Do you think that our universities know the subject of Islam well? The same ones who teach history today?” he asked before adding, “it’s a subject that is absolutely not taught, while 7 million of our fellow citizens” are concerned.
Jacques Attail, former Special Advisor to Francois Mitterrand, believes that today, in France it is “more difficult to be Muslim than Jewish, because France has not yet helped to break the glass ceiling for an entire generation.” How does one explain this? “Jews have been in France for longer. For a community to integrate itself it must create a middle class, a bourgeoisie…Islam of France does not yet have all this.”
Watch a trailer for Burka Avenger, the first animated series to be produced in Pakistan. The cartoon was created by local pop star Haroon and stars a burka-clad female superhero who takes on her enemies using a martial art called Takht Kabaddi, which uses books and pens as weapons. The series is intended to provide a positive role model for girls in the face of the Taliban’s opposition to female education.
A Crown Prosecution Service investigation of a number of Sharia courts operating in mosques across the country found that these courts may be risking the safety of women by ruling in favor of possibly abusive husbands. Continue reading “Investigation Finds Women at Risk in Sharia Courts”