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    An LSE student’s view: An intervention in the headscarf debate: Muslim women as embodied selves

An LSE student’s view: An intervention in the headscarf debate: Muslim women as embodied selves

The polarised headscarf debate has been long standing between secular and Islamic commentators. Both sides have looked at the headscarf as a significant symbol of threat. On the one hand, the headscarf threatens the secular notion of freedom. On the other, its critics threaten the traditional Islamic notions of honor and respectability. Askarina Sumiran proposes an alternative discourse on […]

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    Book Review: Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity by Akbar Ahmed

Book Review: Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity by Akbar Ahmed

In Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity, Akbar Ahmed scrutinises the experiences of Muslims living in European nations that are facing a challenge to their hegemonic position in a global age. This is no ordinary book project, writes Tahir Abbas, praising the unprecedented wealth of information contained in this gripping, engaging and immersive study.

Few scholars have a more […]

July 11th, 2018|Featured, Latest|0 Comments|
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    ‘Some of the most important things in life cannot be counted’: Why I dislike Effective Altruism

‘Some of the most important things in life cannot be counted’: Why I dislike Effective Altruism

The Effective Altruism movement encourages a more pragmatic, efficient approach to charitable giving. But is such prioritising helpful, or does it inadvertently overlook aspects of human wellbeing that cannot be easily measured? Justin Thacker acknowledges that this ethic has some value but argues that it is too short-sighted to be an effective guide. We must identify and tackle the […]

July 4th, 2018|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: ‘Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France’ by Jim Wolfreys

Book Review: ‘Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France’ by Jim Wolfreys

In Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France, Jim Wolfreys describes the emergence of a ‘respectable racism’ against Muslims in France since the 1980s, fuelled by the ‘War on Terror’ and rooted in the nation’s colonial history. Praising the book’s candid and incisive writing, Elsa Stéphan welcomes this as a commendably comprehensive and accessible account on […]

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    A different conversation: Wittgenstein and a new type of atheism

A different conversation: Wittgenstein and a new type of atheism

Discussion between religious believers and atheists tends to produce much heat and little light, with the latter often adopting a hostile stance in dismissing the believer’s ideas as irrational and unbefitting of intelligent conversation. How can we break this cycle? Simon Glendinning has identified in the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein an intriguing passage which opens the path to a […]

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    How far do faith communities facilitate justice for victims of domestic violence?

How far do faith communities facilitate justice for victims of domestic violence?

A University of Bristol team has researched the use of religious community mechanisms as a means of securing justice for victims of domestic violence. Often a first point of contact for those who have experienced abuse, faith institutions can play a crucial part in obtaining justice. They can also fail in this duty. Natasha Mulvihill takes the example of […]

June 21st, 2018|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    ‘We will butcher every Baha’i’: How a small religious minority in Yemen became a key target for the Houthis

‘We will butcher every Baha’i’: How a small religious minority in Yemen became a key target for the Houthis

As the war in Yemen rages on, the country’s Baha’i population faces unprecedented levels of persecution simply for practising their faith and seeking to serve their communities. James Mohajer discusses Iran’s influence on the Houthis and the chilling statements made by both the Iranian and Houthi leaderships. The worst humanitarian crisis of today arguably remains under-reported – as does […]

June 18th, 2018|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    EVENT VIDEO: Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe

EVENT VIDEO: Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe

This is the recording of ‘Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe’, the event we hosted at LSE on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Chair: Professor Matthew Engelke (LSE)
Speakers: Dr Neha Sahgal (Pew Research Center), Dr Esra Özyürek (LSE), Professor Nasar Meer (University of Edinburgh)

Video credit: DIDA Media

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    Religion and sex were the major predictors of Congressional Republican opposition to Trump in 2016

Religion and sex were the major predictors of Congressional Republican opposition to Trump in 2016

In the lead up to the 2016 election, many Congressional Republicans joined the #NeverTrump movement in opposition to Donald Trump’s candidacy. In new research Lauren Johnson, Deon McCray, and Jordan Ragusa investigate why some lawmakers signed on to the movement while others did not. They find that the most significant predictors for joining the #NeverTrump movement were lawmakers’ religion […]

June 14th, 2018|Featured, Latest|1 Comment|
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    Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?

Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?

The recent ban on the wearing of full-face veils in Denmark is evidence of that country’s unease with multiculturalism, a feeling shared by some other European nations who have adopted similar legislation. Sweden, meanwhile, has largely stayed true to its policy of multiculturalism. Mahama Tawat compares Danish and Swedish policies towards immigrant communities, tracing the clear difference between the […]