The hijab and the public: How Turkey Islamized and “became polarized”

Discussions of the polarization and Islamization of Turkey under the AK Party rule – especially under Erdoğan – are quite popular in recent years: how Turkey has never been this deeply polarized, how it was fuelled by Erdoğan’s “divisive speeches” and agenda, and how this Islamization and polarization have now become so dangerous that we need to change the government or at least get rid of Erdoğan…

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A Decolonial Khutba: Imagining Islam from the perspective of the ‘wretched of the earth’

A tone – setting summer school conference is being held this week by the University of Johannesburg in central Cape Town on the topic, ‘Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies’. The conference comes in the wake of the decolonising education struggles associated with #FeesMustFall, that we have been witnessing on university campuses. Decolonisation calls for awareness of complex contradictions in our country, and directs our attention to the demands of the poor for dignified living.

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Islamophobia, One Year Later

A year has passed since six were killed and nineteen other Muslims injured in a shooting by Alexandre Bissonnette at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Sainte Foy. The event was shocking for its unexpectedly explicit violence against Muslims.

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100 Years after the Bolshevik Revolution: A Bad Muslim Critique of the World Revolution

The global radical Left needs a dose of its own therapy. It needs to dig into its medicine bag of critical theory and do some psychoanalysis on its own popular consciousness before pointing the finger at anyone else, and especially Muslims. The global radical Left’s hegemonic historiography of the Bolshevik Revolution and following Soviet project must be revisited critically, and away from the saintly hagiography that videos like this continue to put forward 100 years later.

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