Islam

9-11 And Radical Islamism

Bin Laden, Taliban, ayatollahs and generally speaking radical Islamists are our enemies for the same reason that all States and religions are. However, we have to recognize that their bombing attacks provided them with a stronger aura of radicalism than the one they had before.

A historical look at attitudes to homosexuality in the Islamic world

Although it is very different now, Shoaib Daniyal recounts historical examples of tolerance of homosexuality in the Muslim world, prior to colonisation by the West.

Brussels, after the terrorist suicide bomb attacks…

When after the terrorist suicide attacks in Ankara and Istanbul, the same sort of attacks occured in Brussels, by the Netherlands blog arbeidersstemmen.wordpress.com , with the feeble voice I have, I called workers to make their voices heard and to discuss with each other some reflections on the nationalist and 'security' campaigns following the bombs.

Reactionary Islamism - Mathias Wåg

Islamic state

The Arab Spring's wave of protests were followed by counterrevolution. The old regimes returned and directed their repression both towards the left and moderate political islamism. Other regimes were turned to rubble and left weakened. In that void jihadism has found room to grow and become a political power once again. Can an anti-fascist analysis help us understand what has happened?

Labour Movements and Opposition Groups in Saudi Arabia: 1950-1975

An article about the growth of the Saudi Labour movement and additional radical opposition groups, focussing on two strikes at the ARAMCO oil company in 1953 and 1956.

A people's history of Muslims in the United States - Alison Kysia

Muhammad Ali arrested for refusing the draft

Alison Kysia on what is left out of school textbooks and media reports on the history of Muslims in the US.

Black Rose on the massacre in Suruç

Black Rose Anarchist Federation Statement on the Massacre in Suruç.

Islamic State cannot destroy the real idols of our time

This is an article which will be appearing in the ICC paper this month under their new section of 'readers contributions'. In it I deal with the question of the historical roots of Islam and compare the original movement of Mohammad with the present day movement of 'Jihadists' such as ISIS. It also deals in general with the problem of reification and its connection to the older concept of idolatry and its role in these social phenomena.

If you wouldn’t do it to Jews, don’t do it to Muslims - Levi Tazir

Stamford Hill, East London.

Spare a thought for the racists. They’re having a really hard time lately. They keep trying to oppress Muslims in a liberal, rational way but accidentally end up looking like Nazis.

Ninth-century Muslim anarchists - Patricia Crone

Famous 9th Century Muslim scholar and Mu'tazilite, Al-Kindi

Interesting article from 2000 by Patricia Crone about groups of essentially anarchist Muslims from southern Iraq in the ninth century.