The two most recent terrorist attacks in the UK – one in London and one in Manchester – have raised significant questions around how society and communities should respond.
Following the London Bridge and Manchester attacks, we need to have conversations about the acceptance of emotion in politics, causes of terrorism, and Islamophobia.
IS extremists hate everything the popstar represents. She is an independent young woman with a mind of her own and thousands of loyal followers keen to follow in her footsteps.
The attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the Nail Bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on a false totalitarianism that insists that the world cannot be shared with ‘others.’
Since 9/11, and even more so with the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, violence in the name of God is predominantly perceived as a “different” kind of violence, that triggers more “absolute” and radical manifestations. As a result, the dominant assessment of religion in world affairs, is that the scope and reach … Continue reading “Islam as a political force: more than belief”