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Sep 19, 2021, 8:19 AM
How do Muslims control what is known about their faith?
It is one thing -- as I have explained in a previous blog -- for Muslim fundamentalists in power, as in Afghanistan or Iran, to dictate the content and style of education in their respective countries. The struggle to...
Sep 7, 2021, 10:47 PM
A secularist’s nightmare
I have just read that the Taliban’s new Education Minister has announced that he will close any universities whose curricula are not in strict keeping with Islam. Given what we know about the Taliban (and similar movements such as...
Aug 22, 2021, 8:58 PM
Is Afghanistan a harbinger of craziness to come?
That did not take long, did it? Most of us are familiar with long protracted struggles that never seem to end. You don’t have to explain that to Israelis. Where I started life in Northern Ireland did well to...
Aug 14, 2021, 8:59 PM
Israel’s Deadliest Foe: can it be overthrown?
As the Taliban sweep across Afghanistan, threatening to establish a new Islamic regime, many of our eyes are turned to a neighbouring regime in Iran. In place for over forty years now, it remains a threat on several levels...
Aug 11, 2021, 1:30 AM
Antisemitism and Islamophobia: the difference
For most people of my generation, it seemed axiomatic that the horrors of the Holocaust and our heads-on collision with Nazi rhetoric had expunged antisemitism from Western culture and thought. Yet here we are decades after the defeat of...
Aug 10, 2021, 3:27 PM
A liberal’s dilemma in defence of Israel
Our lives are full of contradictions, great and small. For myself, a single contradiction runs through almost everything. Put simply, it is this. I am a political liberal, yet I am a lifelong supporter of Israel. To many, that...
Retired Middle East historian, author of books, articles, and encyclopedia entries on Islam and related topics. Member of UK Liberal Democratic Party.