“The colonialist administration invested great sums in this combat. After it had posited that the woman constituted the pivot of Algerian society, all efforts were made to obtain control over her.”
“This woman who sees without being seen frustrates the coloniser”
~ Frantz Fanon
The Cannes ban on the Hijab/full body suits, where politically expedient, theologised, metaphysical ideas tangibly trump a Muslim woman’s ability to attend the beach, presents yet another example of the much vaunted “tolerance” born from “secular indifference to religion”, usually postulated as an argument against Islam.
The ban is blatantly premised on reductionist, culturalist logic (“ostentatious displays of religious affiliation” referring to “an allegiance to terrorist movements” is a colonialist trope used to justify repression against a people). It is clearly discriminatory against the Muslim minority, conflicting with the ideas it seeks to protect; one can really insufflate the freedom, liberty and neutrality of religion in the French official’s words.
Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
The question needs to be raised. Muslim organisations have generally been silent. Scholars and Imams also seem to be mute on the issue. And Muslim civil society, bar a few examples, has generally been inert in its response. It seems the continuous abstraction of Muslims into the counter-terrorism discourse is taking its toll and numbing the minds to the elephant in the room.
The question relates to Muslim refugees entering Europe and subsequently converting to Christianity.
Whilst the PREVENT Strategy is experiencing its pangs of death with blow after blow of criticisms hurled its way, the structure of oppression which it has embedded in the monitoring of schools continues to result in the agenda-driven marginalisation and stigmatisation of Islam and Muslims. From the expressly discriminatory, disproven Trojan Hoax fiasco of 2014, and the purge of Muslim teachers based on privately held views, to signification of Islamic beliefs and practices as “extremist”, the legacy of neocons and their social engineering agenda is a destruction of social cohesion and express institutionalisation of anti-Muslim/Islam hatred.
The recent target of the anti-Islam Ofsted is the independent school Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham.
CROSSPOST: CJ Werleman
Aleppo is now ground zero in the fight between Syria’s Russian-backed Assad regime and the kaleidoscope of factions that comprise the rebel insurgency in the country.
At the time of writing, pro-Syrian forces have surrounded the eastern side of the city, where at least 300,000 inhabitants remain, almost certain to face a similar fate to the tens of thousands who were starved, bombed and exhausted to death in Homs a year or two earlier.
Doctors besieged in the city describe “horrifying conditions”. According to some accounts, less than 30 doctors and medical staff remain in a city that requires hundreds more. Other reports describe doctors working around the clock, surviving on one to two hours of sleep and only a handful of dried dates.
Since the civil war began five years ago, more than 700 medical personnel have been killed, while Russian-Assad air strikes were carried out against five hospitals in the last week of July alone.
Using the recent spate of attacks in Europe as a pretext, Douglas Murray bolted for his bubble of comfort like a greyhound and proceeded to blame Islam in two particularly vitriolic anti-Muslim pieces. At first my thoughts were *sigh* this is getting really old, can someone really take such a hate-filled hypocritical neocon fascist seriously? Then of course you drink some coffee and realise that yes, nutcases, loons, opportunistic individuals and organisations who feed off such rhetoric – financially and egotistically – do exist. They operate as cogs in a well-oiled machine which perpetuates global wars and fosters a closed society at home through the use of such decrepit narratives. A comment to document such ludicrous statements of a man who runs a hate-financed think-tank, which has influenced domestic and international security, is unfortunately necessary.
It goes without saying that I have been experiencing some manifestation of anti-Muslim hatred on a weekly basis for some years now. I often return it with a smile, or a peace sign, or, in the rare case where I am not in a particularly good mood, a retort like “how many GCSE’s did you pass again?” By the Grace of Allah, I have yet to experience a violent version of this simmering hatred.
Recently, witnessing comments made by two ladies against two women donned in niqabs brought to sharp attention the internationalisation of the alienation of Islam and Muslims. Seeing the veiled women who were tending to their little ones, the faces of two passing ladies crumpled into a frown and the skin colour took on a bruising red as they, clutching their prams, uttered the now ubiquitous slogan heard by Muslims of all stripes: “you do not belong in this country”, before scurrying off into a tram. They had German accents.
Since the Trojan Hoax fiasco, project deconstruction of Islam has been complimented by project purge. Muslim teachers have had their careers and reputations ruined whilst teachers from evangelical Christian backgrounds remained unscathed despite similar allegations raised against them having been brought to light on this very blog.
Anti-Muslim Ofsted, Anti-Islam Wilshaw
Ofsted has allegedly undergone a complete change. A number of inspectors my sources have spoken to have stated that Ofsted has adopted an “Islamophobic agenda”, with a blatant focus on Islamic schools and schools in Muslim majority areas being made the focus.
My sources also state that there is a trend of Muslim inspectors who wear Islamic garb and visual cues like the beard being quietly dropped, with their contracts not being renewed.