18 September, 2020

Now, The Summer

Will Radical Islam hijack what has been a democratic Spring?

Ed Ou
Now, The Summer
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The Theocracy Threat

  • Post-Spring, it’s war of ideas between liberals, Islamists
  • Islam rich with alternatives to hardline ‘Shariah polity’
  • Greater conflict with Israel a real likelihood. Anger cuts across ideological shades.

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Am I allowed to wear a necktie? I was a 17-year-old Muslim growing up in England in the early 1990s, and questions like this dominated my daily life. Born and raised in London, I was British. But my parents were from India and I looked different: brown skin, black hair. At the same time, thousands of blond, blue-eyed Europeans were being killed for being Muslim in Bosnia.

During that teenage identity crisis, an older friend I had met at a mosque gave me a magazine with a picture of an Egyptian imam from the 1940s, wearing a tie and jacket, albeit with a traditional fez! All the imams I had seen in London mosques wore flowing Arabian robes. On television, representatives of the...

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