Diversity in Islam
for Absolute Beginners
Roughly 1 in 5 of the world's population is muslim - that's over a billion people. Yet for all the talk about a global society with the telecommunication revolution bringing knowledge to the masses, what most westerners from christian backgrounds know about Islam can be written on the back of a small postage stamp
The trouble with
The September 11 attacks, the Afghan war that followed from it and the ongoing war in Israel/Palestine have once again raised the issue of Islam in the minds of many anarchists in Ireland and Britain. Not just because of the role Islam has in shaping those conflicts but also because militant Islam has become a far more noticeable presence on solidarity demonstrations.
Hijab: lifting the
Standing up to religious oppression or state racism? Ultimately we believe that people should have the freedom to dress whatever way they like. This means freedom from state interference and freedom from religious interference in how one should dress.
modern schizophrenia of Islamic integralism
To understand the ideology of Islam it is critical to understand that the prophet-merchant Muhammad was beyond anything else the founding father of worldly empires
Reversion to Islamic Archaism?
We reproduce a key 1981 essay on Islamic fundamentalism by the Middle Eastern radical writer Lafif Lakhdar. This is a detailed materialist history of the development of Islamic archaism up to the Iranian revolution.
A Call to the Muslims of the World from
a Group of Freethinkers and Humanists of Muslim
Statements on the connections between
Islam and the WTC attacks
Testimonies:Why I Left Islam
The Iranian secular society has been formed to publicise the destructive effects of the Islamic government in Iran and contribute to bring about a secular society
Misery of Islam - Al-Djouhall
The challenge of our times -for us proletarians who live in countries where Islam is part and parcel of the status quo-, is to criticize this "religion of the desert
"We come to bury
the Turkish Republic, not to praise it"
Fundamentalism, nationalism and Militarism in Turkey, an article by Turkish anarchists
On the Necessity of the
Struggle Against Political Islam.
Resolution of Worker Communist Party of Iraq
Lost Causes and Self-defeated Movements
Iran communist criticises those who defend political Islam as part of opposing war, also see The Antiwar Movement Legitimises Political Islam
New Internationalist issue on Fundamentalism
This issue on fundamentalism tries to go beyond simply 'rounding up the usual suspects'
Fundamentalist Resurgence: Causes and
A rather dogmatic trotskyist article from 1994 but with some useful information as he is in Pakistan
The Menace of Islamic Fundamentalism and the
Hypocrisy of Imperialism
Another essay by the same author from the same flawed perspective but useful as its from 2000 and has some more recent information
Medea (European Commmision's European/Middle East Research) on
Starts with some basic definitions
University College of St Martins's (UK)
part of a page of links to information on various religions including Islam
The Myth of Islamic Fundamentalism
"it is the Western rendition of Islam, and not an expression which Muslims have anything to do with. Apparently, it seems to imply that there is what you may call fundamentalist Islam as distinct from non-fundamentalist Islam"
Why some Britons have joined the jihad against
" The same motives that drove some young men from the Middle East to become suicide bombers have also driven young British Muslims to join the jihad."
The theological roots of the Taliban