What’s the one percent to do when the world they probably helped destroy finally crumbles? From luxury bunkers and floating cities to an escape route to Mars, AJ+ takes a look at doomsday prepping for the super rich.
An interesting new paper recently published in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, discusses the impact of the 2011 campaign, carried out by the French government, to publicize and promote the law banning the full veil from public spaces. The paper goes on to discuss how this campaign used specific norms of female dress in order to establish a certain understanding of French citizenship, which in turn only served to further alienate young Muslim women in France.
In 2007 President Sarkozy pledged to ‘protect’ women from oppression. He led a nationwide consultation and political campaign centred on gender and nationalism to publicise and promote the law banning the full veil from public spaces. This brought forward tensions with Islam and raised questions about the exclusionary nature of French citizenship. In 2011 an act was passed prohibiting the concealment of the face in public spaces; the burqa ban. A new article by Claire Hancock in Gender, Place and Culture studies the implications for gender, race, religion and citizenship in France. Can a veiled woman be truly French?
The Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA) launched its anti-racism campaign called “Against Racism, Against Hatred” in Brixton, a suburb in south London, UK. The community event commenced at the Brixton Recreation Centre with a motivational talk from iERA’s chairman, Abdurraheem Green. This was then followed by training of 20 or so attendees from Hamza Tzortzis, Head of Education and Research at iERA on how to give dawah and approach members of the public with a survey questionnaire on racism and Islamophobia. All in all, the day was a success as the survey idea (first pioneered by the Myriad Foundation in Manchester, may Allah bless them and reward their efforts) worked very well in opening up friendly dialogue and discussion. iERA hopes this will be the start of bigger and better activities challenging the evil notion of racism, God willing.
A Nigerian court last Friday said the Lagos local government had acted correctly in banning Muslim headscarves (hijab) at public schools, a ruling that drew the ire of the city’s Muslim community, which has vowed to appeal the decision.
“The prohibition of the wearing of hijab over school uniforms within and outside the premises of public schools was not discriminatory,” Justice Modupe Onyeabor of a Lagos high court ruled on Friday.
A group of young British Muslims launched a campaign to reject the Islamic state, whose acts of violence in recent weeks has sparked international denunciation.
Following the murder of David Haines, the latest in a series of violent murders committed by the Islamic state, the campaign was launched to urge Muslims in Britain to denounce the acts of ISIS carried in the name of Islam.
Led by Active Change Foundation, a foundation for charity based in London, the campaign #NotInMyName is launched to raise awareness against the brutality and dangers of the ISIS, calling on Muslims to stand against this group, which is “damaging Islam and Muslims”.
On the campaign’s promotional video posted on YouTube, a veiled girl said, “The ISIS does not represent Islam or any Muslim.”
More than a decade after France refused to back the 2003 Iraq invasion, France becomes the first country to join the US aerial campaign in the country
Two Rafale fighter jets flying on a reconnaissance mission over Iraq after taking off from the Al-Dhafra base in the UAE (AFP)
France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the militants.
More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US aerial campaign in the war-torn country.
By: Ruqayyah Dawood
In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
A Muslim Sisters’ Response to the Campaign of Dr Taj Hargey to Ban the Burka in Britain
As a British female revert to Islam, I am yet again offended by a man trying to impose his beliefs about what he thinks is best for me, what I should wear and how I should practice my chosen faith.