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Google is Getting it

Google is Getting it

I guess I shouldn’t be startled by the news that governments and law enforcement are hitting up Google for user data – more so than ever before. Or that multiple governments have asked that content be removed, also on a record-breaking scale. What is worth applauding is that Google has for three years now been […]

Young Muslims less devout

Only 48% of Austrian Muslims consider themselves “practicing”, according to a study by a leading Austrian sociologist of religion, Paul Zulehner. The study, entitled Religious Practice of Austrians 1970-2010, shows a “rapid transition in values” from the first to the second generation of Muslim immigrants, Zulehner said, a precipitous drop that came as a surprise […]

A Visit with a Terror Suspect

A Visit with a Terror Suspect

The delicate, veiled woman opens her apartment door, sees my outstretched hand and takes it. Perhaps she hadn’t stopped to think that strict Muslims forbid physical contact with strangers. Perhaps Mona S. isn’t quite the model Muslim, she has tried since her teenage years to be. Those who toss her name around in conversation these […]

Facing the Realities of Islam in the West

An impressive line-up of speakers had gathered in the prestigious setting of the elegant, marble-floored “Camineum” at the National Library to discuss contemporary Islam. The conference – “Diverse Modern Views from European, Asian and North American Muslims,” hosted by the United States Embassy together with the United States Mission to the European Union and Women […]

Interview with A Militant

Interview with A Militant

Why do young European Muslims become extremists? That’s a question Ed Husain thinks he is very qualified to answer. For several years, he claims, he was a committed member of one of Britain’s most extreme Islamist movements – a group called Hizb ut-Tahrir. Every week the young Husain discussed inflammatory political materials in secret meetings. […]

Austrian Muslims Take The Veil

Most people have experienced what it’s like to have our heads turned by street fashions – and necks twisted, eyes widened, eyebrows raised. It can make you laugh, or feel sick, or run away. Fashion can do weird things to people. But one of the major head-turners in today’s Europe is the Muslim dress code […]

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