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L’Etat islamique à la « conquête » d’Istanbul. Le Monde.fr | • Mis à jour le | Par Ghalia Kadiri L’Etat islamique poursuit sa redoutable opération marketing et lance Konstantiniyye, un magazine mensuel en turc, également disponible gratuitement en ligne. Le premier numéro est paru le jour de la date d’anniversaire de la conquête de Constantinople par les Ottomans, le 29 mai 1453, fêté en grande pompe en Turquie. Konstantiniyye n’est pas le premier instrument d’une propagande soigneusement mise en scène par l’Etat islamique.

Sa revue en arabe, Dabiq, lancée en 2014, a ensuite été déclinée en anglais, en russe et dans une version française dénommée Dar Al-Islam. Avec 46 pages en couleur, illustrées de photos des plus beaux monuments stambouliotes, Konstantiniyye rassemble tous les codes d’un magazine traditionnel. L’EI renforce son réseau multinational Lire aussi : Clips, Facebook, Twitter… l’EI, une com' moderne au service du djihad En publiant une revue en turc, l’Etat islamique manifeste d’autant son désir d’expansion en Anatolie. The Incredible Muslim Hulk proves to be no friend of Islam either. Protesters clash with Sydney police Hundreds take part in an anti-Islam film protest in Sydney in front of the US consulate in Sydney on Saturday.

P 17, 2012 WHERE do I start? Perhaps with the viral image that will come to define this episode: a child who'd be three or four hoisting a sign triumphantly above his head blaring ''Behead all those who insult the Prophet'' while a woman, presumably his mother, thinks this is cute enough to capture on her smartphone.

This is the behaviour of a drunkenly humiliated people: swinging wildly with the hope of landing a blow, any blow, somewhere, anywhere. No. That, you see, is all that matters. Advertisement We know because so much of the weekend's ranting was nakedly gratuitous: ''Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell''. This is the behaviour of a drunkenly humiliated people: swinging wildly with the hope of landing a blow, any blow, somewhere, anywhere. Blasphemy laws: politics far from God's intentions - The Drum Opinion. Find More Stories Blasphemy laws: politics far from God's intentions Irfan Yusuf Rimsha Masih , an illiterate 14-year-old girl, lives in hiding with her family in a secret location somewhere in Pakistan.

She was released on bail after being charged with a blasphemy offence under Pakistan's Penal Code. In a nearby prison, the illiterate farmhand Asia Bibi languishes in prison awaiting her appeal against a death sentence imposed on her after she allegedly insulted Islam. Both accused are from Pakistan's minority Christian community. We in the West look on as horrified spectators. That was when the real enemy was not so much a form of theocratic Islam as an evil empire known as the Soviet Union.

In 1979, the Soviet army marched into Afghanistan. General Zia embarked upon an ambitious program of "Islamisation". Jihad rallies were taking place across the country, and attending a jihad training camp was akin to attending scouts. Before his assassination, Taseer visited Asia Bibi. Email Share x Digg. Socialism and Religion. V. I. Lenin The economic oppression of the workers inevitably calls forth and engenders every kind of political oppression and social humiliation, the coarsening and darkening of the spiritual and moral life of the masses.

The workers may secure a greater or lesser degree of political liberty to fight for their economic emancipation, but no amount of liberty will rid them of poverty, unemployment, and oppression until the power of capital is overthrown. Religion is one of the forms of spiritual oppression which everywhere weighs down heavily upon the masses of the people, over burdened by their perpetual work for others, by want and isolation.

Impotence of the exploited classes in their struggle against the exploiters just as inevitably gives rise to the belief in a better life after death as impotence of the savage in his battle with nature gives rise to belief in gods, devils, miracles, and the like. Religion must be declared a private affair. Lectures. 100 pages obligatoires à lire pour tous les participants : 1. Données générales Carte géopolitique du Monde arabo-musulman avec confessions chiites/sunnites selon la région Heydemann, Steven, « Introduction », in War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East, University of California Press, 2000 War, Institutions and Social Change in the Middle East Picard, Élizabeth, « Le monde arabe, un ensemble construit par les représentations et structuré par les contraintes », dans La politique dans le monde arabe, Paris, Colin, 2006, pp. 11-28 Le monde arabe, un ensemble construit par les représentations et structuré par les contraintes 2.

Bozarslan, Hamit, « Radicalismes, révoltes et répressions dans l’espace kurde (1958-2003) », dans Bozarslan, Hamit, Conflit kurde, Paris, Autrement, 2009, pp. 48-79 Radicalismes, révoltes et répressions dans l’espace kurde (1958-2003) Brodeur, Patrice, « Les tensions religieuses et internationales au Moyen-Orient : Existe-t-il une menace islamiste ? P. Related: Islam + Left - Michael Brull. The Left should be firmly and unapologetically secularist. The Left, rightly in my view, has historically stood for classical Enlightenment values of rationalism.

We should support people thinking for themselves, rather than believing in irrational and empirically dubious dogmas. We should support people challenging undeserving authorities, rather than offering them deference or outright obedience. During the Iranian revolution, French philosopher Michel Foucault solemnly explained: one thing must be clear. Middle East expert Maxime Rodinson sought to correct this misimpression. Political Islam can take many different forms. In the 1950s, the wildly popular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser electrified the Arab world with his relatively secular independent nationalism. The Eisenhower administration in the US responded with a plan to build up King Saud as a counterweight to Nasser.4 The nature of the Saudi government was well known. The Pakistani Taliban have, he continued: Related: Islam + Left - Tad Tietze. Michael Brull makes two key claims that lead him to confusing issues of principle and strategy for a Left forced to deal with political Islam’s influence.

First, he argues that while ‘[p]olitical Islam can take many different forms’, it is not anti-imperialism, it is not feminism, and it is not socialism – and he backs this with examples of reactionary policies and betrayals by various Islamist formations. If the argument were about whether the Left should import Islamism into its politics, there would be nothing to debate. We should not: we must remain fiercely critical and independent of any reactionary policies and actions.

But today the organised Left is almost everywhere a marginal force, and organisations well to the Right of us play a major role in resisting imperialism, dictatorship and neoliberalism, however inconsistently. Islamism is not just the ideology of certain ruling elites in the Middle East and Asia: Islamists also play key roles in opposition from below. Tad Tietze response.

The wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab world represents a sharp break from almost a decade of defensive struggle against triumphant neoliberalism and neo–conservatism. Philosopher Peter Hallward calls it an opportunity to break the pattern of TINA (the notion that ‘there is no alternative’ to the relentless assault by ruling elites on their peoples), while Slavoj Žižek celebrates the revolution’s appeal to the ‘eternal idea of freedom, justice and dignity’.34 Yet some are anxious that the revolts will be hijacked by Islamist political currents bent on imposing sharia law, oppressing women and homosexuals, and crushing hopes for freedom under theocratic rule. The spectre of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has been raised not only by Western leaders but by some sympathetic to the uprisings. In my view, building united fronts with Islamist currents around specific issues is an inescapable part of any potentially successful Left politics in the Middle East.

Tad Tietze response. Michael Brull response. Perhaps the most astonishing thing in Tietze’s essay is his dismissal of ‘a naïve adherence to secularism as a progressive force in the modern world’. It reminds me of Emma Goldman’s meeting with Lenin, during which he informed her that ‘free speech … is, of course, a bourgeois notion’. Goldman reeled in horror: ‘Free Speech, free Press, the spiritual achievements of centuries, what were they to this man?’ 45 All I can say is: yes, Tad, secularism is a progressive force in the modern world, and has been for a long time. I would be amazed if he disputed that in Europe, or if he was willing to compromise secularist values in Australia. At the time of writing, a Christian Pakistani politician has just been murdered by Islamist fanatics who think it’s blasphemy to reform the blasphemy laws (which impose the death penalty).46 In January, Salmaan Taseer was also murdered for standing in solidarity with a Christian accused of blasphemy.

[There was not] a single clap for me. Chris Harman: Prophet and proletariat (Conclusions) REDS – Die Roten > Religion (E) | Religion (D) > Prophet & proletariat Conclusions It has been a mistake on the part of socialists to see Islamist movements either as automatically reactionary and “fascist” or as automatically “antiimperialist” and “progressive”. Radical Islamism, with its project of reconstituting society on the model established by Mohammed in 7th century Arabia, is, in fact, a “utopia” emanating from an impoverished section of the new middle class. As with any “petty bourgeois utopia” [128], its supporters are, in practice, faced with a choice between heroic but futile attempts to impose it in opposition to those who run existing society, or compromising with them, providing an ideological veneer to continuing oppression and exploitation.

It is this which leads inevitably to splits between a radical, terrorist wing of Islamism on the one hand, and a reformist wing on the others. Socialists cannot regard petty bourgeois utopians as our prime enemies. Notes 128. 129. More than opium: Marxism and religion. Issue: 119 Posted: 24 June 08 John Molyneux About 20 years ago I spoke on “Marxism and religion” at the Socialist Workers Party Easter Rally in Skegness. I began, roughly, with the words, “Today, in Britain, religion—fortunately—is not a major political issue.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Scarcely a day passes without a news item raising the alarm about alleged “hate preaching” imams, or a mosque being taken over by “fundamentalists”, or an opinion piece about the deeply flawed nature of Islam, or a radio discussion about whether “moderate” Muslims are doing enough to combat “the extremists” and prevent Muslim youth from being “radicalised”, or a TV programme on the plight of Muslim women, or a scare story about some stupidity committed in the name of Islam somewhere in the world.

Islamic extremism in Britain is creating communities which are “no-go areas” for non-Muslims, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, warned yesterday. Materialism and religion.

Mona Eltahawy why they hate us

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. Immigration. Islam. The west. Christopher Caldwell's book is divided into three neat sections. The structure represents an equation - immigration multiplied by Islam equals the collapse of the west. The logic behind it is simple: in a fit of absent-mindedness, western Europe has opened its doors to an "adversary culture" based on the "hyper-identity" of Islam. The Muslim immigrants came to Europe intending to "seize territory" and they are now ready to "colonise" Europe. Civilisation as we know it will disappear once Europe is integrated into the House of Islam. This is not an original thesis. While retaining the basic features of orientalism - the framing of Islamic values as the antithesis of Europe, the equation of Islam with fanaticism, violence and despotism, an obsession with Muslim women and the veil - Caldwell has had to accommodate to changing circumstances.

That we are firmly in neo-orientalist territory is clear from the start. His manipulation of statistics is crude, too. Book Review - 'Reflections on the Revolution in Europe,' by Christopher Caldwell - Review. Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West (9780385518260): Christopher Caldwell.