Tag: islam

A recipe for mashing civilisations

By Khaled Diab The migratory history of foodstuffs and cuisines reveals that our dinner tables, like our societies, are both melting pots and salad bowls of ingredients from many different civilisations. Wednesday 8 December 2021 Arabs are convinced they speak…

Arab atheists: A demonised minority

Atheists are widely misunderstood by many Arabs and Muslims. There are those who believe us to be Satanists or that we have no moral compass and are debauch degenerates. But understanding and sympathy are growing. Saturday 2 October 2021 Names…

Remembering Jewish Arabists and Arab Jews

By Khaled Diab In these polarised times, the social, political and cultural influence and fluid identities of Arab Jews and Jewish Arabists is largely forgotten when it should be commemorated and celebrated. Wednesday 16 June 2021 “No doubt, Allah will…

How not to make Europe great again

By Khaled Diab A new alliance of Italian, Polish and Hungarian far-right parties promises a renaissance that will make Europe great and Christian again. The trouble is the original Renaissance was not Christian, and Europe has never been better. Thursday…

Lessons in religious intolerance

By Khaled Diab Using offensive images of Muhammad in the context of a lesson on blasphemy is entirely justifiable pedagogically, intellectually and morally. Conservative Muslims protesting against it are attempting to shut down free inquiry and undermining pluralism. Wednesday 21…

When Muslims make merry at Christmas

By Khaled Diab For Western Muslims, Christmas is just outside their doorsteps. For some, Christmas even skips merrily in from the cold and crosses the threshold into their homes.  Monday 6 January 2020 Here in Belgium, people do not traditionally…