Articles & Interviews

 

Sharia Law is Incompatible with Human Rights.

Interview with Chris Moos, Pragna Patel and Gita Sahgal on the Victory Against the Law Society.

 

 

Maryam Namazie: The Law Society has now withdrawn its Sharia-compliant guidance on wills and issued an apology. Why did you initiate a campaign against it?

 

Pragna Patel: It is easy to characterise this campaign as a ‘fuss about nothing’. The same was also said about our campaign against gender segregation in universities. What both incidents have in common is the ways in which so-called Sharia laws and values are normalised in public and institutional life as a ‘way of life’. Education and the law are key sites of control that religious fundamentalists and conservatives target. If we allow these forces to capture these sites, it will become impossible for us to challenge gender discrimination and inequality.....Read More


‘Execution Is Itself The Murder Of A Human Being.’

Interview with Mina Ahadi.

 

Maryam Namazie: Why should there be no executions in Iran or elsewhere?

 

Mina Ahadi: Execution is premeditated murder. It’s cold-blooded murder. A state decides to kill someone! Anyone can clearly understand that no one has the right to kill a human being – whatever the reason. The state is doing it in such a cold-blooded manner. Execution is the premeditated murder of people and it must be abolished from human society. No one, no state, no group has the right to kill a person - whatever the reason... Read More


Editorial

The Answer To Inhumanity Is Not More Inhumanity.

Maryam Namazie

 

The response to the likes of ISIS and the Taliban which recently massacred schoolchildren in Peshawar is not more militarism, which with cultural relativism has created the climate for the rise of the religious-Right. It is not more Iraq-isation of the world into religious, ethnic, cultural communities and societies, dividing people into every imagined homogenous grouping other than human and citizen. The response is not more “wars on terror” and attacks on civil rights or the legitimisation of torture and executions. It is not xenophobia and bigotry.... Read More


The Unfolding of a Human Tragedy:
On the Israel-Palestine Issue

Interview with Nira Yuval-Davis

 

Maryam Namazie: It’s bleak; do you see any hope for the resistance?

 

Nira Yuval-Davis: I think the politics of hope is very important in order for us not to completely despair and give up... Read More


‘ISIS’ Is No One's Representative.

Interview with Houzan Mahmoud

 

Maryam Namazie: What is the situation in Iraq for women today with the attacks by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Sham)?

 

Houzan Mahmoud: In any conflict situation, the first received reports are of attacks on women, restrictions on their movement as well as rape. These are not new of such Jihadist movements or groups, which are heavily armed and extremely primitive... Read More


Editorial

Murder Can Never Be Justified —
On the Israeli Offensive On Gaza.

Maryam Namazie

 

Those who side with the Israeli state because they despise the Islamists as well as those who side with Hamas because they despise Israeli government war-mongering forget one thing. They do more of what each side does to the other. They justify the mass dehumanisation and collective blame on countless innocent people caught in the crossfire of terrorists... Read More


Secularism is a Human Right

Interview with AC Grayling

 

Maryam Namazie: What is secularism and what is the value of secularism for both believers and non-believers?

 

AC Grayling: Firstly let me say it's a great pleasure to be with you as I'm a big admirer of what you do. Secularism has to be distinguished from atheism and from other.....Read More


Editorial

A female earthquake “by stealth”

Maryam Namazie

 

Tehranˈs Interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoeslam Kazem Sedighi recently said: “In certain towns and cities, some have been seen to have removed their headscarves. This lack of hijab has infiltrated homes via ......Read More


‘Equality before the law’ is not just an empty phrase

Interview with Pragna Patel

 

The practice note (guidelines) issued by the Law Society is extremely problematic because what it seeks to do is to institutionalise a profoundly discriminatory approach to the question of property settlements, disputes and trusts concerning women and children in minority communities.....Read More


Sharia law is madness

Maryam Namazie

 

Sharia law is highly contested and vehemently opposed in many places across the globe.

 
In Algeria, women’s rights activists singing for change label 20 years of Sharia in the family code as 20 years of madness ...... Read More


This is my body; I will do whatever I want with it

 

Interview with Amina Sboui and Aliaa Magda Elmahdy

 

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy: In Egypt, a woman is like a lifeless body, a corpse. This body is owned by other people. They think if she doesn’t follow the rules, it is okay to beat her, to harass her; it is okay to kill her. So the best way...... Read More


I will be nude, I’ll protest and I’ll challenge you!

 

Maryam Namazie

 

All religions have a disturbing view of the female and her body. Islam is no different. Given that Islamism – a regressive political movement with state power and political influence in many places – is using Islam as its  ...... Read More


Women’s breasts: a serious threat

 

Patty Debonitas

 

Thousands of people have attended breastfeeding protests in support of a Staffordshire mother who was labelled a "tramp" for feeding her baby in public. The breast is a thing of concern for many. To show it or not, to look or not. ...... Read More


Secularism, Islamism and the Anti-Immigration Confusion

 

Interview with Kenan Malik

 

Maryam Namazie: Restrictions demanded by Islamists are viewed as the demand of Muslims and immigrants who are seen to be a homogeneous group with no differences of opinion. Immigrants and Muslims ...... Read More


Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive is just plain offensive

 

Maryam Namazie

Rouhani’s “charm offensive” (including the “historic nuclear deal” and the promise of opening Iran up for business) is the other side of the coin of the regime’s intensification of repression. If you smile rather than scowl and utter  ...... Read More


World Hijab Day

Maryam Namazie

1 February is World Hijab Day. What next? Maybe a World Mutilation Day to show support for women and girls who have been mutilated and World Child Marriages Day when we can marry off our under-aged daughters to show support ...... Read More


Against gender apartheid: Mixing is the future of humanity

 

Interview with Marieme Helie Lucas

 

Maryam Namazie: What is the nature of the recent sex segregation scandal at Universities UK where the representative body issued guidance saying side by side sex segregation was permissible? Why does it occur

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Gender apartheid is an Islamist demand

 

Maryam Namazie

 

Segregation of the sexes is an Islamist demand though it is often couched as a right and demand of ‘Muslims’. When Islamists have state power like in Iran or Saudi Arabia, it’s the law. Transgressing it can mean fines, imprisonment or worse. ...... Read More


We should not abandon secularism

 

Interview with Pragna Patel and Gita Sahgal

 

Maryam Namazie: The term post-secular is being used a lot recently to say that western secularism may have come to an end and that it’s irrelevant for other societies, particularly given the “religious revival.” Is there a religious revival or is it political? Is secularism western and irrelevant for other ...... Read More


Secularism as a Universal Right

 

Maryam Namazie

 

The concept of ‘post-secularism’ aids in theorising efforts to diminish secularism’s importance just when it’s needed most. A theory that insists that secularism lacks relevance, particularly for ‘non-Westerners,’ is part of the project to dismantle it and knowingly or unwittingly enhances......Read More


The veil is nothing but the flag of the

Muslim far right

 

Interview with Marieme Helie Lucas

 

Maryam Namazie: Limitations on the veil in schools and an all-out ban on the burqa or niqab are often seen to be authoritarian. Your views?

 

Marieme Helie Lucas: First of all....Read More


Neither Veil nor Submission


Maryam Namazie


The niqab (and burqa) must be banned to protect women’s rights and secularism – and not just out of concern for security.  It’s a shroud, strait jacket, and mobile prison for .....Read More


The rise of Fitnah


Women’s News Interview with Maryam Namazie


Women’s eNews: Why did you label the campaign 'Fitnah'? In the email received yesterday, you say "women are seen to be the source of fitnah or affliction"...... Read More


Whilst Rouhani Smiles Abroad, Attacks Continue Unabated


Maryam Namazie


Hassan Rouhani, the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been hailed as a moderate and reformer. Whilst he smiles abroad, however, the ......... Read More

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Secularism is a Right; Freedom is my Culture

 

Maryam Namazie on human rights

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