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Maryam Namazie: The Law Society has now withdrawn its Sharia-compliant guidance on wills and issued an apology.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


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


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


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

Frequently Asked Questions on Fitnah

Maryam Namazie Responds

Secularism is a Right; Freedom is my Culture


Maryam Namazie on human rights

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