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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, imprisoned for ‘insulting Islam’, freed after 10 years

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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been released from prison in Saudi Arabia after serving a 10-year sentence for advocating an end to religious influence on public life, his wife said on Friday. “Raif called me. He is fre...

Middle-class Britons more likely to be biased about Islam, finds survey

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The middle and upper classes are more likely to hold prejudiced views about Islam than working-class groups, according to a survey from the University of Birmingham. In one of the most detailed surveys conducted on Is...

Why Europe’s Muslims are braced for France’s stint running the EU presidency

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France has taken over the rotating EU presidency for the next six months, an opportunity the president, Emmanuel Macron, will no doubt use to nudge Europe towards his goal of greater “strategic autonomy” in the world....

How Islam conquered my mother’s fear of cats

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Cats are perfect to most people, but not to my 42-year-old mother. She is just like any of my 17-year-old friends’ parents – she is spirited, sparky, generous and can be feisty when she needs to be. She cooks arguably...

Thirteen on trial over online threats to French teen who insulted Islam

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Thirteen people have gone on trial in France charged with online harassment, including death threats, against a teenage girl who was placed under police protection after posting anti-Islam rants on social media. The g...

Fishmongers’ Hall attacker ‘discussed Islam with Lee Rigby’s killer’

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The convicted terrorist Usman Khan discussed Islam with Lee Rigby’s killer and sought out the hate preacher Abu Hamza in his years in prison before carrying out his deadly attack at Fishmongers’ Hall in London, an inq...

Seyran Ateş: ‘I’m not a traitor – I’m fighting for progressive Islam’

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For Seyran Ateş, restrictions on daily life as a result of the Covid pandemic have had little impact. The Turkish-German human rights lawyer and advocate for progressive Islam has been unable to move freely for 15 yea...