Jihadi Thoughts

Western commentators on things Islamic have a tendency to proceed by analogy, relating almost everything to supposedly comparable events or ideas from European or American praxis and theory. The conceit seems to be that the Islamic world resembles Seventeenth century Europe and that in due course Muslim Voltaire's or Rousseau's will emerge to lead their... Continue Reading →

Manchester: This Is The Place

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity. Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever. (This Is The Place by Tony Walsh) Less than a day after dozens of... Continue Reading →

ISIS, Napoleons of Crime

When more or less abstract ideas begin to be translated by believers in them into facts on the ground then it behoves those of us who are the objects of this activity to pay some attention to the ideas in question. Channel 4's film ISIS: The Origins of Violence by the (very) English historian Tom... Continue Reading →

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