A spate of French towns have banned burkinis. It’s the latest move in a long history of unease over women’s (and sometimes men’s) clothing.
The burkini bans, now overturned by a French court, are selective and ridiculous. But controversy over women’s clothing, and competing cultural notions of appropriate garb, are nothing new.
Islam is not a monolith, and understanding its source code has value for everyone.
Undertaking a Muslim education – coming to understand the faith's teachings and its ideas about humanity – can have enormous value for anyone who wishes to tackle social conflicts.
The militant extreme right is also capable of attracting young Australians to its cause.
The arrest on terrorism charges of a white 'nationalist extremist' from an avowedly right-wing organisation should alert Australians to the dangers of violence from that direction.
Pauline Hanson, speaking on Q&A.
After a question from a Muslim audience member, Senator-elect Pauline Hanson said "your Grand Mufti won't even come out and condemn the terrorist attacks that’s happened overseas". Is that right?
Online and offline activism are merging, as recognised by this protest against the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Racial abuse and violence and the intertwining of 'offline' and 'online' worlds call for new methods for opposing racism in public.
Clashes over the building of a mosque in Bendigo are a reminder of how easily strong public feelings about immigration can be exploited.
Australians need to have a broad conversation about immigration. This must go beyond border security to discuss immigration's broad functions, social impacts and the national interests it serves.
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Dallas Rogers speaks with Rhonda Itaoui about her research into Islamophobia and navigating the city as a Muslim in the wake of public fear over terror attacks and a lack of understanding about Islam.
Pegida is striving to project a respectable image.
The anti-Islamisation group caused no trouble in Birmingham this weekend – but that's part of a very deliberate strategy.
Pegida supporters in London.
Germany's far-right, anti-Islamic street movement is coming to the Midlands, and it has a familiar face at its helm.
It’s been a decade since the Cronulla riots, but have the attitudes that fuelled these violent tensions changed in Australian society?
A decade on from the Cronulla Riots, Australia needs to reflect upon the lessons that should be learnt following the riot which divided a nation.
Wants to make Czech Rep great again, thinks xenophobia is the perfect way to do it.
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He's been a prime minister and a president but he's best-known now for his xenophobic interventions.
An open and honest discussion about radicalisation cannot ignore the alienating impacts of racism and Islamophobia, starkly on display at this vandalised Muslim prayer centre in Brisbane.
A frank debate about the causes of extremism and terrorism would acknowledge uncomfortable issues like the alienating impacts of racism, Islamophobia and Western military actions and foreign policy.
The quality of everyday life for many European Muslims is deteriorating. It's time for radical change.
IS claims responsibility for series of assaults. President Hollande says it is an 'act of war'.
Reclaim Australia is attracting a broad assortment of supporters based on a loosely defined platform of anti-Muslim, anti-immigration and economic protectionist sentiment.
Reclaim Australia is not the first radical nationalist movement to emerge in Australia, and it has applied the lessons of past groups' mistakes to attract a broader range of people to its rallies.
Reclaim Australia supporters at the April rallies displayed a mix of liberal and anti-Muslim slogans.
If Reclaim Australia were rallying Muslims, the liberal media would examine its religious inspirations. Yet the media treat its supporters as disgruntled individuals rather than Christian representatives.
A far-right protestor carries a noose through the streets of Prague.
Anti-immigration protesters carried nooses through the streets of Prague as police stood by without acting.
No society is immune from the rise of ‘us and them’ intolerance expressed through anger and a desire for brutal revenge.
Islamic State is symptomatic of a disturbed and troubled social order. The vast crisis of dislocated people and communities is being expressed in anger, intolerance and perverted notions of honour.
There are no easy ‘tell-tale signs’ of radicalisation.
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Extra attention from university staff could make it hard to reconcile being publicly Muslim with being an 'ordinary' student.
Depressingly familiar aftermath of a free speech debate in Texas.
In the strange parallel world where free speech means causing offence and taking offence means revenge, life and death go on ad nauseam.