It seems quite intentional that the ban on full-face veiling in public places, infamously known as the so called “Burka Ban,” came into force on Oct. 1, when Austria largely becomes cloudy, the sun fades away, and with all that, the high-time of tourism from the gulf countries is also gone. One last summer, the […]
The outcome of the German elections for Bundestag did not spring a surprise for many. Read some of my comments in this article.
Austria legally recognized Islam in 1912 and has thus been characterized as a “liberal” country regarding the inclusion of Muslims. But when the law was revisioned in 2015, it was largely criticized as discriminatory, anti-constitutional, and authoritarian towards the Muslim minority. The paper asks how a number of different social movement organizations and networks have […]
Austria′s election campaign has to date been characterised by cheap propaganda and Islamophobia. Now, just four weeks before people go to the polls, Sebastian Kurz, leader of the conservative OVP, has conceded that coalition with the right-wing FPO is an option. Read full op-ed here
The anti-#Muslim, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won 13.5% of the vote in today’s federal election in Germany, becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years. How might the AfD influence German politics? READ analysis from on the role of #Islamophobia in today’s election here
“Gehört der Islam zu Österreich?” ist der Titel eines neuen Buches, herausgegeben von Die Presse-Chefredakteur Rainer Nowak und langjährigem Die Presse-Journalisten Erich Kocina. Gestern wurde das Buch erstmals präsentiert. Hier ein Kurzbericht.
In Spring 2017, I was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Here is an interview with me on the European Islamophobia Report, which was released in march this year, and the role of Islamophobia in the USA. Read here
Earlier this year, Ted Cruz introduced a bill for the second time to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Much of the momentum behind Cruz’s bill is propelled by established anti-#Muslim organizations like the Center for Security Policy, as well as academics. When anti-#Muslim voices lead efforts to implement a counterterrorism policy, one […]
Einen Monat vor der vorgezogenen Parlamentswahl in Österreich schließt der Vorsitzende der konservativen ÖVP, Sebastian Kurz, eine Koalition mit der rechten FPÖ nicht mehr aus. Der Wahlkampf wirft dabei ein Schlaglicht auf populistische Stimmungsmache und islamfeindliche Ressentiments. Hier weiterlesen