Europa rückt nach rechts

Europa rückt nach rechts. Grenzsicherheit und Abschottung dominieren zunehmend die Migrationspolitik der Europäischen Union. Im Innern setzen rechte Parteien auf eine symbolträchtige Identitätspolitik. Hier zum vollständigen Kommentar

Banning the Hijab in Austria

My latest analysis of the Austrian government’s attempt to ban the Hijab. Read full analysis here

Institutionalizing Islam in Contemporary Austria

At the beginning of October 2014, a social democratic–conservative coalition government in Austria presented a draft for a new Islam Act. The unanimous voice of Muslims and the government declared that the existing Islam Act, which dated back to 1912, was now outdated. The government thus aimed to amend the existing act based on the constitutional framework of the Republic of Austria’s secular system, which can be characterized as a cooperative form of secularity, where the state legally recognizes churches and religious societies that cooperate with the state in several areas. The state is equally obliged not to interfere in the internal affairs of churches and religious societies, as they in turn are seen not to interfere in daily politics and political parties’ affairs.1 The state must be neutral and hence treat churches and religious societies equally (‘principle of parity’). In looking closely at the Islam Act, it is clear that these constitutional principles were not met. Rather, the act evidences massively unequal treatment and thus discrimination against Austrian Muslim people as members of a legally recognized religious society. This article compares the Islam Act of 2015 with the Israelite Act of 1890, version of 2012. Read the full paper, authored by Rijad Dautovic and me, in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion here

Starting in minute 7:30, my interview on the Austrian government’s attempt to close mosques. Listen here

ODVV interview

ODVV interview on Islamophobia as a form of structural racism is about power relations. Read here

Ketika Perancis Menuntut Amandemen Al-Quran

Sebuah manifesto di Perancis menuntut amandemen Al-Quran dengan menghilangkan beberapa ayat yang mengandung ujaran anti semitisme. Tak pelak gagasan beraroma islamofobia tersebut memicu kontroversi. Komentar Farid Hafez

Austria’s Ban of the Hijab

How can we contextualize the initiative for banning the hijab? What is this ban’s main function? Is this law just another step of introducing discriminatory laws that treat Muslims differently than other religious groups? What can the Islamic Religious Community do about these plans? Read my analysis here

Is the Religion-line the Problem of the Twenty-First Century?

On Wednesday, April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Trump v. Hawaii case, in which the State of Hawaii is leading a challenge to an executive order preventing most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, as well as certain visitors from North Korea and Venezuela from entering the United States. The Trump administration has argued that there are legitimate national security grounds for these restrictions, while critics argue that such widespread restrictions are religiously discriminatory (an assumption based largely on Trump’s own campaign calls for a Muslim ban). Yet, while several amicus briefs in opposition have been filed by religious groups from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions (both Catholic and Protestant), other religiously affiliated groups have filed with no position on the order. Read my take on this case at Georgetown University’s Berkley Forum here