Leila Aboulela takes me straight into the life of a woman on the edge of the world of Sudan and Scotland, on the edge of islam and the modern western world.  Sammar is a translator at a university in Scotland, she works with her boss Rae Isles, an islam- specialist. He has written a book … Continue reading review THE TRANSLATOR

isis, hollywood, islam

Youssef Rakha is an Egyptian writer who looked at a horror movie, but was it a horror movie? Orangeclad men at a beach in northern Africa. Coptic men from Egypt, second class citizens in their own country Egypt. People with a history surpassing that of their islamic executioners.  What did happen here and what is … Continue reading isis, hollywood, islam

why islam needs a reformation

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born writer and speaker. She has written several books on her life and her thoughts. She was born in a muslim-family, but later in life she decided to leave the house of islam. Many people did not take kindly to that. In The Netherlands where she worked as an MP, … Continue reading why islam needs a reformation

ayaan hirsi ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, lived in Kenya, moved to Europe and settled in The Netherlands. She managed to become a member of the Dutch Parliament. She collaborated with the cineast Theo van Gogh (descendant of Vincent’s brother Theo) who was killed in broad daylight in Amsterdam by a muslim, who disagreed with … Continue reading ayaan hirsi ali

kamel daoud: ce qui me fait peur

The Algerian writer Kamel Daoud draws lines from the attack on the World Trade Center in New York (9/11) and the attack on the editorial office of the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo.  The writer himself is the victim of an islamic attack on his life. A salafist leader pronounced a fatwa on Kamel.