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Islam

The Islamic Council of Victoria is optimistic
By André Dao
The Islamic Council of Victoria sits in a nondescript office building on a side street in West Melbourne, between two busy arterials shuttling traffic in and out of the CBD. When I visit, it’s only been a couple of weeks since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Abdul Numan Haider in Melbourne’s Endeavour Hills, and I
Cory Bernadi standing for something, 2011. © Matt Turner / Newspix / News Limited
Cory Bernardi, Conservative Warrior
By Sally Neighbour
Women celebrates the Eid al-Adha festival at Lakemba Mosque, 2003. © Ben Rushton / Fairfax
Sharia Law
By Sally Neighbour
The ruins of the Roman colonnade at Apamea, Syria, 2010. Courtesy of the author.
Damascus
By Robert Dessaix
Shamans at a funeral ceremony, Ivory Coast. © Fulvio Roiter / Corbis
Aravind Adiga on VS Naipaul’s ‘The Masque of Africa’
By Aravind Adiga
Richard Dawkins’ ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’
By Ian Lowe
You wouldn’t believe me if I claimed that almost half the people in a rich, modern country still thought the earth was flat, or that the Roman Empire never existed. It would be a ridiculous assertion. Yet almost half of all adults in the United States believe that human beings did not evolve from other species, but
John Keane’s ‘The Life and Death of Democracy’
By Tim Soutphommasane
It has been a mixed year so far for democracy. There have been peaceful elections in India and Indonesia, the world’s largest and third largest democracy, respectively. Yet elsewhere, there has been little to celebrate. In the United Kingdom, Westminster – the ‘mother of parliaments’ – has been disgraced by an
By Peter Craven
Julian Burnside, Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice (Scribe, 320pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9781921215490.Julia Fox, Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford (W&N, 400pp; $55). ISBN: 0297850814.Waleed Aly, People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 304pp; $32.95).
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Malcolm Knox