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Issue 426 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

October 2009

October 2009

Thirty years after the Iranian Revolution, political Islam is at a crossroads. But is the Islamic Republic really Islamic? Writer and broadcaster Ziauddin Sardar explains why he thinks it most definitely is not.

Who is funding Islamic extremism? Nafeez Ahmed gives the lowdown on support for ‘our terrorists’ – and it goes beyond the usual suspects.


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Greening the law

The streets have traditionally been the home of environmental activism. But could campaigners be just as at home in the...

More information on Islam

Books and websites for further reading on *Islam*.
Big Bad World 426

Big Bad World 426

Money talks in *Polyp*’s cartoon.

Our terrorists

*Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed* on the spooky complicity between Western intelligence agencies and Islamist extremism.

Permission denied

*Maria Golia* recalls why part of her Egyptian education involved learning how to break the rules.


Facts, figures and a brief history of life in Guinea.

Al-'ilm Nur (Knowledge is Light)

*Syed Tajammul Hussain*’s artful approach to Qur’anic verses.
Toxic planet

Toxic planet

Our profligate use of deadly chemicals is coming back to haunt us, writes *Zoe Cormier*.
A century of voluntary hunger

A century of voluntary hunger

*Anthony Dias* ponders the purpose of the hunger strike.

Motlhalefi Mahlabe

*Motlhalefi Mahlabe* photographs slums in a South African township.
Our terrorists

Our terrorists

Islamic fundamentalist militants are the enemies of Israel and Western governments, right? Think again. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed...

Thursday Night Widows

Nominally a thriller, Thursday Night Widows is less concerned with the 'whodunnit' aspects of plotting than with a psychological...

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