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The Maturing of Canadian Muslim Narrative: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Ottawa. October 22, 2014. On Wednesday morning, news of a shooting at the war memorial and gunshots on Parliament Hill, soon after: the possibility of a multiple number of shooters, broke out. Then, silence. In the discomfort of limited information from official sources, social media filled the void with conjecture. Upon hearing speculation about the shooter’s potential links to ISIS, because of a witness’ report of having seen the perpetrator wearing a ‘scarf with an Arabic design’, many Muslims and supporters of civil liberties braced themselves both for what was happening and what was to come. Muslims worried about their…

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Shooting on Parliament and the Complexion of Islam

On October 22nd, at 9:52am ET, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed at the National War Museum just outside of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. At the time of writing this, the person identified as the killer, who himself was killed in turn, was Michael Zehef-Bibeau, a 32 year-old Canadian man. As Canadians, it would be unseemly to speculate too much on this incident without awaiting verified information. News media have released details about the suspected shooter, such as he had recently had his passport revoked as a “high-risk traveler,” and he has a history of petty crime including indictments…

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Taking Religion Seriously in Criminal Radicalization

In Calgary, and indeed, throughout the West, the question of ‘radicalization’ of Muslims is a hot topic.  The discussion of Muslim radicalization too often dismisses the religious claims of groups such as (or specifically) ISIS/ISIL/IS as ‘unislamic’ without seriously interrogating them. Indeed, many religious leaders have denounced the activities of these groups, but important questions about religious violence that their continued existence provokes are left unasked and unanswered. When it comes to talking about radicalization, it would seem that one of the common threads is that the people who leave Canada to fight in places such as Iraq or Syria…