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Why must Maryam Namazie take on the left in her critiques of Islamic extremism?

It's become increasingly difficult for leftists and feminists to critique certain ideas and groups, even when those groups put forth misogynist ideas, such as far-right Islamic groups. At the same time, we're dealing with figures like Donald Trump and his followers, who are promoting ignorant, dangerous, and racist arguments against Muslims as a whole, homogenizing Muslim people in a misinformed and damaging way.

Maryam Namazie is an atheist, a leftist, a feminist, a critic of Islamic extremism, and co-founder of the British Council of Ex-Muslims, yet she is routinely attacked and no-platformed — not only by Islamic groups, but by feminists and leftists, who call her Islamophobic.

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Namazie about her critiques, as well as the Paris attacks, the New Years Eve assaults in Cologne, Charlie Hebdo, and the trend of no-platforming controversial figures.

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