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Islam and the Enlightenmentby Neil Davidson
The intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th century that became known as the Enlightenment helped a new class to come to power in Europe. Neil Davidson asks why the more advanced civilisations of the Islamic world did not develop a similar movement of their own.
Science: Beyond the Selfish Geneby Viren Swami
Viren Swami explains why understanding the human condition requires something more than a theory of genetics.
'Playing jazz is a form of resistance. It's about being independent and not conforming. But resistance can also mean standing up to authority'by Martin Smith
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine spoke to Martin Smith about how the battle against prejudice has been a backdrop to his musical career, and about his new album, Resistance.
Third World Reports
South Africa: Burning Anger in the Townshipsby Leo Zeilig
There has been an explosion of riots and community uprisings across South Africa for more than 18 months.
Pakistan: The Pendulum of Pakistani Politicsby Riaz Ahmed
Protests against the Danish cartoons, which were specifically designed to engender anti-Muslim hatred, have been taking place in Pakistan since the end of January.
Brazil: Left Join the Battle for 'Useful Vote'by Rui Polly
The corruption scandals that engulfed President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva and his Workers' Party (PT) government reached their height in 2005, and coincided with a crisis on the Brazilian left.
Palestine: Beyond a Religious Argumentby Anne Ashford
The victory of the Islamist organisation Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January has been greeted with varying degrees of hysteria by Western governments and media.
A Country Divided Against Itselfby Mark Steele
There's more radicalism in Nashville than you might think.
In My Opinion
Going Backwardby Lindsey German
Under neo-liberalism women are only 'liberated' as long as it means equal rights of exploitation and being commodities for the market.
State of the Art
The Overall Sale Experienceby Noel Douglas
Anyone entering the Selfridges store in London for their new year sale in January may have wondered if the store wasn't doing its best to put off potential customers.
Should We All be Tightening Our Belts?by Chris Harman
Halting climate change requires a change more fundamental than a series of lifestyle choices.
The Rising and Revisionismby Paul O'Brien
We should not let the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland be rewritten and repackaged by right wing historians.
Wrong Friendsby Andrew Stone
Review of 'The Revenge Of Gaia', James Lovelock, Allen Lane £16.99
Distant Memoriesby Ken Olende
Review of 'The Last Friend', Tahar Ben Jelloun, New Press £11.99
Flawed Templatesby Jacob Middleton
Review of 'Redesigning Distribution', editors Bruce A Ackermann et al, Verso £17.99
A Good Readerby Rachel Aldred
Review of 'Fire Alarm', Michael Löwy, Verso £16.99
Return of the Realby Stephen Phillip
Why has there been a revival of realist conventions in modern film?
Land of the 'Free'by Emma Bircham
Review of 'Manderlay', director: Lars von Trier
Money for Nothingby Christophe Chataigné
Review of 'The Child', directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
Sinking Feelingby Bob Light
Review of 'Syriana', director: Stephen Gaghan
Road to Changeby Beccy Reese
Review of 'Transamerica', director: Duncan Tucker
Taken from Death Rowby John Cresswell
John Cresswell is touched by this anti-death penalty production.
Turn on the Lightby Chris Nineham
Review of Dan Flavin, Hayward Gallery, London
Locked Outby David Moynihan
Every generation has its youth movement, whether it is the psychedelic 1960s, punk in the 1970s, New Wave in the 1980s or dance music in the 1990s. Grime is a current social phenomenon in London and elsewhere in Britain.
On a Mission to Take Back Control by Steven Mather
Chris Harman and Rory Hearne's articles (SR, February) highlight some of the contradictions in the Venezuelan process.
Humanists not Islamophobesby Lee Stacy
We were very disappointed with your article on gay liberation in the Middle East (SR, February), which opened with a quote from Gay and Lesbian Humanist magazine.
Thanks for Your New Magazineby Sorrel Weaver
I looked forward to my first copy of SR.
Thanks for your New Magazineby Roger Huddle
Well done comrades, the new magazine is excellent.
Subsidies Wrongby Gaje Singh
Raj Patel is wrong to suggest (SR, February) that cutting subsidies to farmers in the global North would not benefit the South.