Nesrine Malik, a writer and journalist, is a columnist for The Guardian. (June 2018)

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Islam’s New ‘Native Informants’

Book illustration by Louis Bombled showing the Algerian regiment’s quarters during the French campaign in Madagascar, 1895

For two campaigners who spent so much time and trouble escaping the tyranny of religious indoctrination, it is ironic that they appear blind to the ways they have been co-opted by the forces of reaction. If Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz now face accusations of being native informants, they must reckon with their own agency in taking on the part of gatekeepers of a highly partisan Western view of Islam. What they fail to acknowledge when they dismiss any criticism of their positions and associations is their conscious complicity.