Thursday, 20 December 2012
"While 31-year-old Mohamed Shahid Nazir has built a reputation in an East London market for his ultra-cheap fish, it is his catchy sales jingle that has brought him a moment of global fame.
"Fans cannot stop carping on about his "One-Pound Fish" tune, recorded on a mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube. With more than five million views, some might say you do not have to be a brain "sturgeon" to see he has a hit on his hands."
I saw him 'in action' a few months ago at Queen's Market, Green Street, Newham. Should have recorded him myself! The journalists are enjoying this ...
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
"It appears that the English Translation of The Quran is a book too controversial for them to allow to be advertised on their premises.
However, we know that "...And God is the best of planners." [Quran 8:30]
"By removing the billboards this has actually created a massive movement on social media in support of the billboard campaign and bought more attention on The Quran itself, which can only be a good thing God willing!"
"This is a call for papers for two conferences that are being organised as part of an ESRC funded follow-on project exploring Collaborative Partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions. This project builds on previous research around Muslim faith leadership, Islamic Studies in pluralist British contexts, women’s education and learning Arabic. Our research findings indicate that it is possible to address these issues at higher education level, focusing particularly on ways to forge a more cohesive society for Muslims and other Britons. This work will bring together Islamic Studies academics, scholars and practitioners (including professionals who may have aspects of Islamic studies in their work) to facilitate increased collaborative partnerships and linkages between UK universities and Muslim institutions, and is aimed both at academia and Muslim communities. We hope to publish a selection of these papers."
Full details: http://www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project
Friday, 14 December 2012
"The results of the 2011 census were published this Tuesday (11/12/2012), and immediately the media -old and new – were occupied with statistics about “religion” in England and Wales in 2011 as compared to 2001. We couldn’t avoid the opportunity to comment, and to apply the sort of analysis RS scholars are singularly qualified to apply. What did the census actually say, and how did the press report it? Why does it matter, and how can we use the data more constructively?"
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Friday, 7 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Friday, 30 November 2012
Well-worth reading. I know that this description will be familiar to many (in different locations)
[tip: Yahya Birt]
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
"One Fat Lady in race row over Muslim ghetto' jibe: The Islamic area of Leicester frightened me, says TV chef "
Malala Yousafzai, Fatwa To Be Issued On Pakistani Schoolgirl Shot By Taliban, Claims Cleric Anjem Choudary
Monday, 12 November 2012
Monday, 5 November 2012
"Opposition was based on concern about the definition of brain death in Islam and the issue of consent, he said.
He called for a debate about the bill between medical and Islamic clerical experts."
Friday, 2 November 2012
Well-worth listening to.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
BBC News, Terror trial: 'Public duped into funding bomb plotters', 23 Oct 2012
AP/ABC, Prosecutor: UK Bomb Plotters Discussed Attacks, 23 Oct 2012"The prosecutor said Tuesday that suspect Irfan Khalid was heard describing the device, featured in the al-Qaida magazine Inspire, saying the idea was to "just drive it into people in (a) crowded area.""
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
I've not seen this one, having missed the first series too. Not sure I am encouraged by this review to get the box set...
Friday, 12 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012
"Its first element is perhaps the least surprising: an enhanced security and prison intelligence ‘toolkit’, involving much closer liaison between the jails, police and MI5.
"The other two elements break entirely new ground, however. One is an effort to enlist Muslim prison chaplains (imams) in a carefully structured theological struggle against extremism. In their meetings on the wings with prisoners, through courses of religious study and in their sermons at Friday prayers, the imams are trying to counter the jihadist interpretation of Islam."
Doctor's Diary: Abu Hamza's hook is simple and surprisingly practical - Telegraph"Abu Hamza's poor public image is not helped by his piratical hook, but for all its appearances, it is surprisingly practical."
Monday, 17 September 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Friday, 24 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
"Police found a cache of terror-related material after being called to a domestic dispute at the couple’s home in Oldham, last July.
"Beheading videos, propaganda glorifying Osama bin Laden and bomb-making guides were seized along with peroxide and bleach, used by Shasta Khan in her hairdressing work, which together with electrical equipment were being readied to make a bomb."
This is South Wales, Carwyn's Ramadan message
Belfast Telegraph, PM Ramadan messsage remembers Syria
Radio Ramadan Slough
BBC News, Will Muslim athletes fast during Ramadan and the Olympics?, 17 Jul 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
"The conference was organised by the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)."
Conference papers, video and associated materials are available through the above link.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
update on ongoing trial
Friday, 6 July 2012
Sariya Contractor, Muslim Women in Britain: De-Mystifying the Muslimah (Hardback) - Routledge
New book: "Perceptions of Muslim women in Western society have been shaped by historical and sociological conditions such as colonialism, patriarchy and Orientalism. In Muslim Women in Britain, Sariya Contractor seeks to reinstate the Muslimah as a storyteller who tells her own story."
The book is expensive (£80) - hopefully a cheaper edition will emerge in due course, as it looks very interesting.
Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it | Leon Moosavi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk "In Britain today there is a mismatch between how non-Muslims often perceive Muslims and how Muslims typically perceive themselves. This disconnect is down to a tendency by non-Muslims to assume that Muslims struggle with their British identity and divided loyalties. These concerns were challenged a few days ago,in a report by the University of Essex that found Muslims actually identify with Britishness more than any other Britons."
Also see iSER, Ethnic minorities living in the UK feel more British than white Britons The Understanding Society: Findings 2012 report is here: Understanding Society: Findings 2012 [haven't read it yet!]
Also see Telegraph, White Muslim one of six arrested over ‘terror plot'
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Monday, 2 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
"Vulnerabilities in the internet are being exploited aggressively, not just by criminals but also by states," Evans [Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5] said. "And the extent of what is going on is astonishing, with industrial scale processes involving many thousands of people lying behind both state sponsored cyber espionage and organised cyber crime." Terrorist groups had not posed a significant threat in this area, he said."
Monday, 25 June 2012
Update: Also see Faith & Theology, Rowan Williams in the Observer: Muslim loyalty and the nation state
Friday, 22 June 2012
More information here: Operagroup, Babur in London
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
"However, there were calls last week for the inquiry, ordered by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, to be widened after Mr Hussain admitted that he had been involved in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamist party that the Conservatives had pledged to ban."
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
"Campaign groups The Henry Jackson Society and Student Rights, in their report 'Challenging Extremists' have uncovered the online use of propaganda."
I haven't found this report online yet. I will update when it becomes available. There is a related report here: www.studentrights.org.uk, Online Radicalisation: A Case Study [pdf]
Update: the report is now linked here [pdf]
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Monday, 30 April 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Channel 4, Queen Victoria's Last Love "The story of Queen Victoria's relationship with her Indian servant Abdul Karim, which violated Victorian taboos and stoked royal jealousy, threatening her diamond jubilee celebrations."
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
Haven't read either of the books reviewed (yet). They are:
EUROPE’S ANGRY MUSLIMS: THE REVOLT OF THE SECOND GENERATION
Friday, 20 April 2012
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
I attended the Hajj exhibit (discussed above) at the British Museum last week. Fortunately, I pre-booked a ticket, as it was sold-out. It was quite expensive to get in, especially if you bought into the commentary and the catalogue. The hajj exhibit 'souvenirs' were over-priced.
Inevitably, despite ticket number control, the exhibit was very crowded - also we were rushed through, as the museum was closing, so I didn't get to hear the audio section of personal experiences relating to hajj.
There were some interesting sections, but I'd have liked more analysis and depth (especially in the audio commentary). There were no real references to digital technology and the hajj, either (maybe that's just my thing!) ... It was nice, however, to see the number of families attending the museum.
Maybe the British Museum could put an exhibit on other forms of religious journeys relating to Islam and Muslims?
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
More information on the Respect party [other political parties are available]
Also see thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, George Galloway attacked over soldier comments at Bradford West debate
Monday, 26 March 2012
Daily Mail, 'Pull her by the ear, beat her by hand or stick': How the Islamic guide to a happy marriage advises husbands to treat their wives, 26 Mar 2012 "An Islamic 'marriage guide' book has sparked outrage - by advising men on the best ways to beat their wives.
"A Gift For Muslim Couple tells husbands that they should beat their wives with 'hand or stick or pull her by the ears'.
"But the book has faced a backlash from moderate Muslims who claim that it encourages domestic violence."
There's some reaction to this in the Washington Times, Marriage manual, "A Gift for a Muslim Couple" causes outrage in Canada, 26 Mar 2012
The book was written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvni (1863 – 1943) some years ago, but remains for sale. It seems that the 'controversy' started in Canada (background in al-Arabiya).
Friday, 23 March 2012
Details: Panorama, My daughter was killed for 'honour'
Also see Telegraph & Argus, ‘Honour’ beatings are ‘inexcusable’
"Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, President of the Council For Mosques, spoke out after findings from a new poll of young British Asians were released."
I haven't seen the full programme yet; there is a summary on the Panorama website.
"The book, which has as its working title The British Mosque: An Architectural and Social History, will examine the social, cultural, and architectural significance of mosques across the country."
Also see more on this interesting English Heritage project: ‘The British Mosque: a social and architectural history‘ by Shahed Saleem
Ken Livingstone's "sermon" is here:
Friday, 16 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Details: Bush Theatre, Snookered
Looks like an interesting production.
Friday, 2 March 2012
"There is an interesting, thought-provoking television programme to be made about Bradford and the challenges it faces. This wasn’t it."
I started watching this on 4oD, but I am not really a fan of 'reality shows' such as this. I think it has potential to address some important issues, so will watch it again sometime.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
If you are interested in this event, please respond to address below, not myself:
Muslims and Political Participation in Britain
20th and 21st April 2012
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh
Registration is now open for this conference which focuses on the
involvement of Muslims in all aspects of political life in Britain. Places
are limited so register now to avoid disappointment. Deadline for
registration is 19th March 2012. The two day delegate rate is just £60 which
includes lunch and refreshments on both days. Accommodation options are also
available next to the conference venue.
On the evening of Friday 20th April there will also be a free public event
at the Scottish Parliament entitled 'Muslims and the political process in
Scotland'. The panel includes Muslim representatives from the four largest
political parties in Scotland:
Majid Hussain (Conservative Party)
Hanzala Malik MSP (Labour Party)
Shabnum Mustapha (Liberal Democrats)
Humza Yousaf MSP (Scottish National Party)
Further information about the conference and the public event may be found
at http://www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk/ (click on the 'Conference: April 2012'
Monday, 27 February 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Guardian, Somali community in Britain begins to find its voice
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Commons Select Committee, MPs urge internet providers to tackle on-line extremism "The Committee concludes that the internet is one of the most significant vehicles for promoting violent radicalism - more so than prisons, universities or places of worship, although direct, personal contact with radicals is in many cases also a significant factor. Witnesses told the Committee that the internet played a part in most, if not all, cases of violent radicalisation."
smh.com.au, UK lawmakers: Most radicalism linked to Internet, 6 Feb 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
There are several references to internet materials in this case.