Wednesday, 21 June 2017

40 Years of Ethnic & Racial Studies

40 Years of ERS Timeline and Virtual Special Issue: Classic Papers in Context "Ethnic and Racial Studies celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the launch of the journal this year. The journal has achieved much over this period and has a long established reputation as the leading international journal in racial and ethnic studies. In this Timeline we want to highlight some of the journal's key achievements and important turning points."

Cambridge Mosque Development

"Tim Winter, also known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, chairman of Cambridge Mosque Trust, told the News the final cost is likely to be higher than £15 million."

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Inter-Faith Symposium

Details of an Inter-Faith Symposium, taking place on UWTSD Lampeter Campus. Please contact organisers directly (not myself),

Monday, 19 June 2017

#FinsburyPark - updated

This is a summary of coverage. My Twitter feed contains further updated materials:

BBC News, Eyewitness Hamza Nimane describes what he saw

Telegraph, Finsbury Park mosque tragedy in pictures

Guardian, Finsbury Park terror attack: 'Every bit as sickening' as previous attacks, says Theresa May – latest updates

 BBC News, Footage shows the moment crowds restrain man suspected of driving van into pedestrians near #FinsburyPark mosque 

Metro,  Imam from Muslim welfare centre protected Finsbury Park suspect from angry crowds

Archbishop of Canterbury's statement 

Guardian, Religious leaders unite in condemnation of Finsbury Park attack

Nesrine Malik, Guardian, After Finsbury Park, Britain must tackle its preachers of anti-Muslim hate

Qari Asam, Telegraph, Britain is not Islamophobic. This is one of the best countries in the world to be a Muslim [paywall]

The Times' headline is proving controversial, and has been compared with the London Bridge attack. The headline (and sub-header) on the right presents numerous cliches and stereotypes:

Metro, Son of Finsbury Park van hire company owner says: ‘It’s a shame we don’t hire out tanks’

Mirror, Daughter held dad as he died in her arms moments after Finsbury Park terror van 'ran over his legs'

Independent, Facebook posts 'glorifying' Finsbury Park terror attack reported to Government counter-extremism service 

Independent, Finsbury Park mosque attack: EDL founder Tommy Robinson's appearance on Good Morning Britain sparks outrage "Piers Morgan branded Mr Robinson a "bigoted lunatic" and told him to "show some damn respect for people’s religious beliefs" as Mr Robinson held up the Islamic holy book." Also see Daily Mail, Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson slammed on Twitter after he accuses Finsbury Park Mosque of 'creating terrorists' just one hour after people were mown down outside a place of worship

New York Times,   An Attack on Muslims Shakes Cosmopolitan London

Chris Allen, Huffington Post, Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism 

Friday, 9 June 2017

General Election 2017

Imams Online, General Election 2017 – The role played by Imams & Muslim Organisations 

"Some of the work done by Imams and Muslim organisations in
encouraging young Muslims to vote during this election added to the rise
of young people across the country from different communities coming
out to vote. It is important for leaders in our communities to encourage
their congregations to take part in the electoral process, as we have
seen this year."


ITV, Manchester bomber's younger brother says he was radicalised online in Britain
"Ahmed Bin Salem, a spokesman for Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force,
told Reuters: "Hashem said that he and Salman got the ideology of Daesh
(Islamic State) in Manchester in 2015 from the internet and some friends
in the UK.

"He added that they used to watch videos and had sympathy for children in Syria and wanted to do something for Daesh to help."

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tariq Ramadan, 'We will not tackle extremism by stigmatising Muslim citizens'

Tariq Ramadan, CIF, Guardian, We will not tackle extremism by stigmatising Muslim citizens
opinion piece  "Theresa May responded to the criminal attacks at London Bridge by saying: “Enough is enough.” Yes, enough is enough with the policies of stigmatisation and selective condemnation. It is time for something new, for less hypocrisy and more humanity and courage."

The myth of a single ‘Muslim community’

Sara Khan, Standard, The myth of a single ‘Muslim community’ fuels Islamic extremism "It is clear we have learned little about the diversity of Muslims. We have not only been prepared to legitimise Islamist preachers and groups, we continue to hold the misguided belief that we are serving the interests of the so-called “Muslim community”. We unhelpfully lump Muslims under the banner of a singular “community”."

London attack 3 June 2017 - updated 6 June 2017

This is a brief round-up of coverage associated with the attack in London on 3 June. Note that I posted in real-time on my Twitter feed @garybunt, and some of that content is also below. Selected articles are here:

BBC News, London attack rolling coverage

Metro, Police arrest more ‘a number of people’ in East London in early morning raids "Scotland Yard said seven women and five men aged between 19 and 60 were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Barking on Sunday. A 55-year-old man was later released without charge." Useful time-line of events.

Sky News, Photo shows the moment armed police ended London Bridge terror attack

MCB, Statement on London attacks

Evening Standard, Mosques and Muslim leaders 'united in disgust' after London Bridge terror attack (especially for the photos)

AP,  Attack brings out the best in London’s Borough neighborhood
Standard, London Bridge attacker, known as 'Abs', was extremist who had been reported to authorities and featured in documentary "MI5 and police faced growing pressure today over whether the London Bridge murders could have been prevented after it emerged that at least one of the attackers was a known extremist who had been reported to the authorities."

Aisha Gani, Buzzfeed,  More Than 130 Imams Are Refusing To Perform Funeral Prayers For The London And Manchester Attackers "The faith leaders — including Dr Timothy Winter of University of Cambridge; Sheikha Selina Begum Ali, the director of the Beacon Institute; and Imam Qari Asim of Leeds mosque — said they will refuse to perform Salat al-Janazah due to "ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam.""
Sky News, Third London attacker named as Youssef Zaghba "He was reportedly stopped at Bologna airport in March last year while trying to take a flight to Istanbul, before potentially travelling on to Syria."

Friday, 12 May 2017

'Combustion' play

Tara Arts, Combustion

 "Asif Khan’s debut play is a fabulously comic take on the combustion surrounding young British Muslim lives."  I'd like to see this. Great poster, too.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Telegraph, Meet Jawahir Jewels – the most remarkable referee in England " ... Weekend amateurs rarely find their games presided over by a tiny, black, Muslim young woman in a head scarf. In fact she is the only such Football Association-qualified official they are likely to encounter."

Friday, 5 May 2017

Photo collection

Guardian, Music, politics and cricket: the rise of black British identity – in pictures
"Using archive news photography, Eddie Chambers’s new book examines how African-Caribbean immigrants to the UK fought racism to carve out a new kind of selfhood"

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ongoing case

BBC News, Teen admits planning 'London bomb attack' "In legal papers prepared for his defence, Syed was described as "highly vulnerable due to family history, lack of education, addiction to violent online games and the arrest and imprisonment of his brother"."

Monday, 24 April 2017

Ukip to campaign to ban burqa and sharia courts, says Paul Nuttall

Guardian, Ukip to campaign to ban burqa and sharia courts, says Paul Nuttall, 23 Apr 2017 "Ukip will push to ban the burqa and sharia courts, Paul Nuttall has said, although he denied the Eurosceptic party was reinventing itself as an anti-Islam party."

Ahmadi Muslims 'facing discrimination' in Cardiff

BBC News, Ahmadi Muslims 'facing discrimination' in Cardiff, 21 Apr 2017 "Worshippers at the Ahmadiyya mosque in Canton said other Muslims had shunned them, with one claiming he was sacked from a restaurant and another that he was accosted for selling Islamic books."

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Discussion on "halala" marriages

Athar Ahmad, BBC News, The women who sleep with a stranger to save their marriage, 5 Apr 2017 "A number of online services are charging "divorced" Muslim women thousands of pounds to take part in "halala" Islamic marriages, a BBC investigation has found. Women pay to marry, have sex with and then divorce a stranger, so they can get back with their first husbands."

Monday, 3 April 2017

London's chicken shops - the resilient beating heart of an ever-changing city, London's chicken shops - the resilient beating heart of an ever-changing city

Jailed terrorists to be held in 'Jihadi unit' to stop inmates being radicalised

Mirror, Jailed terrorists to be held in 'Jihadi unit' to stop inmates being radicalised "High-security HMP Frankland in Durham will be our first prison to isolate Islamist terrorists from other criminals."

'Moslems in Britain - Places' - 1964 film

BFI, Watch Moslems in Britain - Places online From 1964: "Visit the places important to London's Muslim community - both those born in the city and those newly arrived - in this informative short documentary, sponsored by the Foreign Office and the Central Office of Information. The film offers the Arabic-speaking viewer information and reassurance about where they can find community and resources. Among the locations visited are the Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent's Park, the Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking, and the British Museum's oriental room, for a glimpse at its collection of rare copies of the Qur'an."

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Reading List:

New Statesmen, The battle for the soul of British Islam reviews:

  • Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash 
  • The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism by Sara Khan with Tony McMahon 
  • The Enemy Within: a Tale of Muslim Britain by Sayeeda Warsi

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

London attack: Women hold hands to honour bridge victims

BBC News, London attack: Women hold hands to honour bridge victims

Sayeeda Warsi on Start the Week

BBC Radio 4, Start the Week
"On Start the Week Amol Rajan talks to Sayeeda Warsi about how far Britain's Muslim community is viewed as 'the enemy within'. As the child of Pakistani immigrants who became Britain's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, Baroness Warsi is in a unique position to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, and 'British values', and to explore how society can become more integrated."

Monday, 20 March 2017

University can feel like a hostile place to Muslim students, University can feel like a hostile place to Muslim students "For those Muslims students who do access higher education, the odds can be stacked against them. Students from most ethnic minority backgrounds don’t do as well as their white peers – even when they enter higher education with the same or better qualifications. And although data on religion is not routinely collected by universities it is likely that many Muslims students are underperforming."

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

EHRC on religious symbols 'ban'

EHRC, Religious symbols ruling does not mean staff can be targeted for dismissal, 15 Mar 2017 "Following a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union, which found that employers could ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols but must have a relevant policy in place before doing so, Equality and Human Rights Commission Chief Executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said..."

Friday, 24 February 2017

London's Oldest Mosque(?)

Londonist, A Tour Guide Has Discovered London's Oldest Mosque "Standing in Southfields since 1926, the Fazl Mosque is London's first purpose-built mosque. But now, a man who runs Muslim history tours has discovered a Camden mosque dating back to 1895."

Thursday, 23 February 2017


Trailer for new Channel 4 series, starting on 2 March 2017.

Family says Gitmo changed 'IS suicide bomber'

Sky News, Family says Gitmo changed 'IS suicide bomber' "Jamal al Harith is said to have suffered recurrent nightmares and used to cry out "don't hurt me" after his Guantanamo release."

Thursday, 16 February 2017

‘Faith’ artist condemns ‘Islamophobia’ over cathedral exhibition

Gloucester Review ‘Faith’ artist condemns ‘Islamophobia’ over cathedral exhibition "An artist whose ’Faith’ exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral sparked anti-Muslim attacks has hit back at his critics - calling them ’racists hiding behind religious outrage’."

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Children as young as four to be taught about extremism as part of plans to toughen up Prevent strategy, leaked proposals reveal

Telegraph, Children as young as four to be taught about extremism as part of plans to toughen up Prevent strategy, leaked proposals reveal "According to TES, Sara Khan, co-founder of the counter-extremism organisation Inspire, told a conference last week that there was growing concern that young children were falling victim to extremism, with teachers coming forward with cases of pupils aged as young as five."

The boy who watched IS beheading videos

BBC News, The boy who watched IS beheading videos, 14 Feb 2017 "What leads a young child to stand up in front of his class and tell his school friends that he agrees with the aims and objectives of the so-called Islamic State?"

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Everyday Muslim Symposium

Muslim’s third annual symposium will aim to explore constructions of
Black Muslim identity and heritage in the UK and how the stories of
Black British Muslims intersect within the wider British Muslim society
and beyond. It will bring together those working in academic, heritage,
arts and media organisations to interrogate the changing ways in which
everyday Black Muslim life has been represented and archived. It seeks
to ask how the process of constructing a Black Muslim heritage has
changed over the years and looks forward to possible forms that this
might take in the future."

Monday, 30 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Jewish synagogue seeking to house Muslim refugees on its premises

Independent, The Jewish synagogue seeking to house Muslim refugees on its premises "Right-wing commentators appear critical, but the chair of South London Liberal Synagogue says the plan to house a Syrian refugee family has met with enthusiasm from the congregation - and 'It is very important to recognise our common humanity'."

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Muslim schools knock grammars off top spot as league table of country’s best schools is published

The Sun, Muslim schools knock grammars off top spot as league table of country’s best schools is published, 19 Jan 2017 "The Muslim girls’ and boys’ schools in Blackburn, Lancashire, run by the Tauheedul Education Trust, beat off competition from London grammars to top the annual school performance tables coming first and third."

Press representation issues

Catrin Nye, BBC News, The man correcting stories about Muslims "When one newspaper reported last year that "enclaves of Islam see UK as 75% Muslim" last year, Miqdaad Versi's instinct was to challenge it. He believes errors in the reporting of Muslims have become all too common, and has made it his mission to fight for corrections."

'Between the Faculties'

Monday, 16 January 2017

Bishop 'distressed' by row following Qur'an reading at cathedral

Guardian, Bishop 'distressed' by row following Qur'an reading at cathedral, 15 Jan 2017 "The leader of the Scottish Anglican church has said he was deeply distressed at the widespread offence caused by a reading from the Qur’an at a service to mark the feast of the Epiphany at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow."

Tuesday, 10 January 2017