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

shortlist.com, 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

theconversation.com, 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

#ExtremelyBritishMuslims


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


"Everyday
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