Speaker’s corner: Women are the first to pay the price of Islamophobia in Europe, by Sarah Isal – European Network Against Racism’s (ENAR)

By Myriam Francois|June 6, 2016|Speaker's Corner|0 comments

Women are the first to pay the price of Islamophobia in Europe By Sarah Isal   Muslim women experience the same inequalities as other women in employment and in relation to verbal and physical violence, but additional factors such as (perceived) religion or ethnicity deepen these gender gaps. However, very little is done to collect comprehensive data and tackle this intersectional form of racism. This is the conclusion of the European

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Speaker’s Corner: Donald Trump and the attack of the Muslims – Rafik Ayaz

By Myriam Francois|January 5, 2016|Speaker's Corner|0 comments

Rafik Ayaz writes for Media Diversified – full time Dysxlexic and part time Muslim commentator and founder of #VeggieMuslimForum He tweets @1Rafz Who remembers when Dr Ben Carson was the kinder face of Islamophobia in the Republican race for 2016? Good times. Instead like an annoying spray tan mark on your pristine white towel or the accumulation of hair in your plug-hole; Donald Trump is not going away and is on

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Ripostes: When it comes to ISIL/Daesh, ideology is important, but context is critical – Maria W. Norris

By Myriam Francois|December 8, 2015|Ripostes|0 comments

Maria W. Norris is a PhD candidate and a teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her PhD is on the UK counter-terrorism strategy since 9/11 and its relationship with identity. She tweets as @MariaWNorris. Mostaque’s post highlighting the importance of Isil’s ideology is timely and important. As a nihilistic death cult intent on taking the Middle East back to an Islamic ‘year zero’, there is no

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Ideas Hubs: The Sun and the dangers of made-up statistics – Dr Khadijah Elshayyal

By Myriam Francois|December 7, 2015|Ideas Hub|0 comments

Above: Dr Khadijah Elshayyal Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Muslims in Britain) The Alwaleed Centre University of Edinburgh Exclusive: shock poll – ‘1 in 5 Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis’ –  screamed the recent front page of The Sun newspaper. It seemed that the tabloid notorious for giving us inflammatory ‘Muslim stories’ in the past[1] had hit a new low. Over the past week, criticism for the headline, the poll, and indeed

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Idea’s Hub: Challenging Islamophobia: The video that went viral with a Message of Hate

By Myriam Francois|October 21, 2015|Ideas Hub|0 comments

  Dr Imran Awan and Dr Irene Zempi (above) Now that hate crime awareness week has gone, it’s time for deep reflection and also action in how best we tackle intolerance, bigotry, prejudice and discrimination. Crucially, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron announced that the Government will now make it a legal requirement for all UK police forces to record Islamophobia as a separate category of crime.  This means that

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RIPOSTE: Dr Chris Allen comments on recent MET statistics indicating a 70% rise in islamophobic attacks in London

By Myriam Francois|October 1, 2015|Ripostes|0 comments

Dr Chris Allen comments on the recent MET statistics which indicate a 70% rise in islamophobic attacks in London and responds to our recent blog by Tell Mama’s Fiyaz Mughal. In the past couple of weeks, much has been made of the Metropolitan Police data showing that the number of Islamophobic hate crimes recorded increased by 70% in the past year. Amounting to 816 Islamophobic hate crimes in total, this was the second

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Ideas Hub: Dr Yulia Egorova on Muslim-Jewish relations and what her latest findings have uncovered

By Myriam Francois|August 12, 2015|Ideas Hub|4 comments

Dr Yulia Egorova, Reader in Anthropology, Durham University The relationship between the Jewish and Muslim communities of Europe is often constructed by public discourse as polarized due to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Indeed, in the summer of 2014, the mass media presented numerous reports suggesting that the relations between Europe’s Jews and Muslims were deteriorating following the military action between Israel and Gaza. At the same time, it has been argued

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RIPOSTES: Nohoudh PhD scholar Farrah Sheikh weighs in on “What’s going wrong in the public discourse on British Muslims?” Featuring Prof. Mona Siddiqui and Omar Khan

By Myriam Francois|July 29, 2015|Ripostes|0 comments

Speaker’s corner is a comment section of the MuslimWise blog which aims to provide young scholars with the space to reflect and discuss issues raised either in the media, or in the “Question Time” section of the blog. Nohoudh PhD scholar Farrah Sheikh weighs in: I welcome the opportunity to chime in with my thoughts on this important discussion. Omar Khan has already highlighted the challenges (and frustrations) for researchers

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