Speaker’s Corner: Holocaust Memorial Day – Revisiting the Missing Pages, by Remona Aly

By Myriam Francois|January 27, 2016|Speaker's Corner|1 comments

Holocaust Memorial Day – Revisiting the Missing Pages, By Remona Aly “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another,” so said Jonathan Swift, the Anglo-Irish satirist. And he was on point. Amid global and local tensions that threaten to drive us apart, I’m wary of the disillusionment – and confusion – surrounding religion and politics. Geopolitics has cast a grim

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Speaker’s Corner: Testing Times – Fear and Fasting in Secondary Schools

By Myriam Francois|January 11, 2016|Speaker's Corner|2 comments

One anonymous British school teacher provides some insight on the responses among his student to proposed changes to Exams timetabled to accommodate Ramadan, in order to assist fasting pupils Testing Times: Fear and Fasting in Secondary Schools. by Sami Piperdi (pseudonym)   As a Secondary school teacher who works in an establishment with approximately 50% Muslim students, I was particularly interested in the news story that appeared on the BBC website

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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: Nohoudh scholar Fatima Begum Rajina responds to Trevor Phillips (OBE)’s opening statement at the SOAS-Nohoudh Muslim Integration Conference- engaging with the discourse 2015

By Myriam Francois|December 14, 2015|Ripostes|0 comments

Nohoudh scholar Fatima Begum Rajina responds to Trevor Phillips (OBE)’s opening statement at the SOAS-Nohoudh Muslim Integration Conference- engaging with the discourse 2015. Trevor Phillips was the keynote speaker for the SOAS-Nohoudh Muslim Integration conference on the first day – the full speech can be found here. Interestingly, within the first paragraph of Trevor Phillips’ speech he shares the following: ‘I don’t do this sort of thing very much these

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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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Ideas Hub: Emad Mostaque on “Daesh and the “Islamicisation” of Supremacism”

By Myriam Francois|December 1, 2015|Ideas Hub|2 comments

Emad Mostaque is the CEO of Ananas, an organisation working on using technology to eliminate extremism and build stronger communities. He is also an investment strategist focusing on geopolitics at Ecstrat. He tweets @EMostaque After the spate of recent terror attacks by Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the so-called “Islamic State”, the question of why they carry out these heinous acts and how we can stop them has resurfaced. While there are

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Speaker’s Corner: Nohoudh scholar Farrah Sheikh on “The futility of politicising Remembrance Day”

By Myriam Francois|November 14, 2015|Speaker's Corner|1 comments

The futility of politicising Remembrance Day   Above: Farrah Sheikh On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Western Front finally fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. This week marks Armistice Day followed by Remembrance Sunday marking an important point in British history. A time to pause, to remember, and to reflect upon the horrors of war, and the sacrifices of

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Trevor Phillips OBE – Keynote address at the “Muslim Integration Conference – engaging with the discourse”

By Myriam Francois|November 9, 2015|Uncategorized|1 comments

Muslim Integration Conference – engaging with the discourse Trevor Phillips OBE – 05 11 2015 As delivered: Thank you… I’d like to start by congratulating the new Director of SOAS on her appointment. Such a distinguished institution needs a great leader, and there are few who have Valerie Amos’ mix of wisdom, experience and steel, all of which are sorely needed in Higher Education today. I’m grateful for your invitation.

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Question Time: Ben Stanford – Prevent on Campus: Stopping Extremism or Stifling Debate?

By Myriam Francois|November 9, 2015|Question Time|1 comments

Prevent on Campus: Stopping Extremism or Stifling Debate? Ben Stanford, Legal Fellow, Rights Watch (UK) At a recent event on the Prevent Strategy in universities, the former Business Secretary Vince Cable suggested that efforts to combat campus extremism may worsen the problem. Opposition to terrorism-related interventions in universities is not new: During the 2010-2015 Coalition Government, the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg personally vetoed the plan to block extremist

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