Ideas Hub: The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration, By Michael Mumisa (Shaykh)

By Myriam Francois|May 9, 2016|Ideas Hub|1 comments

The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration By Michael Mumisa (Shaykh), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge       In January this year (2016), the “Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities” was launched in Morocco amid much fanfare. It was described as a response to the persecution of religious minorities by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Key among the declaration’s proposals, and as a solution,

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Ideas hub: Unknown and Untold: The significance of Britains WW1 Muslim Soldiers, by Avaes Mohammad

By Myriam Francois|April 18, 2016|Ideas Hub|1 comments

Unknown and Untold:  The significance of Britains WW1 Muslim Soldiers. By Avaes Mohammad “I think it began when Archie Duke shot an Ostrich because he was Hungry” Private Baldrick (Blackadder Goes Forth) Half way into the centenary commemorations Britain’s desire to honour the events and combatants of WW1 remain increasingly committed.  Each notable battle and treaty, act of valour and figure of heroism is visited in fresh light to ensure a

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Ideas Hub: Muslims, foreignness and the ‘integration’ debate – by Dr Sarah Hackett

By Myriam Francois|January 29, 2016|Ideas Hub|0 comments

Muslims, foreignness and the ‘integration’ debate  by Dr Sarah Hackett             Muslim minority communities have secured a firm position at the centre of political and public discourse in Britain in recent years. These ever-heated deliberations have centred upon, amongst other things, integration, multiculturalism, segregation, exclusion, identity, belonging, discrimination and extremism. Far too often, these debates have been driven by sensationalist and attention-grabbing agendas and headlines. Recently, these have included the

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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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Question Time: MEND’s Shenaz Bunglawala tackles Baroness Cox’s claim that British Muslim men have ‘up to 20 children’

By Myriam Francois|November 2, 2015|Question Time|0 comments

Shenaz Bunglawala, Head of Research at MEND, offers her thoughts on recent comments in the press by Baroness Cox that British Muslim men have ‘up to 20 children’. Above: Shenaz Bunglawala Accelerating ‘Eurabia’? It is almost par for the course that we often see some peers of the realm engage in behaviour that one might reasonably consider as bringing the House of Lords into disrepute. Whether it is the former UKIP

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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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Speaker’s corner: Omar Salha offer his view on the debate over whether the London Muslim vote is necessarily a Galloway vote

By Myriam Francois|September 30, 2015|Speaker's Corner|0 comments

In response to our “Question time” blog on “Should George Galloway get the Muslim vote for London Mayor?” between Prof Maleiha Malik (Kings College London) and Tahir Shah (MPACUK), SOAS-CIS PhD scholar Omar Salha offer his view on whether the London Muslim vote is necessarily a Galloway vote : To vote or not to vote, Galloway is the question.   In an age of geo-political disputes, meta-narratives and continued power struggles

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