Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"Challenging Extremists" report

An update on my post earlier this week about Student Rights/Henry Jackson Society's' "Challenging Extremists" report. The link to the report is below. I haven't read the report yet: Rupert Sutton & Hannah Stuart, Student Rights - Challenging Extremists: Practical frameworks for our universities (pdf)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Muslim extremists using Facebook, Twitter to radicalise UK students: Report

Times of India, Muslim extremists using Facebook, Twitter to radicalise UK students: Report, 28 May 2012 " Islamic extremists are using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to radicalise British students and spread propaganda, according to a report.

 "Campaign groups The Henry Jackson Society and Student Rights, in their report 'Challenging Extremists' have uncovered the online use of propaganda."

I haven't found this report online yet.  I will update when it becomes available. There is a related report here:, Online Radicalisation: A Case Study [pdf]

Update: the report is now linked here [pdf]

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Research: 'Veil Ban Increases Anti-Muslim Hostility'

OnIslam, Veil Ban Increases Anti-Muslim Hostility, 22 May 2012 "A new British study has warned of rising hostility against Muslim women in the United Kingdom, referring to a direct link between the banning of the veil in France and increased levels of anti-Muslim discrimination." More information from the University of Leicester here, but I haven't located the report yet.

Shafilea Ahmed case

Daily Mail, Westernised girl defied parents with white stiletto-heeled boots and red hair dye... then they choked her to death with carrier bag, court told Refers to the ongoing case surrounding the murder of Shafilea Ahmed.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Islam in Britain: visual representation

Here's a representation made on Wordle of the Islam in Britain blog: 

Bradford politics

Guardian, The Northerner Blog, Bradford Muslims must practice serious, mainstream politics to win effective change, 16 May 2012 "The city's former Lord Mayor Mohammed Ajeeb condemns both Labour's lacklustre politics and Respect's firebranding; and reveals how he warned his party's national executive in 1999 about the dangers of 'clan' politics ..."

Leicester Gets First Muslim Mayor

onislam, Leicester Gets First Muslim Mayor, 18 May 2012 "An Indian-origin Muslim councilor Abdul Razak Osman has been sworn in as the first ever Muslim mayor in the multi-cultural town of Leicester, the post seen as a challenge as Britain prepares for the Olympic Games."

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

New and noted - Muslims in Britain: Making Social and Political Space

Muslims in Britain: Making Social and Political Space. Edited by Waqar Ahmad, Ziauddin Sardar (Routledge) "The management of social, religious and ethnic diversity is a key social policy concern in Britain, and Muslims in particular have become a focus of attention in recent years. This timely and topical volume examines the position of Muslims in Britain and how they are changing and making social, political and religious space." I am looking forward to reading this in due course (haven't seen it yet).

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cardiff Muslims

Wales Online, Butetown faith march boosts image of Islam, 14 May 2012 "Between 40 and 50 took part in the event, a revival of a tradition instigated in Cardiff by the late Sheikh Said Hassan Ismail, who served the Muslim community of Butetown for over 60 years." Includes photos.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Book review

Book review (the book features a chapter by myself):
"Postcolonial Media Culture in Britain is a refreshing and interesting text that introduces readers to postcolonial theory using the context of British media culture in ethnic minority communities to explain key ideas and debates. "

Friday, 11 May 2012

'Asian grooming' op-ed
"When it comes to sex, Alyas Karmani is a plain-speaking man. For a Muslim imam he is breathtakingly so. "Oral sex and anal sex are taboo in the British Pakistani community," he announces matter-of-fact way over gosht palak in his favourite curry-house just up the hill from Bradford University. "

Agent in underwear bomb plot 'was British'
"Claims that British passport holder played central role in mission that led to death of top al-Qaida operative in Yemen."