Whilst it’s from last November, I thought that some might still be interested in listening to my launch speech from the Houses of Parliament when we launched the report with Tell MAMA into the experience of visible Muslim women victims of anti-Muslim hate.
If you’re looking for the report, you can view it by clicking here.
I had the pleasure today of presenting some of my research findings to students from the University of Birmingham’s Theology department as part of the ‘Believing in the City’ programme. Talking about Islamophobia, it was great to see them interested and engaged about the way in which Islamophobia manifests itself differently in the city of Birmingham from those areas surrounding the city, the Black Country in particular.
As part of this, I agreed to post some links to research undertaken that the students themselves might be interested in. Here they are – I hope you find them interesting:
I have today had a new article published on the fantastic Public Spirit website.
Titled “Giving a voice to the invisible Muslim women victims of Islamophobia”, the article focuses on the research undertaken into the experience of visible Muslim women victims of Islamophobia last year and is part of Public Spirit’s ‘Muslims Women in Britain’ series.
To read the full article, click here.
To obtain a pdf version of the article, click here.
The first paragraph is reproduced below:
“For more than a decade, my research into Islamophobia has shown the existence of a very real gender dimension. From the backlash against Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11 across EU countries to the dramatic rise in street-level attacks against Britain’s Muslims following the murder of Lee Rigby last year, Muslim women have been the disproportionate targets for abuse, bigotry and hate. Many have been repeatedly – and for some, routinely – spat upon, abused, threatened with violence and violently assaulted. The likelihood of this happening dramatically increases if you happen to be a woman who ‘looks Muslim’ as a result of wearing a hijab, niqab or other form of traditional Islamic clothing. Yet as Chakraborti and Zempi rightly note, not only has this gendered dimension been largely overlooked, but so too have the voices of Muslim women themselves.”
Apologies for the relative silence in recent months on the blog but things have been changing !
First off, is the new look to the site. Hopefully you’ll find it a little fresher.
Second, there are going to be a number of new pages over the coming weeks that will provide access to as many of my articles, recordings, videos and more.
And finally, there will also be a return to the regular updates and blog posts.
Thanks for bearing with me !
Reproduced below is a short article I wrote for a Black History Month blog being hosted at the University of Birmingham.
To read the article from the blog, click here. Alternatively, read on:
Acknowledging Birmingham’s Multicultural Music Heritage
The summer of 1976 is remembered primarily for it having been one of the hottest summers in living memory. Things though weren’t just hot because of the sweltering temperatures: temperatures were also rising on the streets because of the growing spectre of racism.
Further to yesterday’s post relating to the written evidence I submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia in relation to the media representation of Muslims and Islam, today I am uploading a recording of the oral evidence I submitted.
Some might find it useful to have a copy of the written evidence with them when listening to the recording due to the references being made. If you want to do so, you can download this from here.
As I have done previously, I have again taken the opportunity to submit both written and oral evidence to the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia taking place at the House of Lords this afternoon.
Pulling together the headline findings from research undertaken between 2001 and 2012, I also included a reflection on events to have occurred in the past year including the Leveson report, the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich and the recent ‘moral panic’ about the wearing of the niqab.
To view the written submission, click here.
In addition to this submission, you might be interested in an article I wrote about the APPG for the Huffington Post earlier this year. You can view it here.