The ‘first’ decade of Islamophobia: 10 years of the Runnymede Trust report "Islamophobia: a challenge for us all"

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of the Runnymede Trust/ Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia report, “Islamophobia: a challenge for us all”. Without any doubt whatsoever, the report has been one of the most influential documents of its kind.

In recognition of this, I have put together a short document that includes a new ‘think-piece’ about Islamophobia that you might be interested in reading. You can download this for free by visiting my website at:

I would be really interested to see what you all have to say so add your comments/ thoughts/ criticisms below. Any that are sent to me via e-mail will also be added…



2 thoughts on “The ‘first’ decade of Islamophobia: 10 years of the Runnymede Trust report "Islamophobia: a challenge for us all"

  1. Although I do sometimes refer to the RT definition of Islamophobia (it’s on my website) – and I concur with all the criticisms of its closed/open duality made in this essay – when I am looking for tools to address the problem, I have generally held my hope in Poole’s research. Trouble is, that only really details and analyses the problem, and it’s solution seems to be – as per typical academia – if only we could analyse media in terms of these (my) findings. However, just like other ‘tools’, e.g. Richardson’s CDA, Poole’s implied solution doesn’t really work – just like Richardson’s attempt to resurrect linguistic fallacies to counter media polemic, the whole idea is simply out of touch with how media discourses function in the real social world. What we need is a bridge between Poole’s and Richardson’s analyses and media action. Any suggestions, Chris?

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