I was recently asked by the Great British Community to write a short blog article as part of it’s “Faith & Religion” month.

For those who are unaware, the Great British Community is a Link Up UK initiative that is built around a community of individuals that, as the website says, have together:

“brought about some of the greatest innovations in recent years. We’ve created computers, developed jet engines, our music is celebrated around the world, we’ve built incredible and award winning buildings, we’ve won Olympic medals, we’ve even won the Ashes. And many of these achievements and so much of what we consider to be quintessentially British have come about as a result of the different communities that make up Britain today.”

It goes on to add that despite this and Britain being famed for its tolerance, we still have problems around diversity and difference. As a community therefore, the Great British Community is working towards bringing about change by exploring the extent to which Britain’s diversity is contributing to the way we live today. To read more about the Community, visit the website here.

Focusing on Islamophobia and the resonance it has with racism, my short blog article was published by them today. You can read the article here.

To hopefully whet the appetite, I’ve pasted the first paragraph below:

As a child in the 1970s, I fondly remember many of the decade’s sitcoms. Alongside the classics that many of us treasure, I also remember watching some of those we choose to forget. Having enjoyed watching both ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ and ‘Mind Your Language’ at the time, I recently revisited them as a means of highlighting to students just how much Britain and British society has changed over the past forty to fifty years. Built around some of the crassest racial and ethnic stereotypes ever seen on British television, both programmes nowadays make me feel incredibly uncomfortable.

To continue reading the article, click here.


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