conversation-full-logo2A version of my Birmingham Brief article examining ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ has now been published by The Conversation. You can read the full article by clicking here.

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as “takeover” bids by “hardline Muslims”.

Birmingham City Council has subsequently announced that it intends to freeze the recruitment of school governors and appoint a new chief adviser to deal specifically with the allegations.

This action comes in the wake of Operation Trojan Horse, a leaked anonymous letter – which some say is a hoax – that claims to reveal a plot to “overthrow” existing teachers and governors in various non-faith state schools across the city and replace them with “Islam-friendly” individuals who will run the schools in accordance with orthodox Islamic principles.

What to believe

Much has been made of the dossier. Some believe it is a conspiracy against Muslims while others cite it as evidence of a concerted effort to “Islamify” Britain or, to use a phrase preferred by some on the far-right, as evidence of “creeping sharia”.

Trying to disentangle the conspiracy from the connivance is, understandably, extremely difficult. From my own research into Islamophobia, Operation Trojan Horse would not be the first time that spurious claims have been made about Muslims and Islam in recent years. Such claims have included allegations of Muslims wanting to ban everything from Christmas to piggy banks.

Read on here.

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