RADIO: Extremism in Birmingham’s Schools, BBC Radio WM

Below is a recording of my appearance on BBC Radio WM’s breakfast show on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 during which time I chat with Pete Morgan about the shadow cast by the Operation Trojan Horse allegations in the light of the hearing of the Education Select Committee and the return of Birmingham’s schools for the new… Read More RADIO: Extremism in Birmingham’s Schools, BBC Radio WM

“Passing the Dinner Table Test Retrospective and Prospective Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia in Britain” (New Article)

A quick post to announce the publication of my new article, “Passing the Dinner Table Test Retrospective and Prospective Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia in Britain”. As it is ‘open access’, despite being published in a peer reviewed academic journal – SAGE Open – you can still download a pdf of the article for free. To do… Read More “Passing the Dinner Table Test Retrospective and Prospective Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia in Britain” (New Article)

Christmas Ruined: where’s the Christmas Story in the Gospels…? (Countdown to Christmas #4)

Last Christmas – having been studying Religious Studies for her A Levels – my daughter came home and announced: “Christmas is ruined” Noting that teenagers have a tendency to be over-dramatic, I didn’t panic. When she had calmed down, I asked her why it was ruined. “Because our RS teacher told me that basically none… Read More Christmas Ruined: where’s the Christmas Story in the Gospels…? (Countdown to Christmas #4)

It’s Personal: Christmas, Christianity and Calendars (Countdown to Christmas #3)

It’s funny what things we seem to take on board without question as indeed those things also that we seem to think are ‘made up’. Take for instance today and the buzz about the potential end of the world as predicted by the Mayans however many years ago. Really, was it ever going to happen… Read More It’s Personal: Christmas, Christianity and Calendars (Countdown to Christmas #3)

Christmas and the Census, Change and Complexity (Countdown to Christmas #2)

(This is a short piece I wrote for the University of Birmingham’s ‘Birmingham Brief’ series of briefings. It should have gone out last week, but because of the Christmas angle, the University decided to hold it back till this week. If you want to download the ‘official’ University version, you can do so by clicking… Read More Christmas and the Census, Change and Complexity (Countdown to Christmas #2)