COMMENT: London Nach Dem Terror, Regierung und Muslime müssen miteinander reden – IslamIQ

islamiqFollowing on from writing for the Turkish-language German-based periodical Perspektif, I now have my articles republished – and translated into German – for IslamIQ. The pieces are the same although the titles do vary. This piece is titled, “London After The Terror: the Government and Muslims must talk to each other” and can be read in full by clicking here.

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London Nach Dem Terror, Regierung und Muslime müssen miteinander reden

Kurz nach dem Attentat auf der London Bridge Anfang Juni ließ Großbritanniens Premierministerin Theresa May verlauten, „genug sei genug“. Nach dem jüngsten Anschlag auf die Londoner Finsbury Park Moschee, bei dem ein weißer Brite einen Kleinbus in eine Gruppe von Muslimen gesteuert hatte, die nach dem Nachtgebet im Ramadan die Moschee gerade verließ, äußerte sie sich ähnlich, betonte diesmal allerdings die Notwendigkeit der Bekämpfung von Islamhass.

Angesichts einer Welle von Terroranschlägen, bei denen binnen vier Monaten 36 Menschen starben und 200 verletzt wurden, sagte May: „Es gibt, um es offen zu sagen, eine viel zu große Toleranz gegenüber Extremismus in unserem Land.“ Unterstützern von Extremismus müsse deutlich entschiedener entgegen getreten werden. Es sei an der Zeit, so May, „ einige schwierige und unangenehme Gespräche“ zu führen.

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COMMENT: Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims – The Conversation

conversation-full-logo2Here’s a piece I wrote for the always excellent The Conversation. Titled, “Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims” the piece was written in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque. You can read the piece in full by clicking here.

The first few paragraphs are reproduced below.

Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims

On hearing the news that Darren Osborne was arrested for terror offences including attempted murder following an attack on a group of Muslims near the Finsbury Park Mosque, it would have been easy to jump to the conclusion that the act was motivated by far-right ideologies.

But, while it would appear Osborne followed both Paul Golding and Jayda Francis – two leaders of the far-right group Britain First – on Twitter, officials said the suspect had no concrete links with any far-right group nor was he known to the security services. The investigation will now turn to what motivated the attack, which has rightly been described as terrorism.

For almost two decades, my research has shown how anti-Muslim views have become increasingly unquestioned and accepted in both the public and political discourse. In this respect, despite being roundly criticised by the right-wing press, Sayeeda Warsi, former co-chair of the Conservative party, was right when she said in 2011 that Islamophobia had passed the dinner table test.

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COMMENT: Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism – Huffington Post

huffington-post-logo.jpgYou can read a comment piece I wrote a while ago about why Theresa May was wrong to refer to Islamophobia as a form of extremism by clicking here.

Originally published in the Huffington Post, the first few paragraphs are reproduced below:

Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism

In response to the horrific events in Finsbury Park, Theresa May rightly described the attack as “an evil borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community”. In doing so, she captured the outrage that many were feeling.

What was interesting however was the way in which she referred to Islamophobia. According to her, Islamophobia was a form of extremism. Of course, any attempt to tackle Islamophobia is not only welcome but so too long overdue in the British political spaces especially as the Conservatives had gone silent on the issue once the impotence of its Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hate had been exposed. However, referring to Islamophobia as a form of extremism and indeed continuing to frame it in this way is extremely problematic.

Much has been made about the fact that Islamophobia is difficult to define. This isn’t exclusive to Islamophobia. In fact the same is true of all discriminatory phenomena including racism, homophobia and sexism among others. As an attempt to bring some consistency to the debate, I recently submitted a briefing paper to MPs suggesting that a definition of Islamophobia could be shaped from a Governmentally-endorsed working definition of Antisemitism.

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BRIEFING: Towards a Working Definition of Islamophobia

Briefing PaperFollowing on from the publication of the report by the Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life – titled, “The Missing Muslims – Unlocking British Muslim Potential for the Benefit of All” – I have pulled together a briefing paper that responds specifically to recommendation number 9 (page 13) and the need for Government to develop a working definition for Islamophobia. To download the paper, click here.

A copy of the briefing paper has been sent to all members of the Commission along with leading political representatives also.