Against Complacency: new article on the MCB’s Soundings

A revised version of my blog article, Theresa May and Coalition Government accused of ‘complacency’ over re-hashing failed New Labour policies has now been published on the MCB’s Soundings web-page as part of its PREVENT 2011: towards informed responses feature. You can view the revised version, Against Complacency, by clicking here. As well as my… Read More Against Complacency: new article on the MCB’s Soundings

The Real Re-Thinking Required (a response to Prospect’s ‘Beyond race and multiculturalism’)

Reproduced from the MCB’s ReSoundings website and is a response to Prospect magazine’s Rethinking Race dossier. Munira Mirza’s ‘Rethinking Race’ dossier in the October edition of Prospect magazine evokes in me an ambivalent response. ‘Has multiculturalism had its day?’ The answer, for me, is both Yes and No. But more importantly, whilst multiculturalism may indeed… Read More The Real Re-Thinking Required (a response to Prospect’s ‘Beyond race and multiculturalism’)

Experts and Parliamentarians Together to Discuss Islamophobia

A report from the Muslim Council of Britain’s website about the closed Parliamentary meeting last week to discuss the establishment of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia. Read the article below or by clicking here: ‘The formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia would be a crucial step and one that would… Read More Experts and Parliamentarians Together to Discuss Islamophobia

What a Difference a Year Makes: Geert Wilders, the MCB & the Stench of Hypocrisy

What a difference a year makes… On the 8th February 2008 following the refusal by the Home Office to grant a visa to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Inayat Bunglawala on behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) told the BBC that the decision had: “worrying implications for freedom of speech”. “Whatever one may think of some… Read More What a Difference a Year Makes: Geert Wilders, the MCB & the Stench of Hypocrisy

Ban, Ban and Ban Again: Is Sarah Maple the new ‘Jewel of Medina’ that was the the new ‘Satanic Verses’…

(This post expands upon some of the issues raised in my column for The Birmingham Post this month) Having recently raised concerns about the (impending?) protests against the publication of ‘The Jewel of Medina‘ and the complaints about recent episodes of ‘Eastenders‘, another story relating to ‘Muslim outrage’ has hit the headlines. In The Telegraph… Read More Ban, Ban and Ban Again: Is Sarah Maple the new ‘Jewel of Medina’ that was the the new ‘Satanic Verses’…

The Jewel of Medina: light the blue touch paper, step back and wait…

I’ve referred to the publication of ‘The Jewel of Medina’ previously, suggesting that the response from some Muslims and Muslim organisations seems to have completely overlooked the fallout and legacy of ‘The Satanic Verses’ affair. In fact, on the day that I posted a twenty year reflection on the publication of ‘The Satanic Verses’ a… Read More The Jewel of Medina: light the blue touch paper, step back and wait…