Where are you Alibhai-Brown? Here’s to Millwall’s First Black Muslim Captain, Nadjim Abdou

I’ve never been a massive fan of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. But when she ignorantly waded into the racism in football debate last year with her ill-informed article in the Independent newspaper dated 23rd October 2012 and wrote that Millwall fans “still behave like animals when they watch black players”, my liking of her waned even further.… Read More Where are you Alibhai-Brown? Here’s to Millwall’s First Black Muslim Captain, Nadjim Abdou

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)

New Article on Concilio CIC: “The Need to Counter the Far Right’s anti-Muslim, anti-Islam Hate”

A quick post to direct people to an article I’ve just had published on the Concilio CIC website. You can read the article by clicking here. For those of you who don’t know, Concilio CIC describes itself as “a One Stop Information Source on the Activities of Far Right Groups in the United Kingdom”. But… Read More New Article on Concilio CIC: “The Need to Counter the Far Right’s anti-Muslim, anti-Islam Hate”

Birmingham Brief: “Why ‘Faith in the City’?”

In preparation for the ‘Faith in the City’ event tomorrow, the University of Birmingham today published a short think-piece I wrote entitled “Why ‘Faith in the City’?”. You can read the article on the University website by clicking here. The piece is also reproduced below: This week as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social… Read More Birmingham Brief: “Why ‘Faith in the City’?”

“Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction

“Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction” is a free event that I will be facilitating at the Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham on 2nd November 2011. The event will explore the way in which faith inspires and influences people to live, work and act in Birmingham’s diverse urban spaces. Bringing together individuals from different… Read More “Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction

New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’

I have today published a short report – aimed primarily at those working at the community level – that brings together a range of different Muslim voices from across Birmingham and the West Midlands in an attempt to better understand and explain the riots and more so, the actions and response of Muslims in the… Read More New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’