BBC News: “Muslims ‘shown in positive light’ after Birmingham riots”

Following the publication of my report, ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’ last week, BBC News online has written a feature about it. I have reproduced the feature below although if you prefer to read the original – written by Sitala Peek – you can… Read More BBC News: “Muslims ‘shown in positive light’ after Birmingham riots”

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’

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…

Eastenders shows that Muslims are human…it’s Islamophobic !!!

Having been researching the representation of Muslims and Islam in the media for about the last eight years, I was amazed at a recent story that has hit the news. The BBC has received 107 complaints – I’m guessing primarily from Muslims – about an episode of ‘Eastenders‘ that was broadcast in September. In the… Read More Eastenders shows that Muslims are human…it’s Islamophobic !!!

When the beautiful turns ugly: death threats against the pole-dancing daughter

Having posted about the irony of Omar Bakri Mohammed’s daughter becoming a pole-dancer, I was horrified by reports that she and her son are now having to living in separate ‘safe houses’ following threats from what the newspapers describe as ‘Muslim extremists’ (click here to read the story). I’m no theologian, nor am I one… Read More When the beautiful turns ugly: death threats against the pole-dancing daughter

A Beautiful Irony 2: Omar Bakri Mohammed’s Daughter is a Pole-Dancer

A short while ago, I wrote how a wry smile crept across my face when it was reported how a former BNP activist had converted to Islam in prison and was (allegedly) ‘converting’ and ‘recruiting’ fellow inmates to radical Islam. A wry smile again crept across my face when I read the story about the… Read More A Beautiful Irony 2: Omar Bakri Mohammed’s Daughter is a Pole-Dancer