COMMENT: Does the European ruling on religious clothing suggest a move towards a more Islamophobic stance? – Birmingham Perspective

This was a piece I wrote a few weeks ago but for some reason ‘disappeared’ off the website ! Anyway, it’s back now and ready for sharing. The piece was a response to the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling that two Muslim women – one in Belgium, the other in France – who were dismissed… Read More COMMENT: Does the European ruling on religious clothing suggest a move towards a more Islamophobic stance? – Birmingham Perspective

Comment: Birmingham Isn’t The ‘Hotbed’ Of Islamist Extremism It Was Claimed To Be – El Estudiante

To mark the one month anniversary of the Westminster attacks, I reflect on some of the claims made about Birmingham not least that it’s the ‘jihadi capital’. To read the original, click here. Birmingham Isn’t The ‘Hotbed’ Of Islamist Extremism It Was Claimed To Be It’s been a month since Khalid Masood drove his car… Read More Comment: Birmingham Isn’t The ‘Hotbed’ Of Islamist Extremism It Was Claimed To Be – El Estudiante

IN THE NEWS: Westminster Attacks – International Coverage

Following on from last week’s attacks in Westminster, just thought that I would share some links to the international coverage my research and/or thoughts attracted in the aftermath: France 2 Terrorisme : quelles sont les mesures prises par les Britanniques ces dernières années? 24 March 2017 La Stampa Caccia alla cellula di Birmingham. Raffica di… Read More IN THE NEWS: Westminster Attacks – International Coverage

EVIDENCE: Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crime & its Violent Consequences

Yesterday I was invited to give evidence at a hearing of the Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its ongoing inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences. The hearing took place at Portcullis House, Westminster, was chaired by the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper and included among its panel the Labour MP Naz Shah. As… Read More EVIDENCE: Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crime & its Violent Consequences

COMMENT: Birmingham’s Muslims, A City Of Challenges And Opportunities – Huffington Post

This is a comment piece I wrote to coincide with the conference “Birmingham’s Muslims: past, present and futures, challenges and opportunities” that was held at the University of Birmingham last Friday, 21st October 2016. To view the piece in its original form, click here. Alternatively, you can read it below. Birmingham’s Muslims: A City Of Challenges… Read More COMMENT: Birmingham’s Muslims, A City Of Challenges And Opportunities – Huffington Post

Comment: Radicalisation on campus: why counter-terror duties for universities will not work – LSE Religion and the Public Sphere

Another comment piece I forgot to add when I wrote it a while ago that was published on the LSE’s ‘Religion in the Pubic Sphere’ website – click here to view. Radicalisation on campus: why counter-terror duties for universities will not work Universities are now required to provide specialist staff training on radicalisation, carry out… Read More Comment: Radicalisation on campus: why counter-terror duties for universities will not work – LSE Religion and the Public Sphere