COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık’ta İslamofobinin 20 Yıllık Bilançosu – Perspektif

perspektif_logoAs with previous months, I have today had a new comment piece published in the German-based Turkish language periodical, Perspektif. This month’s piece reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Runnymede Trust’s report, Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All. To view the piece, click here.

For those who can read Turkish, I have reproduced the opening paragraph below.

Birleşik Krallık’ta İslamofobinin 20 Yıllık Bilançosu

Birleşik Krallık’ta 1997 yılının kasım ayında ilk İslamofobi raporu yayınlandı. 20 yılın ardından ülkede İslamofobi hâlâ herkes için önemini koruyan bir sorun.

Birleşik Krallık’ta bu kasım ayı, Runnymede Vakfı’nın “İslamofobi: Hepimiz İçin Bir Meydan Okuma” isimli raporunun yayımlanmasının 20. yıldönümü olacak. Bundan 20 yıl önce Britanya Müslümanları ve İslamofobi Komisyonu’ndan çıkan bulguları ortaya koyan Runnymede raporuyla birlikte, kamuoyu ve siyasilerin dikkati ilk kez Britanya’daki Müslüman karşıtlığı ve ayrımcılığı üzerine çekilmişti. İslamofobi’yi “İslam’a duyulan korku ya da nefretin – ve dolayısıyla Müslümanlardan korkmanın ya da nefret etmenin en kestirme yolu” olarak nitelendiren raporda, “İslamofobik söylemin, bazen apaçık ama sıklıkla da üstü örtük şekilde kendini gösterdiği ve bu söylemlerin modern Britanya’da günlük yaşamın bir parçası olduğu” ifadesi yer alıyordu.

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Article: Islamophobia in Western Europe – Oxford Islamic Studies Online

euro islamophobiaI’m pleased to announce that my entry to Oxford Islamic Studies Online titled, ‘Islamophobia in Western Europe’ has been published this week.

The best thing is that during Ramadan, Oxford are allowing free access to all of its content if you use the following log in details:

Username: ramadan2014

Password: freeaccess

To read my entry, click here.

The first few paragraphs are reproduced below:

Western Europe, Islamophobia in

“Islamophobia” is a relatively new word that is used to describe a contemporary phenomenon that encompasses myriad expressions of anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic prejudice, discrimination, bigotry, and hatred. It is, however, an extremely complex and contested phenomenon. The most likely reason for this is the lack of consensus in trying to define and understand what Islamophobia might or might not be.

Definitions and Contestation

Typically, definitions of the word refer to or are rooted in the 1997 report of the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia (CBMI) titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All. Commonly referred to as the Runnymede Trust Report, the document is widely acknowledged as the first to raise the issue of Islamophobia in contemporary Western political spaces. In doing so, the report defined Islamophobia as a shorthand term to describe the dread or hatred of the religion of Islam and, by consequence, the fear of or dislike of all or most Muslims without differentiation. To illustrate this, the report identified a number of “closed views” through which Islamophobia could be evidenced. These closed views depict Islam as monolithic and static, as other and separate, as inferior, as an enemy, and as manipulative.

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“Passing the Dinner Table Test Retrospective and Prospective Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia in Britain” (New Article)

islmph bwA quick post to announce the publication of my new article, “Passing the Dinner Table Test Retrospective and Prospective Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia in Britain”. As it is ‘open access’, despite being published in a peer reviewed academic journal – SAGE Open – you can still download a pdf of the article for free. To do so, click here.

If you want to know what the article is about before downloading, I’ve pasted the abstract below:

“Through establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia and Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, the Coalition government has afforded significance to Islamophobia. Focusing on definition, evidence, and politics, this article considers British governmental policy approaches to tackling Islamophobia over the past 15 years. Tracing religiously based discrimination from the 1980s to the publication of the Runnymede Trust’s 1997 groundbreaking report into Islamophobia, this article explores how the New Labour government sought primarily to address Islamophobia through a broadening of the equalities framework. Against a backdrop of 9/11 and 7/7, a concurrent security and anti-terror agenda had detrimental impacts. Under the Coalition, there has been a marked change. Considering recent developments and initiatives, the Coalition has seemingly rejected Islamophobia as an issue of equalities preferring approaches more akin to tackling Anti-Semitism. In conclusion, definition, evidence, and politics are revisited to offer a prospective for future British governmental policy.”

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Interview for Deutsche Welle: “Racial inequality still rife across Western world”

Following an interview with Deutsche Welle’s journalist Tamsin Benn, my comments have been included in an article published on their website. The article is reproduced below although you can click here to see the original:

Racial inequality still rife across Western world

The UN day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been on the global calendar for 35 years, but experts say there’s a long way to go before it becomes redundant. Not least due to a rise in Islamophobia.

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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 inspire confidence in Muslim communities’

The Muslim Council of Britain hosted a special closed-meeting to discuss the growing spate of attacks in all its forms against British Muslims on March 3rd at the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons.

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Towards an All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia: expert witness transcript

On Wednesday 3rd March 2010, I was invited to give an ‘expert witness’ statement at a Parliamentary meeting to discuss the creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia . APPGs include members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords from across all of the political parties who meet together to discuss a particular issue of concern. They tend to focus most on the governing party’s priorities, discussing new developments and inviting Government Ministers to speak at their meetings. APPGs have no formal place in the legislature but are an effective way of bringing together parliamentarians and other interested parties including academics, NGOs and campaign groups amongst others.

Below is a transcript of the statement I made at the meeting held in the Grand Committee Room, the House of Commons:

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EHRC’s Religion or Belief E-Newsletter

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have today published the first edition of its ‘Religion or Belief E-Newsletter’. Included in this is a short review of the Islamophobia and religious discrimination symposium held at the University of Birmingham last December. The review is pasted below:

Islamophobia & Religious Discrimination: new perspectives, policies and practices

A symposium in December at the University of Birmingham – hosted by the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) – brought together key individuals from the Department of Communities & Local Government, the Equality & Human Rights Commission, the Houses of Parliament, Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham amongst others, to consider the extent to which religious discrimination was on the rise and whether the current legislation and policies were working.

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