Briefing: Manifestations of Intolerance Against Muslims: Public Spaces, Political Narratives & Media in the UK – 10th Anniversary of OSCE’s Cordoba Conference & Declaration, Vienna Austria

In preparation of my presentation at tomorrow’s conference in Vienna, Austria marking the 10th Anniversary of the OSCE’s Cordoba Conference and Declaration, I drew together a short briefing paper which expands on the main themes and ideas that I will be putting forward. Reflective and drawing on many of the issues that I have explored… Read More Briefing: Manifestations of Intolerance Against Muslims: Public Spaces, Political Narratives & Media in the UK – 10th Anniversary of OSCE’s Cordoba Conference & Declaration, Vienna Austria

Spot the difference: Islam4UK & the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a ‘Christian’ church based in Kansas, United States. It was established in 1952 by one Fred Phelps. The church is essentially a ‘platform’ for the views and teachings of Fred Phelps. Islam4UK is a ‘Muslim’ organisation based in the United Kingdom. It was established circa 2005/6 by – amongst… Read More Spot the difference: Islam4UK & the Westboro Baptist Church

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

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…