Dr. Leon Moosavi
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Dr Leon Moosavi is a sociologist of race and religion, specialising in Muslim communities in Britain. He is currently working on research projects relating to extremism, cultural diversity and community cohesion. He completed his PhD in the Sociology Department of Lancaster University in 2011. His thesis examined conversion to Islam in contemporary Britain, with the title: Islamophobia, Belonging and ‘Race’ in the Experiences of Muslim Converts in Britain.

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The EDL are Not 'Counter-Jihad Extremists'; They're Islamophobic Extremists

(5) Comments | Posted 9 March 2013 | (10:59)

Exciting new research findings were published on Thursday giving a fresh insight into the English Defence League. Dr Matthew Goodwin has produced another insightful account that helps us better understand the workings of the EDL. What first struck me about the research though was the description of the...

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Why Has the Number of Muslims in the UK Risen So Much?

(294) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (23:00)

Figures from the 2011 census show that the Muslim population in the UK has substantially risen between 2001 and 2011 from 1.5 million to almost 3 million. This now takes the proportion of Muslims from 2% of the population to 5%. In some towns, Muslims make up almost 50% of...

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The Beginning of the End for the EDL

(31) Comments | Posted 3 May 2012 | (00:00)

Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League, is set to be unveiled as the deputy leader of the British Freedom Party. There's been talk for more than a year of the EDL leadership wanting to become involved in mainstream politics, but this is the...

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So What if George Galloway is a Muslim?

(1) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (20:43)

It's been announced that George Galloway has converted to Islam. Galloway has responded by denying the alleged conversion ceremony took place, but not entirely ruling out the possibility that he has embraced Islam. It shouldn't matter whether Galloway is a Muslim or not. As a politician,...

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The Fight Against Islamophobia Steps up a Gear

(48) Comments | Posted 22 February 2012 | (23:00)

A new service has been launched this week enabling Muslims to report anti-Muslim discrimination. The initiative by Faith Matters must be applauded and can be a milestone in challenging Islamophobia.

Over the past four years, my own research about Islamophobia has highlighted the need to recognise and...

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