Islamophobia

The Muslim Plot That Wasn't

Assed Baig | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Assed Baig

A secret document purporting to expose an undercover Muslim conspiracy to take over schools in Birmingham hit national news recently, prompting journalists to fall over themselves heralding a sinister 'Islamic plot', while eliciting both public statements from the Prime Minister and snap Ofsted inspections for the places of learning allegedly targeted by the conspirators.

Halal Meat Is Safe With Me, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the "intolerance" towards Musli...

Judge Apologises For Saying Muslims Beat Their Wives

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

An Irish judge who said he believed "Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives", has retracted his comments and apologised after widespread ange...

Mehdi Hasan

He's A 'Secular Fundamentalist'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics

Baroness Warsi has denounced atheist academic Richard Dawkins as a "secular fundamentalist", as she spoke about tackling Islamophobia. During a wid...

Mehdi Hasan

'This Is Personal To Me'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics

"There is no doubt that the word 'sharia' carries huge challenges in relation to public relations," declares the UK's most senior Muslim minister, Bar...

Muslim and LGBTQ Students Unite Against 'Student Rights' in Run Up to NUS Conference

Hilary Aked | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

It's sometimes said that attack is the best form of defence. Some of those think tanks and agitators who seem intent on marginalising Muslims appear to have worked out that the reverse is also true: while some right wingers are happy to go along with direct demonization campaigns, in order to get liberals to jump on the bandwagon of an Islamophobic campaign, defense is often the best form of attack...

Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

Liam Deacon | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly.

Students Must Stand Up to Racism and Ukip's Scapegoating

Aaron Kiely | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

If we are to successfully push back the current wave of racism, we will need an unrelenting campaign in the student movement in defence of our multicultural society against those who wish to divide us.

Rupert Murdoch Takes Bizarre Stance Amid LGBT Row

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

Rupert Murdoch has waded into the row over whether LGBT campaigners should be allowed to join a St Patrick's Day Parade. The media mogul suggested ...

Why Muslims in Birmingham Feel Like a 'Suspect' Community

Imran Awan | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Imran Awan

As I walk down some of the most vibrant and lively neighbourhoods in Birmingham I can feel a sense of unease and suspicion from the locals. Made up of a large South Asian population, the people of Alum Rock, Sparkbrook, Small Heath and Washwood heath tell me of a 'them' versus 'us' culture.

Man Arrested After Arson Attack On Mosque

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an arson attack on a mosque. Police were called to the mosque in Manor Road, Bletchley, Milt...

Student Rights Gets a Taste of Its Own Medicine as Fifth SU Publicly Condemns 'Anti-Extremism' Group

Hilary Aked | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Aked

Another students union has officially condemned the 'anti-extremism' organisation 'Student Rights'. On Thursday Kingston university became the fifth campus (following motions at LSE, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, and UCL) to join the counter-campaign called 'Real Student Rights' which continues to grow on the back of coverage in the national press.

Boris Johnson's Radicalisation Myth-Making

Arun Kundnani | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Arun Kundnani

Boris Johnson's suggestion this week that children of Islamic extremists be taken into care to prevent their being radicalised illustrates perfectly our collective failure to understand the problem of terrorism.

Book Review: Tabish Khair, How to Fight Islamist Terror From the Missionary Position

Claire Chambers | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Chambers

This is a fast-paced, hilarious novel that nonetheless has sufficient depth to withstand several re-readings. If there's any justice, it's going to be as big a hit in Euro-America as it has been in Khair's home country of India.

Islamophobia Is Real

Farida Ahmed | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

What is Islamophobia? It is an irrational fear and hatred of Muslims categorized as an identifiable group. Islamophobia is becoming an 'elephant in the room' - it is an actual phenomenon that has gained significant momentum in Europe over the last decade.

So All Muslims Who Visit Legoland are Terrorists, According to the Daily Mail

Imran Awan | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Imran Awan

The media, including newspapers such as the Daily Mail, must provide a more responsible, objective and proportionate way of reporting on stories, but I suppose that is expecting a lot from the Daily Mail.

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

Citizen's Charter for Ukip

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

Ukip MEP Gerard Batten demands that the UK Muslims must sign a code of conduct to show that they reject violence and agree that parts of the Qu'ran should be 'deferred or suspended'. He also warns of an explosion of mosques across Europe. His ignorance about Islam and the Muslims baggers belief...

The 'Quenelle' Salute Is Not Anti-Authority, It's Anti-Semitic

Steve Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

If you believe Nicolas Anelka, his use of the 'quenelle' was a conscious and deliberate "up yours" to the French establishment in support of friend Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala. But, for many in this country, the 'quenelle' was almost unheard of, and many still argue that it is an apolitical rejection of the state and Zionism. However, it is a ghastly reminder of modern anti-Semitism.

Tackling the Menace of Hate and Extremism in our Schools

Yousef Dar | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Ample coverage has been afforded to so called Islamist extremism fuelled by a few individuals, media and some politicians. Racism and Islamophobia continue to exist and yet very little is done about this menace. Some politicians have advocated that this is no longer a problem. Others have used the argument that legislation is in place to deal with Racism, hence we need to move on.

Islamophobia - Bigotry or Hypocrisy?

Yousef Dar | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

A lot has been written about this topic, is it real or is it a figment of the imagination of Muslims. Islamophobia has been on the rise for some thre...

WATCH: Lidl Cashier Shrieks 'Die, Muslim' At Customer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Horrified shoppers in a Birmingham Lidl bore witness to a shrieking row between a cashier and a customer, when a man was told "go on, you Muslim, die"...

Man 'Tore Up Koran' At Middlesbrough Football Match

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A man has been arrested after pages were torn from the Koran and thrown during a football match, police said. The incident, which happened during a...

Ex-EDL Leader Tommy Robinson's 'Tolerance' Talk To Schoolchildren Cancelled

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A school which booked the former leader of the English Defence Tommy Robinson, who has a criminal record for violence and fraud, to talk to schoolchil...

What Islam-bashers Can Learn From 'The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Who'd have guessed that 2013 would be the year in which Aaron Sorkin would come to the rescue of Islam? To clarify: the creator of The West Wing hasn't converted and become a Muslim. He probably doesn't have a clue how significant his (inadvertent) contribution has been to the struggle against Islamophobia...