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First Muslims, now the left: How the UK government has Islamised dissent

New paper from the Commission for Countering Extremism associates left-wing views with ‘violent extremism’ The document released by the UK Commission for Countering Extremism, titled “Violent extremist tactics and the ideology of the sectarian left” reads more like a textbook of sectarianism than an analysis of its ideas and methods. It is deeply alarming. Earlier this year,

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Don’t mention the war: Muslim amnesia and the need for collective memory

Reflexively showcasing Muslim contributions to Westernised society will not in and of itself address the Islamophobia-motivated erasure and misrepresentation of Muslims from national narratives. That requires a wider, more forceful recognition and restatement of the role played by colonialism in subalternising racialised minorities, argues Arzu Merali.* “Armed Forces Day was one strand

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This week the British establishment proved Islamophobia is alive and well

UK police have rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, saying it could challenge free speech and undermine counter-terrorism efforts* It has been a week for those decrying the idea of institutional Islamophobia in Britain to inadvertently prove that it exists. First, there was Policy Exchange’s report, “On Islamophobia,” co-authored by the erstwhile

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Is the UK pushing a false narrative on Hezbollah?

Ban on Hezbollah will criminalise dissent and become part of a gamut of law and policy the state uses to silence criticism In 2006, there was a war – another onslaught by the invincible Israeli war machine. Despite a media bias so palpable that even the BBC found itself guilty in a review of

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Defining extremism: What does 2019 hold for British Muslims?

Institutionalised Islamophobia has contributed to hate crimes, discrimination and the exclusion of Muslims from political spaces* Where to start or finish a year’s overview of Islamophobia in the UK? We can focus on the comments of various public figures, not least former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who was exonerated of any wrongdoing for his

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Bodyguard? Islamophobia by any other name smells just as rank

Arzu Merali says that despite getting the nation well and truly hooked the BBC series The Bodyguard played into virtually every Islamophobic stereotype. It’s Monday evening and I am still annoyed, and frankly alarmed. I am still thinking about the finale of the BBC Drama series Bodyguard that aired in the UK last

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Islamophobia at the Intra-Muslim Level – The Case of Nigeria

Arzu Merali‘s paper on the attacks on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and how sectarian narratives have been instrumentalised. Sectarian narratives abound in and about Nigeria. Deemed a post-colonial state in international relations terms, it is considered to be afflicted by ‘Muslim’ / ‘Christian’ ‘communal tensions’, ‘tribal tensions’ and ‘corruption’. In an

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