Interviews

VIDEO: Islamophobia- Roots, Discourses and Counter-narratives from a Decolonial Perspective

Arzu Merali is interviewed by SISUMMA.   Keywords: Deocoloniality, Islamophobia, counter-narratives, Palestine, media, social media, demonisation   Arzu Merali, activist and co-founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) based in the UK came to Granada to participate in the International Conference ISLAMOPHOBIA: ROOTS, DISCOURSES AND COUNTER-NARRATIVES FROM A DECOLONIAL PERSPECTIVE that

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VIDEO: UK ‘Deradicalization’ Program Shrouded in Secrecy

Arzu Merali interviewed on Real News Network about IHRC’s decision to no longer take part on consultations with the British government over anti-terrorism laws and so-called deradicalization Read the transcript below the video. SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. The independent reviewer of

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VIDEO: Countering Islamophobia in Europe

At the Launch of the Counter Islamophobia Kit (CIK) at the European Parliament in Brussels in September, Alfiaz Vaiya interviewed Arzu Merali, Jean Lambert MEP and Professor Salman Sayyid on European Parliament TV. From 2017 – 2018 the Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit* team looked at narratives and counternarratives to Islamophobia in 8 European countries:

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Environment of Hate: More Press Coverage

The launch of Environment of Hate: The New normal for Muslims in the UK garnered a fair bit of media attention. Here are some more links   Rising Islamophobia In Britain ‘Is Creating An Environment Of Hate’ – The Huffington Post UK Muslims suffer pain and prejudice of a more hostile Britain – The Times

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VIDEO & AUDIO: BBC Reporting of Environment of Hate

The launch of Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK was reported across the BBC.   The book deals with Islamophobia in the UK.  Here is some of their coverage. Government policy ‘negatively affects’ Muslims – BBC British Muslim convert ‘reported to authorities by college’ – BBC Arzu Merali interviewed –

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VIDEO: Islamophobia on London Buses

Some thoughts on the reports of attacks on London Buses for ‘The Report’ on Islamic Channel. From Islam Channel’s blurb: Over the weekend a second video emerged online showing the abuse of an elderly Muslim man on a London bus. Reporter Yasmin Khatun takes a look at the recent anti-Islamic hate attacks

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‘There is something wrong when free speech is exclusive’

Before Wednesday, Arzu Merali felt slightly optimistic about events in Germany. The British blogger and human rights activist drew hope from the massive German opposition to the Pegida protests rather than being discouraged by the Islamophobic expressions themselves. The attack on Charlie Hebdo turns that optimism into firewood. A conversation about the predictable future, citizenship,

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