Islamophobia

Why I think Amanda Spielman should resign her Ofsted post

Arzu Merali argues that the Ofsted Chief’s position is untenable. [5 February 2018] I was supposed to be writing about counter-narratives to Islamophobia. Amanda Spielman, the Ofsted chief inspector, decided on Friday to prove exactly why these are needed. Hot on the heels of her speech backing a hijab ban at an

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European Islamophobia Report – UK, 2016

Arzu overviews events relating to Islamophobia in the Uk in 2016 for SETA. Read the report (p583 onwards) here. Executive Summary The year began with policy announcements from the erstwhile Prime Minister David Cameron regarding funding for English language classes for Muslim women he deemed were ‘traditionally submissive’ and therefore unable in

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Why was Gary Lineker’s Palestine tweet even controversial?

Lineker, by expressing outrage at the Israeli treatment of Palestinian children, has empowered the narrative of the oppressed – and inevitably brought wrath on himself* The line between Palestine and North London is not such a very long one. There is a moment early in the film, Those Glory Glory Days, when sports

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The Wrong Side of Britishness: Anti-Muslim Narratives in the UK

The ten key narratives of Islamophobia identified in the UK are key to creating an anti-Muslim environment.  The narratives are fuelled by political, media and law enforcement institutions each feeding off each other.  Arzu Merali argues that the impact serves to expel Muslims from the legal and political space and strikes to

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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: Islamophobia and “British Values”

From the 2016 IHRC Islamophobia Conference, The Environment of Hate and the Police State. IHRC and SACC held the third annual Islamophobia Conference entitled The Environment of Hate and the Police State on Saturday 3 December in Edinburgh with a parallel conference held in London at the P21 Gallery on Saturday 10 December.  Find

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