Islamophobia

European Islamophobia Report – UK, 2015

Arzu overviews events relating to Islamophobia in the UK in 2016 for SETA. Read the report (p550 onwards) here. Executive Summary The UK faced a difficult year, marked by what many perceived as a downward turn in race relations, seeing in particular, a demonstrable rise in Islamophobia.The general election in May saw

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Louise Casey’s common (non)sense and the illogic of racism

Arzu Merali argues that years of reports have done little but push the UK further towards Victorian victim shaming and ever widening socio-economic divides* There was that time Louise Casey did her report into homelessness. Remember that? Maybe not. Or her foray into crime and punishment? Or troubled families or anti-social behaviour? Maybe, or maybe not still,

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VIDEO: Islamophobia Conference 2016 – Scotland

I spoke at the SACC and IHRC conference in Edinburgh in 2016 about how education, the legal system and the Prevent / Counter-terrorism regime coalesce to create an environment of hate that facilitates the operation of a de facto Police State. In this state citizens are either living in fear and self-censorship,

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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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Love and war in Cameron’s England

The British premier’s policy announcement of funding to teach Muslim women English has made me want to stop speaking the language I love* There’s the personal and public – a reimagining of the feminist standpoint if you like. It’s the way I see David Cameron’s speech announcing the need (and coincidentally the funding) to

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Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK

In the wake of the publication of a landmark report documenting a rise in anti-Muslim racism in the UK, one of its authors, Arzu Merali, argues for a deeper understanding of the systemic roots of Islamophobia.* “While the media has always been identified as a problem area when it comes to rising

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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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Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK

BUY A COPY NOW IN DIGITAL DOWNLOAD or PAPERBACK Publication Date: 17 November 2015 £5 (download) £10 (hard copy) / ISBN: 978-1-909853-01-0 (download) ISBN: 978-1-909853-00-3 (hard copy) / 233mm x 156mm / 272 pages / Islamic Human Rights Commission Click here to read the Executive Summary Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in

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