Sex and Violence – not enough of one, too much of the other…

In the minds of so many security and terrorism experts, to evoke the notion that there is a genuine problem with masculinity in relation to the radicalised, including from those of Muslim minority backgrounds as well as in Muslim-majority settings, raises eyebrows galore. Certainly, there has been a great deal of work on the far…Continue reading Sex and Violence – not enough of one, too much of the other…

Islamophobia as the cause of far right extremism

Much of the media and political responses to the Finsbury Park attack have been lame. This is because Islamophobia has been normalised in Britain. I argue that this Islamophobia is fuelled by the media, acting as a driver of far right extremism inasmuch as far right extremism thrives on Islamist radicalisation. Arguably, Darren Osborne would…Continue reading Islamophobia as the cause of far right extremism

What future now?

Waking up on a Saturday morning, there is always the experience of getting up early, sinking a strong coffee with breakfast and open-endedly reading the pages of news stories while thinking through how to best utilise the weekend. The themes of Brexit, Europe, the upcoming UK General Election and the recent local elections fill many…Continue reading What future now?

The Real “Trojan Horse” Scandal in Birmingham Schools

The so-called “Trojan Horse” plot of 2014 raised numerous concerns about the Islamisation of education in a range of inner city schools in Birmingham. Ofsted investigations of 21 schools explored these concerns at the behest of the then Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP. At the head of this so-called plot, a certain…Continue reading The Real “Trojan Horse” Scandal in Birmingham Schools

The Dutch-Turkish Spat: How Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

A few days ago, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, was prevented from landing in the Netherlands so that he could speak at a rally in Rotterdam. In response, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referred to the Dutch as ‘Nazi remnants’. A poor choice of phraseology, although he spoke in Turkish and translations of his remarks are…Continue reading The Dutch-Turkish Spat: How Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

White Out(Rage): Trump, Islam and Whiteness

It is going to be a very difficult time under Trump. Behind his victory is the intersection of two sets of processes. Both rich and poor white groups believe that their privileges are disappearing in the light of globalisation, immigration and diversity.(1) Trump voters feel comfortable expressing their latent racism, believing it is a legitimate…Continue reading White Out(Rage): Trump, Islam and Whiteness

Burkinis and the male gaze: a thinly veiled discussion

The French burkini ban is a completely ridiculous statement of prejudice and intolerance towards people who are different, in this case, Muslim women who choose to wear a bathing costume that also protects their modesty. It is a perfect recruiting sergeant for Islamic State who will make great capital from the idea that the West…Continue reading Burkinis and the male gaze: a thinly veiled discussion

Far Right Extremism and Islamic Political Radicalism

The recent tragic murder of Jo Cox MP has brought to the surface major concerns in relation to far-right extremism in Britain today. Although much within media and political discourses focuses on Islamic political extremism, there is little attention given to far-right violence. Moreover, these acts are no aberration either. Rather, various reporting necessarily suggests…Continue reading Far Right Extremism and Islamic Political Radicalism

Lazy Cameron Speaks the Language of Racialism

It is reasonably encouraging that the British Prime Minister wishes to fund the teaching of English language to British Muslim women who have been left behind by ‘progress’, as it were, but the backdrop to his statements are however deeply problematic, as well the implications they raise. In the 1950s, British ‘coloured immigrants’, as they…Continue reading Lazy Cameron Speaks the Language of Racialism

On Racism

There are some who find it difficult to utter the ‘R’ word. Racism is a concept that has completely disappeared from the popular vernacular in relation to understanding differences in society. Greater concern is often placed on notions of values, or concerns in relation to certain community norms that are seen as antithetical to Britishness.…Continue reading On Racism

An open letter to my embattled Muslim professional colleagues in Britain

Dear Friends I am hearing from friends and colleagues in Britain that they are suffering the relentless strain of engaging in anti-racism and scholarly activities in fighting bigotry towards Muslims. It seems that the situation in Britain is certainly quite severe. It is totally understandable that so many academics, activists and politically-engaged people feel a…Continue reading An open letter to my embattled Muslim professional colleagues in Britain