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CM22: Utopias

Boyd Tonkin surfs the coast of utopia, Bruce Wannell explores the Gardens of Paradise, Hassan Mahamdallie joins the community of Findhorn, Marco Lauri dissects ibn Tufayl's utopian masterpiece, Medina Whiteman's parents escape to ...

Muslim Institute Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture: Multiculturalism in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Lord Bhikhu Parekh
The Muslim Institute's Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture took place on Tuesday 9 May 2017, at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London. Speaker Lord Bhikhu Parekh discussed multiculturalism in an age of Brexit and Trump: ...

Multiculturalism in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Tahir Abbas
The renowned Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh spoke at the annual Ibn Rushd Lecture of the Muslim Institute, held at the Art Workers’ Guild Hall in London on 9 May 2017. The first time I heard Lord Parekh speak was in ...

CM21: Relations

Samia Rahman is perplexed by our complex network of relationships, Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka 'Annie'), Syed Nomanul Haq follows classical scholars seeking royal ...

A Beginner's Guide to Andalusi Calligraphy

Medina Whiteman and Zak Whiteman
This is the story of a calligraphic script that is almost extinct, yet which was once a crucial part of the most extraordinary cultural flourishing of the Middle Ages. We trace its journey from Madinah to its pinnacle in Al-Andalus, where we look ...

The State of Estrangement

Muddasir Ramzan
The individuality or the identity of Kashmir – as the paradise on earth, the most militarised area, the alcove of saints, the flashpoint between India and Pakistan etc – is now receding and shifting into a distinctiveness where Nature ...

Should We Blame Islam for Terrorism? by David Shariatmadari

Since the Westminster attacks, many people seem to have been getting stuck on the following question, as they do after most acts of jihadi violence: “Is there something special about Islam? Something that lends itself to ...

The Past That Claims the Future

Muddasir Ramzan
These days, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade, I have had an opportunity to explore the wealth of our heritage. Kashmir, besides being known as a war-torn territory shrouded in the magnificence of nature, is also renowned as ...

Integration-mad Muslims? by Shanon Shah

The second British Islam Conference (25-26 February 2017) discussed disability, domestic violence, interfaith relations, and the persecution of Ahmadis as well as the experiences of black Muslims, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

Europe Wrote the Book on Demonising Refugees, Long Before Trump Read it by Piro Rexhepi

We're told that Donald Trump is uniquely hardline in his anti-Muslim rhetoric. In fact, Europe's draconian attitudes have helped to legitimise his approach.